Tonight’s schedule of MLB games could be historically significant. When the Cleveland Indians host Detroit, they’ll be trying for their 20th straight win. To illustrate how rare that feat is, the major league record is 21, set by the Cubs back in 1935. The last team to come close to the record was the Oakland Athletics in 2002 – the streak that’s detailed as the payoff in the book and movie “Moneyball”. That potentially historic game Cleveland game isn’t the only one on tonight’s schedule however.
The Tribe aren’t the only team surfing a long streak. A month ago, people were talking about the Dodgers having a chance at breaking the MLB record for team wins in a season. Over the last three weeks, however, Los Angeles has been terrible, and now they’re staring down a streak that’s moving the wrong way. They’ve lost 16 of their last 17 games, and 11 in a row heading into tonight’s contest against the last-place Giants in San Francisco. Of the two streaks in play this evening, the swarm thinks that one continues, while another comes to an end.
As the replay above shows, the Swarm is strongly confident that Cleveland gets to the magic 20th win in a row. There are a lot of things going for them in that pursuit: they’re playing at home against a faltering Detroit team, and they’re sending their best pitcher, AL Cy Young Award candidate Corey Kluber to the mound. The swarm attached a full $100 betting confidence on this pick. Couple that with the 2 runs + winning margin that the swarm landed on and the choice of this game as the pick of the night and you can see why this game sits atop our chart.
The MLB Swarm expects the Dodgers to finally end their inexplicable skid this evening. Although they’re playing on the road, the rest of the factors trending their way match up very closely with the elements that may have informed the swarm’s Cleveland prediction. The Dodgers are facing a bad, last-place team in the Giants, and tonight Los Angeles sends perhaps the elite pitcher in all of baseball, Clayton Kershaw, to the mound to take care of business. For this game, the swarm again picked a 2-runs plus margin, but with less cohesion and convergence (expressed as Brainpower) and less wagering confidence. For those reasons, we’ve set this matchup just outside our games rated as best bets tonight.
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