Remember when the Oakland Athletics were the hottest team in baseball a couple months ago? Oakland had the best record in Major League Baseball at that point, but now they are 80-62 and they have the fifth best record in the majors. It’s proof that over the course of the long season, things can change relatively quickly. The AL Central and NL West are the best division races right now, and teams involved in those races have some huge games this week.
-Kansas City leads the Detroit Tigers by two games in the AL Central standings. Kansas City is in Detroit for a crucial series this week. Kansas City is 26-10 in their last 36 games. The Royals are 15-5 in their last 20 road games. Kansas City is just 7-16 in their last 23 games played in Detroit. The under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
-Oakland will try to get back on track in Chicago against the White Sox. Oakland is 8-20 in their last 28 road games. The White Sox are 3-13 in their last 16 games vs. a team with a winning record. Oakland is 0-5 in their last 5 games vs. a left-handed pitcher. The Athletics are 7-3 in their last 10 games against the White Sox. The under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
-Baltimore is 41-20 in their last 61 games. The Orioles are 12-3 in their last 15 during game one of a series. Boston is 8-22 in their last 30 home games vs. a team with a winning record. The Orioles are 5-2 in their last 7 against Boston.
-It looked like the San Francisco Giants were done about a month ago when they were playing horrible baseball, but this team is red hot again at the right time. The Giants are 6-0 in their last 6 home games. They are 21-10 in their last 31 vs. a team with a losing record. Arizona is 2-11 in their last 13 road games.
-St. Louis will look to extend their NL Central lead during a series with Cincinnati this week. The Reds are 8-20 in their last 28 games. St. Louis is 8-1 in their last 9 games. The Cardinals have won five straight meetings between these two. The over is 13-5-1 in the last 19 meetings in Cincinnati.
-The Angels get a nice chance to try to keep their recent hot streak going when they take on Texas in Arlington this week. The Rangers are 19-54 in their last 73 games overall. Texas is 16-40 in their last 56 home games. They are a perfect picture of a team ready for the offseason. The Angels are 49-22 in their last 71 games. The Angels are 9-1 in the last 10 meetings between these teams.
-Barring a miracle, the Braves aren’t going to catch the Nationals in the NL East, but the Braves have dominated the Nationals in the past couple years. Atlanta is 26-10 in the last 36 meetings. The Braves are 12-5 in their last 17 games at Washington. Washington has been playing well of late. The Nationals are 12-3 in their last 15 home games.