MLB Predictions July 5 – 7: First half ends with prominent match-ups

As the calendar hits the first weekend in July, the MLB season is quickly approaching the All-Star break. Several key match-ups are on tap, including the Brewers and the Pirates, battling in the NL Central.

Los Angeles Angels versus Houston Astros

In this AL West battle, the 4th place Angels take on the 1st place Astros. Los Angeles is “average down” after losing their last three and are +12 on the Power Ranking Indicator. Houston is on a three-game winning streak and are “burning hot” on the Team Strength Oscillator and +28 on the Power Ranking Indicator. If considering betting the “over/under”, best to avoid since the teams are trending on opposite sides of the line. The Astros are among the most stable teams in the league at +25 on the Team Volatility Oscillator. Of the scheduled starting pitchers, Gerrit Cole is the best bet for the Astors at +888 on the Pitcher Profit Oscillator. Look for the Astros to win at least two of three and maintain their lead in the division.

Colorado Rockies versus Arizona Diamondbacks

Both team have been mediocre over their last ten and are “average down” on the Team Strength Oscillator. The Rockies hold a +20 to +16 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator. Both teams have been playing in high scoring games, making the “over” the safe bet. The Rockies are the more stable team in the league and are 20-23 on the road versus a poor 17-22 home mark for Arizona. Zack Greinke is the best bet of all the scheduled starters at +2973 and Robbie Ray is the worst, at -1996. The teams are likely to split the first two games of the series with the finale as a toss-up. Give the edge to Colorado, despite playing on the road.

Milwaukee Brewers versus Pittsburgh Pirates

In this NL Central showdown, the Brewers hold a five-game lead over the Pirates.  Milwaukee is “burning hot” after winning three straight and the Pirates are 7-3 over their last ten and “average up”.  Both teams have been involved in lower scoring games lately, so bet the “under” in games in this series. The Brewers have a +21 to +10 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator. Examining the scheduled starting pitchers, Zach Davies is the best bet of any pitcher. He goes for the Brewers on Friday and is +1562 on the Pitcher Profit Oscillator. Trevor Williams for the Pirates is the better bet over Adrian Houser on Saturday. Joe Musgrove is set to start on the mound for the Pirates on Sunday and has been a very poor bet at -1093. Look for the Brewers to win a series on the road, taking two of three.

San Diego Padres versus Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers have won six of their last ten and are “average” on the Team Strength Oscillator and +23 on the Power Ranking Indicator. They hold a 12-game lead in the division and 14 games over the Padres. San Diego is “average” status and +15 on the Power Ranking Indicator. Both teams have been involved in game trending “over”, according to the Totals Predictor, making that the best bet. Clayton Kershaw is the most profitable of the scheduled starters at +1226 and Kenta Maeda is the worst bet at -1447. Los Angeles is among the most stable teams in the league at +25 on the Team Volatility Oscillator. A sweep by the Dodgers is possible, but look for the Padres to win one of three.

Oakland A’s versus Seattle Mariners

The 3rd and last-place teams in the AL West face off in the weekend series. Oakland has won their last three and 7-3 over their last ten. They are “burning hot” and +22 on the Power Ranking Indicator. The Mariners have lost their last four, contributing to their “ice cold down” status and +5 on the Power Ranking Indicator.  Best to avoid betting the “over/under” since the teams are playing in game trending on opposite sides of the line. Of the scheduled starting pitchers, only Marco Gonzales of the Mariners has been profitable, at +440 on the Pitcher Profit Oscillator. Seattle has been the more stable team and are only 17-25 at home. The A’s should win the series and could come away with a sweep.

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