There are normally a decent amount of new series on Thursday’s, but only one series starts today. The other 14 will begin on Friday night. The biggest series of the weekend is Los Angeles vs. Oakland. These two have the top two records in baseball, but both of them badly want to win the AL West instead of ending up as a Wild Card. That series will be some must see television this weekend.

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’.

-Pittsburgh will be in Milwaukee for a key series in both the NL Central and NL Wild Card standings. Pittsburgh is 0-6 in their last 6 road games. The Brewers are 11-5 in their last 16 home games. The Pirates are an abysmal 12-51 in their last 63 games in Milwaukee. Yovani Gallardo starts Friday for Milwaukee, and the Brewers are 11-2 in his last 13 home starts vs. Pittsburgh.

-Two teams headed in completely different directions meet when the Royals go to Texas this weekend. Kansas City is 22-6 in their last 28 games, and they are now in first place in the AL Central. The Rangers are 14-42 in their last 56 games, and they are just 16-35 in their last 51 home games. The under is 6-0-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

-Detroit is looking to keep pace with the Royals, and they’ll be in Minnesota this weekend. The Tigers are 4-11 in their last 15 road games. The Twins are 1-4 in their last 5 home games. They are also 4-12 in their last 16 during game one of a series. Detroit is 21-9 in their last 30 games at Minnesota.

-The Cincinnati Reds are in an ugly tailspin right now. Cincinnati has had all sorts of injury problems, and it has definitely caught up with them. The Reds have lost five straight games. Cincinnati hosts Atlanta this weekend, and this is the lone series that starts on Thursday night. Atlanta is 2-7 in their last 9 in Cincinnati.

-The Cardinals have won four straight, and they are trying to make up ground on the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central. St. Louis takes on Philadelphia this weekend. The Phillies are just 3-7 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record. The Cardinals are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

-The New York Yankees badly need to get on a winning streak. New York is 20-7 in their last 27 home games vs. the Chicago White Sox. The Yankees are just 3-7 in their last 10. The White Sox are 1-4 in their last 5.

-San Francisco will be in Washington this weekend. The Giants are 5-22 in their last 27 games vs. a team with a winning record. That’s a scary trend for a team fighting for a playoff spot. The Nationals are 10-1 in their last 11 games, and this team with tons of potential appears to have finally hit its stride.

-The Los Angeles Angels are 37-17 in their last 54 games. The Oakland Athletics are 35-16 in their last 51 home games. Something has to give this weekend. Oakland is 2-7 in their last 9 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Angels are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record. The over is 24-9-4 in the last 37 games between these two in Oakland.