MLB: Top Interleague Weekend Power Trends 6/12-6/14

MLB: Top Interleague Weekend Power Trends 6/12-6/14

It’s another weekend of Interleague play in Major League Baseball, and there are some great matchups going on all over the country over the next few days. The one that should garner the most attention is the latest rendition of the Subway Series, pitting


2009-06-12

It’s another weekend of Interleague play in Major League Baseball, and there are some great matchups going on all over the country over the next few days. The one that should garner the most attention is the latest rendition of the Subway Series, pitting the Mets and Yankees against one another. Elsewhere, division leaders will get together in both Philadelphia and Texas. After years of dominance, the A.L. only took 11 of 21 games from its counterpart three weeks back. Has the Senior Circuit finally bridged the gap? Will this be the weekend they turn the corner? It figures to be an exciting three days of baseball. Read on for a look at some of the action, plus some of this weekend’s Top StatFox Power Trends for your wagering consideration.

The 2008 season marked the fifth straight time the AL won the season series vs. the N.L., extending its all-time Interleague lead to 1,536-1,420 (.520). If the National League was to ever overtake the American, this season would figure to be it, as the N.L. boasts the defending World Series Champion as well as the team thought to be the league’s best thus far, the Dodgers. Both of those division-leading clubs are in action against A.L. division leaders this weekend. Philadelphia will welcome Boston to town. Both teams come in playing well and off successful series’ against their closest rivals. The Phillies took two of three from the Mets to take a 4-game lead in the N.L. East. Dating back to May 14th, the Phillies are on a 19-7 run. Boston meanwhile, swept the Yankees again and has taken back the division lead by winning eight of 10 games. These teams also met a year ago in the City of Brotherly Love and Boston took two of three.

In Arlington, the Rangers will be hosting the Dodgers this weekend. Los Angeles owns the league’s best record by 3-1/2 games, and heads the N.L. West by a cushy 8-games. However, there have been signs of late that the bats are cooling off for L.A. In their last seven games they have scored just 17 runs and are batting just .238. Still, Texas has a way of bringing the best out in opposing hitters, despite the fact that the Rangers lead the A.L. West by 4-1/2 games with an impressive 34-25 mark. One thing the Rangers do well is hit the ball at home, as they are scoring 5.7 RPG and batting .281 as hosts in ’09. In their initial Interleague bouts last month, the Dodgers lost two of three vs. the Angels, while Texas swept in-state rival Houston on the road.

Finally, in New York, a pair of struggling contenders will get together trying to right their respective ships. The Yankees had been playing well heading into their series versus Boston, but got swept by their nemesis. This brought their ’09 losing streak vs. the Sox to 8-games, leaving many experts to questions their legitimacy as a true contender. The Mets meanwhile, are on a skid of 3-7 after losing their series vs. Philadelphia. These teams have been regular foes in Interleague play, with the Mets owning a 7-5 edge in the last 12 games, including 4-2 on the road. Interestingly, five of the last six games between these teams with the Yankees as hosts have gone over the total. With games in the new Yankees’ Stadium averaging a total of 11-1/2 runs so far, don’t be surprised to see that trend continue.

The weekend slate also features intriguing series’ between the White Sox and Brewers, and Twins and Cubs, with the N.L. clubs acting as hosts for the festivities.

Now, here’s a look at our weekly feature highlighting some of the Top StatFox Power Trends for you to consider in your weekend baseball wagering:

HOUSTON at ARIZONA
* HOUSTON is 37-15 (+22.9 Units) against the money line when playing against a bad team (Win Pct. 38% to 46%) over the last 2 seasons. The average score was HOUSTON 5.5, OPPONENT 4.4 - (Rating = 2*)

MINNESOTA at CHICAGO CUBS
* MINNESOTA is 17-4 (+15.3 Units) against the money line in an inter-league game over the last 2 seasons. The average score was MINNESOTA 5.8, OPPONENT 2.8 - (Rating = 3*)

BOSTON at PHILADELPHIA
* BOSTON is 14-4 (+9.1 Units) against the money line vs. good power teams - averaging 1.25 or more HR's/game this season. The average score was BOSTON 6.1, OPPONENT 4.7 - (Rating = 1*)

DETROIT at PITTSBURGH
* DETROIT is 28-11 (+15.3 Units) against the money line in an inter-league game over the last 3 seasons. The average score was DETROIT 5.9, OPPONENT 4.0 - (Rating = 1*)

ST LOUIS at CLEVELAND
* ST LOUIS is 41-23 (+16.8 Units) against the money line vs. a bad bullpen that blows 38% or more of their save opportunities over the last 2 seasons. The average score was ST LOUIS 5.1, OPPONENT 3.8 - (Rating = 1*)

FLORIDA at TORONTO
* TORONTO is 12-1 (+10.6 Units) against the money line in home games vs. an overused bullpen that pitches more than 3.2 innings per game this season. The average score was TORONTO 5.2, OPPONENT 2.9 - (Rating = 2*)

NY METS at NY YANKEES
* NY YANKEES are 2-9 (-8.0 Units) against the money line vs. an excellent bullpen whose ERA is 3.00 or better this season. The average score was NY YANKEES 4.5, OPPONENT 6.5 - (Rating = 1*)

ATLANTA at BALTIMORE
* ATLANTA is 12-17 (-9.9 Units) against the money line when playing against a team with a losing record this season. The average score was ATLANTA 3.9, OPPONENT 4.5 - (Rating = 1*)

WASHINGTON at TAMPA BAY
* TAMPA BAY is 48-10 (+30.4 Units) against the money line as a favorite of -150 or more over the last 2 seasons. The average score was TAMPA BAY 6.0, OPPONENT 3.9 - (Rating = 4*)

CHI WHITE SOX at MILWAUKEE
* CHI WHITE SOX are 13-32 (-16.5 Units) against the money line in road games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons. The average score was CHI WHITE SOX 4.1, OPPONENT 5.3 - (Rating = 1*)

LA DODGERS at TEXAS
* LA DODGERS are 15-4 (+11.0 Units) against the money line vs teams who strand 6.9 or less runners on base per game this season. The average score was LA DODGERS 6.7, OPPONENT 3.5 - (Rating = 1*)

CINCINNATI at KANSAS CITY
* KANSAS CITY is 26-14 (+12.3 Units) against the money line in home games vs. a good bullpen whose ERA is 3.75 or better over the last 2 seasons. The average score was KANSAS CITY 5.0, OPPONENT 3.8 - (Rating = 1*)

SEATTLE at COLORADO
* COLORADO is 22-8 UNDER (+13.2 Units) vs. AL teams allowing 4.7 or less runs/game on the season over the last 3 seasons. The average score was COLORADO 4.2, OPPONENT 3.9 - (Rating = 1*)

SAN DIEGO at LA ANGELS
* SAN DIEGO is 4-17 (-13.4 Units) against the money line vs. a poor bullpen whose WHIP is 1.550 or worse over the last 2 seasons. The average score was SAN DIEGO 3.9, OPPONENT 5.9 - (Rating = 2*)

OAKLAND at SAN FRANCISCO
* SAN FRANCISCO is 0-10 (-11.2 Units) against the money line in home games vs. an AL team with a team batting average of .255 or worse over the last 3 seasons. The average score was SAN FRANCISCO 2.0, OPPONENT 5.2 - (Rating = 3*)

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