Heading into the final two months of the regular season, the divisional and wild card races are heating up! Note that the scheduled pitchers could change with the trade deadline of July 31 quickly approaching. The matchup of the weekend is the Red Sox and the Yankees. Also please make an effort to not out top automated systems for the month of August.
Boston Red Sox versus New York Yankees
In this AL East battle, the third-place Red Sox travel to New York for a four-game series against the Yankees. Boston is 6-4 over their last ten, “average” and +28 on the Power Ranking Indicator. The Yankees have split their last ten games, are “average” on the Team Strength Oscillator and +27 on the Power Ranking Indicator. Both teams are playing in high scoring games, so betting the “over” is safe for this weekend. the Yankees are among the most stable teams in the league at +30 on the Team Volatility Oscillator. They are performing consistently according to their favorite/underdog status. Eduardo Rodriguez, Chris Sale, and David Price are among the scheduled starters for the Red Sox and James Paxton and Domingo German are two of the starters for the Yankees. Expect an exciting series in which neither team will grab control and ends in a series split.
Milwaukee Brewers versus Chicago Cubs
Another divisional battle, this time in the NL Central. The Brewers are just a game behind the Cubs in the division. They come in 6-4 over their last ten, “average down” on the Team Strength Oscillator and +20 on the Power Ranking Indicator. The Cubs have gone 5-5 over their last ten, +10 and “ice cold up”. The Brewers have been relatively unstable, so betting according to their favorite/underdog status is not the best option. The teams are trending on opposite sides of the over/under according to the Totals Predictor, so best to avoid that in this series. Zach Davies, Jose Quintana, and Yu Darvish are among the scheduled starters. The Cubs should have the edge playing at home and I pick them to take two of three this weekend.
Los Angeles Angels versus Cleveland Indians
The Indians sit in second place in the AL Central and they host the third-place team in the AL West, the Los Angeles Angels. Cleveland is 7-3 over their last ten and the Angels are 5-5 during the same period. The Indians hold a +27 to +14 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and “average” versus “ice cold down” on the Team Strength Oscillator. The teams are trending on opposite sides of the line on the Totals Predictor. As for the stability of the two teams, the Indians are the more stable at +20 to +5 on the Team Volatility Oscillator. Felix Pena, Jaime Barria, and Griffin Canning are scheduled to start the games on the mound for the Angels and Mike Clevinger, Trevor Bauer, and Shane Bieber are set to pitch for the Indians. Cleveland should be in a position to take the series, but winning the first game will be the key. Go for the Indians to win two games to one, but the Angels winning would not be a total surprise.
San Francisco Giants versus Colorado Rockies
The surging Giants have moved to second in the NL West and the Rockies are bringing up the rear in the division. San Francisco is 7-3 over their last ten, “average up” on the Team Strength Oscillator and +15 on the Power Ranking Indicator. The Rockies are “average” and +6. According to the Team Volatility Oscillator, the Rockies are the more stable of the teams, meaning they are performing consistently according to their favorite/underdog status. Betting the “over/under” in this series is more of a gamble than most since the teams are trending on opposite sides of the line. Madison Bumgarner is one of the scheduled starters for the Giants, but his name has been coming up frequently in trade talks. Kyle Freeland is the top scheduled starter for the Rockies. The Giants should continue their ascent in the division, winning two of three this weekend.
Washington Nationals versus Arizona Diamondbacks
One of the hottest teams in the NL the last couple of months, the Nationals are 6-4 over their last ten and “burning hot”. They hold a +18 to +9 advantage over the Diamondbacks, who are “ice cold down” and 4-6 over their last ten. Although teams are trending opposite on the Totals Predictor, take a game on the over as the Nationals bats could get hot in this series. They are also a much more stable team at +26 on the Team Volatility Oscillator. Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin are two of the three scheduled pitchers for the Nationals and Alex Young, Robbie Ray and Merrill are set to pitch for Arizona. Despite playing at home, the Diamondbacks should be mostly underdogs against a hot Washington team. Pick the Nationals to come out of Arizona with two wins.
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