The majority of this week’s series pit a strong team against a weak team in Major League Baseball. There aren’t as many high quality battles as normal, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t money to be made. This is also the time of the year where bettors need to start handicapping which teams are going to relish the spoiler role and which teams are ready for their season to be over.

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 week’s series’.

-One of the best matchups this week is in Pittsburgh where the Cardinals take on the Pirates in a key battle. The Pirates are fighting for a Wild Card spot and the Cardinals are trying to catch up to the Brewers in the NL Central race. The Cardinals are 8-3 in their last 11 games. Pittsburgh is 20-8 in their last 28 home games. The Cardinals are 5-12 in their last 17 games in Pittsburgh.

-Boston has been the streakiest team in baseball this year. The Red Sox are in the midst of another ugly slump right now. They have lost eight games in a row. The Red Sox are 2-10 in their last 12 vs. the AL East. The Red Sox are 1-10 in their last 11 games vs. the Blue Jays. Toronto is 5-1 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

-Oakland has slipped behind Los Angeles in the AL West. The Athletics have cooled off a lot of late. They get a chance to heat back up in Houston this week. Oakland is 28-10 in their last 38 games against the Astros. The Astros are 51-140 in their last 191 games vs. a team with a winning record.

-The hottest team in the National League is the Washington Nationals. The Nationals are 17-5 in their last 22 games. They host Philadelphia this week. Cole Hamels starts game one of this series on Tuesday for the Phillies. The Phillies are 21-8 in his last 29 starts vs. the Nationals. Overall, the Phillies are just 3-7 in their last 10 vs. the Nationals.

-The Texas Rangers are in a ridiculous slide of late. Texas is 7-23 in their last 30 road games. The Rangers are 15-44 in their last 59 overall. Seattle is 4-0 in their last 4 home games. The under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

-The Reds have been in a big slump of late, but they are facing a team that might help them get out of it this week. The Cubs are just 13-38 in their last 51 games against the Reds. The under is 13-4-1 in the Cubs last 18 games overall. The under is 11-5-1 in the Reds last 17 home games.

-Tampa Bay is 21-6 in their last 27 road games. The Baltimore Orioles are 5-1 in their last 6 home games. Tampa Bay is 12-5 in their last 17 vs. the AL East. Baltimore is 4-0 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing record.

-The Padres are quietly 10-1 in their last 11 home games. They are 7-0 in their last 7 games as a home favorite. The Brewers are 4-0 in their last 4 road games. The under is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.