Most teams have right around 40 games left in the regular season. As we pass the midway point for the month of August, it’s definitely time where teams in contention need to step it up and prove they belong in the postseason. It’s also almost that time where bettors need to start deciding which teams are going to pack it in for the year and which teams will relish the role of the spoiler.

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’.

-Atlanta swept the Oakland Athletics this past weekend, and the Braves are trying to fight their way back into the playoff picture. They are definitely still alive in the Wild Card race. They have an important series with the Pittsburgh Pirates this week. The Pirates are one of their main competitors in their chase for a Wild Card spot. The Braves are 0-8 in their last 8 road games. The under is 46-19-4 in the last 69 meetings between these two teams.

-The Los Angeles Angels are tied with the Oakland A’s for the best record in baseball. The Angels are in Boston this week. Los Angeles is 51-18 in their last 69 games vs. a team with a losing record. Boston is 5-2 in their last 7 overall, but 3-7 in their last 10 home games. The Angels are 6-2 in their last 8 games at Fenway.

-Cincinnati has fallen way out of the race, but St. Louis is still chasing Milwaukee and this is a key series for the Cardinals. The Reds are 5-14 in their last 19 road games. The Cardinals are 4-1 in their last 5. The Reds are 18-39 in their last 57 games at St. Louis.

-Detroit has fallen behind Kansas City in the AL Central. The Tigers are in Tampa Bay for a key series this week. The Tigers are 0-4 in their last 4 road games. They are 42-16 in Max Scherzer’s last 58 road games though, and he’ll start for them on Tuesday. The over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these teams.

-San Francisco is another team in the thick of the NL Wild Card race. The Giants have been better away from home this year, and they are in Wrigley Field to take on the Cubs this week. Chicago is 1-5 in their last 6 home games vs. the Giants. The Giants are 15-6 in their last 21 games vs. a team with a losing record.

-Cleveland has crept back above .500, and they need to start doing some damage if they want to be a serious contender in the AL Wild Card race. The Indians are in Minnesota this week, and Cleveland is 7-2 in their last 9 games at Minnesota.

-Washington has gotten hot of late. The Nationals are 6-0 in their last 6 games. They are 23-9 in their last 32 as a home favorite. They host Arizona this week, and the Nationals are 10-4 in their last 14 games against the Diamondbacks. The under is 7-2-1 in their last 10 meetings in Washington.