MLB Schedule September 11: Phillies Host Braves in NL East Clash

The MLB season is down to the final few weeks and every game becomes more critical for those teams in the playoff hunt. There is a full schedule of games for Monday, September 11 with the doubleheader between the Braves and Phillies headlining the action.

Atlanta Braves versus Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies look to hold on to the top spot in the NL wild-card race, but face the best team in the league in a doubleheader. Atlanta is +29 to +20 on the Power Ranks Indicator and has won four of the six meetings between the teams this season. Philadelphia is a slight favorite at 1.765 to 2.229 with the over/under set at 8.5 runs. The teams have been trending in games on opposite sides of the over/under line. Interestingly enough, the Phillies are 5-0 as favorites over the last five games. The Phillies bats have come to life lately and will have enough at home to split the doubleheader, but will pass on the “over/under” bet.

New York Yankees versus Boston Red Sox

The bottom two teams in the AL East meet in this long-standing rivalry. The Yankees are 5-1 over their last six, “burning hot down” and +20 on the Power Ranks Indicator. On the flip side, the Red Sox are 3-3 over their last six, “average down” and +15, respectively. The Red Sox have owned the Yankees this season, winning eight of the nine games between them. The teams have been trending in games on opposite sides of the line. Take note that the Red Sox have been extremely inconsistent with regard to their favorite/underdog status, so throw that out the window in this one. I like the Yankees in this one, they have to win at some point right? Take the Yankees in a game “under” the line.

Tampa Bay Rays versus Minnesota Twins

Tampa Bay is in a great position for the top wild-card spot in the AL, while the Twins are looking to lock up the AL Central. Minnesota is “average” versus “average down” on the Team Strength Oscillator but the Rays are +28 to +19 on the Power Ranks Indicator. Tampa Bay has the top scoring differential in the AL and has outscored the Twins 13-3 in a three-game sweep earlier this season. The teams have been trending in games “under” the line and I like that again in this case. There is little to believe that the Twins have enough to take down the Rays, who have owned them this season. Go with the Rays to extend their dominance over the Twins.

Cleveland Guardians versus San Francisco Giants

Here’s a classic example of two teams that have self-destructed. They are a combined 2-10 over the last twelve and have played themselves out of any realistic shot at the playoffs. The teams are trending on opposite sides of the “over/under” line and the Score Predictor likes the Guardians by a 4-2 score but with the confidence less than calling a coin toss correctly. Gavin Williams is pitching for the Guardians and comes in with a solid ERA of 3.34. Both teams have been moderately consistent with regard to their favorite/underdog status. The game is a toss-up, but will lean towards the Guardians to continue the Giants’ implosion.

San Diego Padres versus Los Angeles Dodgers

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. The Padres sit nine games under .500 after advancing to the NL championship last season. The Dodgers have the second-best record in the NL, but are only 5-5 over their last ten. It’s best to avoid the “over/under” bet in this case with the teams trending on opposite sides of the line. Los Angeles has won eight of the ten games between the teams this season, mostly in blowout fashion.  Both teams have been extremely stable, according to the Team Volatility Oscillator. The Dodgers will likely be road favorites and I expect their dominance over the Padres to continue.

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