MLB Picks June 26: Astros Battle Yankees in Featured Game

The MLB season is quickly approaching the All-Star break and teams are looking to make a statement. There is a full slate of action for June 26 with two AL titans, the Astros and the Yankees, headlining the action.

Houston Astros versus New York Yankees

The Astros lead the AL West and face the Yankees with the best record in the league. Houston is “burning hot” and +27 on the Power Ranking Indicator and the Yankees are “average up” and +8, respectively. Jose Urquidy is set to pitch for the Astros versus Nester Cortes for the Yankees. Urquidy is 6-3 with a 4.68 ERA and +367 on the Pitcher Profit Oscillator. Cortes is 6-3 with a 2.31 ERA and +307. The two teams have been involved in games “over” the line in 11 of their last 12 games combined. The Score Predictor likes the Astros by a 5-2 score with 59 percent confidence. I like the Yankees at home in a game going “over” the line.

Chicago Cubs versus St. Louis Cardinals

In this NL Central battle, the Cubs head into play “average” on the Team Strength Oscillator and +3 on the Power Ranking Indicator. The Cardinals come into the game “burning hot” and +6. The Score Predictor likes the Cardinals by a score of 7-3 with 46 percent confidence. The teams have been involved in games over the line in eight of their last 11 games. Matt Swarmer is scheduled to pitch for the Cubs versus Jack Flaherty for the Cardinals. Swarmer is 1-3 with a 5.89 ERA and -400 on the Pitcher Profit Oscillator. Flaherty is 0-0 with a 7.50 ERA and -14.  I like the Cardinals in a game “over” the line.

Cincinnati Reds versus San Francisco Giants

Neither team is playing well entering this series. The Reds are “dead” on the Team Strength Oscillator and the Giants are “average down”. The Giants have a +19 to 0 edge on the Power Ranking Indicator. Tyler Mahle is set to pitch for the Reds versus Anthony DeSclafani for the Giants. Mahle is 2-6 with a 4.57 ERA and a poor bet at -334 on the Pitcher Profit Oscillator. DeSclafani is 0-1 with a 7.91 ERA. The Score Predictor likes the Giants by a score of 9-7 with 71 percent confidence. Note that the Reds have been more stable at +13 to +4 on the Team Volatility Oscillator. Expect a slugfest with the Giants coming out on top.

Los Angeles Dodgers versus Atlanta Braves

Two top teams in the NL battle in Atlanta. The Dodgers come in “burning hot” and +21 on the Power Ranking Indicator, while the Braves are “average” and +4, respectively. The teams have been trending on opposite sides of the “over/under” line. The Score Predictor likes the Dodgers by a score of 8-4 with 61 percent confidence. Note that both teams are showing stability, at +17 and +15 on the Team Volatility Oscillator. I like the Braves at home, but avoid the “over/under” bet.

Colorado Rockies versus Minnesota Twins

In this NL/AL battle, the two teams are both trending downward. The Rockies are “average down” and +17 on the Power Ranking Indicator, while the Twins are “ice cold down” and +9. Ryan Feltner is scheduled to pitch for the Rockies. He is 1-2 with a 5.46 ERA and -239 on the Pitcher Profit Oscillator. The Score Predictor sees this as a slugfest with the Rockies coming out on top, 8-7. The Team Volatility Oscillator has the Twins at +13 and the Rockies at +12. Both teams have been trending in games “over” the line. I like the Twins at home in a high-scoring game.

Philadelphia Phillies versus San Diego Padres

The Phillies head to San Diego facing a Padres team that is “burning hot” and +25 on the Power Ranking Indicator. The Phillies are “average down” after losing their last three and are +14 on the Power Ranking Indicator. The Score Predictor likes the Padres by the score of 5-1 with 47 percent confidence. The teams have been trending on opposite sides of the “over/under” line, so best to avoid the bet for this game. Note that the Phillies have been inconsistent with regard to their favorite/underdog status. I like the Padres to stay hot and come away with a home win.

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