One month remains in the Major League Baseball regular season. The NL Central, AL Central, and AL West appear to be the division races that will be most interesting to watch, but you never know when another race might get more competitive if the leader of the division falls apart. Late season collapses have certainly been commonplace in the majors in recent seasons. The Wildcard race is totally wide open in the National League, and the race for the second spot in the American League is highly competitive.

BangtheBook wants to give you more information to make your baseball bets winning ones this year. We will be posting this MLB trends article two times each week. Expect this article on Monday’s and Thursday’s of each week. This article will highlight trends to consider for this weekend’s series’.

-The Cincinnati Reds have fallen totally out of the playoff race, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are right in the thick of the NL Wild Card race, and they still have an outside shot at the NL Central crown. Pittsburgh is 22-9 in their last 31 home games. The Reds are 5-17 in their last 22 road games. The over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two.

-The Cubs are playing better of late. Chicago is 4-1 in their last 5 overall, and they are 20-8 in their last 28 during game one of a series. The Cardinals are 4-0 in their last 4 home games. The Cubs are just 7-19 in their last 26 games in St. Louis. The over is 8-1-2 in the last 11 meetings in St. Louis.

-Oakland and Los Angeles meet again this weekend. The Athletics are one game back in the AL West. Oakland is 2-6 in their last 8 road games. The Angels are 41-18 in their last 59 home games. Jered Weaver starts Friday’s game for the Angels, and the under is 12-0-1 in Weaver’s last 13 home starts vs. the Athletics.

-Milwaukee and San Francisco both have plenty to play for, and they’ll meet for a key series in San Francisco this weekend. The Brewers are 4-1 in their last 5 following an off day. They are off Thursday. San Francisco is a stunning 5-21 in their last 26 games vs. a team with a winning record. The Brewers are 8-3 in the last 11 games between these two.

-Washington and Seattle meet in an interesting interleague battle this week. The Nationals are a perfect 9-0 in their last 9 games against Seattle. That nine game win streak will be tested in a big way Friday when they face Felix Hernandez. The Mariners are 15-5 in Hernandez’s last 20 starts.

-The Detroit Tigers are really struggling down the stretch. They are 6-13 in their last 19 road games. They’ll be on the road in Chicago this weekend against a White Sox team that is 1-7 in their last 8 games overall. Detroit is 49-24 in their last 73 games against the White Sox.

-The Yankees are 6-1 in their last 7 games. They are 4-0 in their last 4 games vs. a left-handed starter. Toronto is 4-10 in their last 14 games overall. The Blue Jays are 0-7 in their last 7 during game one of a series. Toronto is 0-6 in their last 6 Friday games. The over is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.