MLB: Top MLB Weekend StatFox Power Trends 6/19-6/21

MLB: Top MLB Weekend StatFox Power Trends 6/19-6/21

Another full set of Interleague games is on tap for this weekend, and the American League is starting to distance itself from the Senior Circuit once again, as A.L. teams own a 67-58 record in the matchups to date. In fact, in one of the more unusual Inte


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Another full set of Interleague games is on tap for this weekend, and the American League is starting to distance itself from the Senior Circuit once again, as A.L. teams own a 67-58 record in the matchups to date. In fact, in one of the more unusual Interleague series’ this season, struggling Toronto just wrapped up a 3-game sweep in Philadelphia. Just a sign of the times I guess. Well, for this weekend, there are several intriguing matchups, including Milwaukee visiting Detroit in a battle of divisional leaders, as well as the renewal of regional rivalries between St. Louis and Kansas City and Dodgers-Angels. Read on for more about the action plus our regular look at some of the top StatFox Team Power Trends to consider in your wagering.

The series in Detroit is interesting not only because it pits divisional leaders against one another, but also because it is one of the few series’ where the N.L. team owns a better Interleague record to date. Milwaukee is 4-5 vs. A.L. teams in ’09, but only because it is coming off a sweep of the Indians in Cleveland. The Brewers’ bats exploded in that 3-game set, scoring 30 runs on 40 hits. Compare that to the Tigers, who hasn’t topped the 3-run mark in any of their prior seven games before Thursday’s 6-3 win in St. Louis. Detroit is 3-6 vs. the N.L. this season. This will be the first meeting between the former division rivals since ’07, when the Brewers took two of three in Detroit.

In Kansas City, the Royals and Cardinals, in-state rivals and regular Interleague foes, will get together for three games. The teams actually met just last month with St. Louis taking two of three at home, winning both games in 5-0 shutouts. The Royals will be looking for some improved pitching, as their staff was rocked by Arizona over the last two days for 24 runs on 31 hits. Keep in mind though that despite that series loss, Kansas City still owns a 18-9 record in Interleague play over the last two seasons, one of the better records in baseball. St. Louis meanwhile, is 18-21 over the last three seasons vs. A.L. clubs. The Cardinals currently trail Milwaukee by 1-1/2 game in the Central Division.

In Tinseltown, now that sports fans seem to be calming down from this past week’s post-Lakers championship celebration, the focus will be back on baseball, where the Dodgers will be visiting the Angels in a rematch of an exciting series played just weeks ago. The Angels took two of three in that set as part of what has been an 8-1 start in Interleague play. The Dodgers meanwhile are just 5-4 vs. A.L. clubs but still continue to lead the N.L. West Division by 9-games. Overall in this head-to-head series, the Halos have taken 10 of the last 15 games. Still, the Dodgers are the favorite for Game 1 of the series.

Elsewhere around the league, it will be Sunshine State vs. the Big Apple in two locales with the Mets hosting the Rays in New York, and the Yankees traveling south to take on the Marlins in Miami.

It figures to be another great weekend of baseball. Take a look at some key StatFox Power Trends you may want to consider when filling out your betting tickets.

PITTSBURGH at COLORADO
COLORADO is 13-4 (+11.2 Units) against the money line in June games this season. The average score was COLORADO 5.5, OPPONENT 3.5 - (Rating = 2*)

CLEVELAND at CHICAGO CUBS
CLEVELAND is 19-33 (-28.1 Units) against the money line vs. NL teams scoring 4.3 or less runs/game on the season since 1997. The average score was CLEVELAND 4.1, OPPONENT 4.8 - (Rating = 2*)

BALTIMORE at PHILADELPHIA
BALTIMORE is 38-82 (-32.1 Units) against the money line when playing against a good team (Win Pct. 54% to 62%) over the last 3 seasons. The average score was BALTIMORE 4.6, OPPONENT 6.0 - (Rating = 1*)

TORONTO at WASHINGTON
WASHINGTON is 10-30 (-16.1 Units) against the money line when playing against a team with a winning record this season. The average score was WASHINGTON 4.3, OPPONENT 5.7 - (Rating = 1*)

MILWAUKEE at DETROIT
MILWAUKEE is 18-5 (+13.3 Units) against the money line when playing against a team with a winning record this season. The average score was MILWAUKEE 5.6, OPPONENT 3.6 - (Rating = 2*)

NY YANKEES at FLORIDA
FLORIDA is 25-11 OVER (+13.7 Units) vs. teams whose hitters strike out 6 or less times/game over the last 2 seasons. The average score was FLORIDA 5.1, OPPONENT 5.4 - (Rating = 2*)

TAMPA BAY at NY METS
NY METS are 2-9 (-8.6 Units) against the money line vs. teams outscoring opp by 1 or more runs/game on the season this season. The average score was NY METS 4.1, OPPONENT 4.7 - (Rating = 1*)

CHI WHITE SOX at CINCINNATI
CHI WHITE SOX are 10-25 (-14.1 Units) against the money line in road games vs. a good bullpen whose ERA is 3.75 or better over the last 2 seasons. The average score was CHI WHITE SOX 3.5, OPPONENT 3.9 - (Rating = 1*)

ATLANTA at BOSTON
ATLANTA is 14-4 OVER (+10.2 Units) in road games vs. an excellent bullpen whose ERA is 3.00 or better over the last 3 seasons. The average score was ATLANTA 6.1, OPPONENT 5.2 - (Rating = 1*)

HOUSTON at MINNESOTA
MINNESOTA is 24-12 UNDER (+10.6 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season. The average score was MINNESOTA 4.6, OPPONENT 4.0 - (Rating = 1*)

ST LOUIS at KANSAS CITY
KANSAS CITY is 18-9 (+10.0 Units) against the money line in an inter-league game over the last 2 seasons. The average score was KANSAS CITY 5.1, OPPONENT 4.3 - (Rating = 1*)

OAKLAND at SAN DIEGO
SAN DIEGO is 17-32 (-18.7 Units) against the money line vs. teams averaging 2.75 or less extra base hits per game over the last 2 seasons. The average score was SAN DIEGO 3.4, OPPONENT 4.6 - (Rating = 1*)

LA DODGERS at LA ANGELS
LA ANGELS are 26-11 (+17.8 Units) against the money line vs. an NL team with a team batting average of .275 or better since 1997. The average score was LA ANGELS 5.2, OPPONENT 3.9 - (Rating = 1*)

ARIZONA at SEATTLE
ARIZONA is 12-4 OVER (+8.0 Units) in June games this season. The average score was ARIZONA 5.1, OPPONENT 4.6 - (Rating = 1*)

TEXAS at SAN FRANCISCO
TEXAS is 17-5 (+12.6 Units) against the money line vs. teams averaging 2.75 or less extra base hits per game this season. The average score was TEXAS 5.5, OPPONENT 3.0 - (Rating = 2*)


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