Most people expected the AL Central to be a division that was pretty much decided at this point in the season. Instead, Detroit has a ½ a game lead on the Royals, and it is the tightest division in baseball right now. While I still expect Detroit to be victorious in the division, it’s nice to have another interesting race. In the past month, the under is hitting at about 55% in all of baseball. That’s a big number for such a large sample size. Don’t be surprised if start seeing slightly lower game totals in the weeks ahead.

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’.

-The New York Yankees have a really important series in Baltimore this week with the AL East leading Orioles. New York is 4-10 in their last 14 vs. the AL East. The Orioles are 13-5 in their last 18 home games. Baltimore is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these teams. The under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings as well.

-Oakland has the best record in baseball, and they’ll be in Kansas City to take on the red hot Royals in a very intriguing series this week. Oakland is 38-16 in their last 54 games as the favorite. They are 40-18 in their last 58 games at Kansas City. Kansas City is 15-3 in their last 18 games overall. The Royals are 5-0 in their last 5 home games. The under is 10-2-1 in the last 13 meetings between these two teams.

-The Milwaukee Brewers are 38-16 in their last 54 games against the Chicago Cubs. The Brewers have a small lead in the NL Central and they need a good series here. Milwaukee is 2-6 in their last 8 road games. The Cubs are 5-14 in their last 19 games vs. a right-handed starter. The under is 14-5 in the Brewers last 19 games.

-Toronto and Seattle are battling for a wild card spot. The Blue Jays are 7-2 in their last 9 as an underdog. They are a big underdog Monday against King Felix and the Mariners. The Mariners are 12-1 in their last 13 Monday games. Seattle is 5-1 in their last 6 overall.

-The San Francisco Giants need to get back on the right track very quickly. The Giants are 7-21 in their last 28 home games. They have lost four straight games overall. They host the White Sox in an interleague battle this week. Chicago is 1-5 in their last 6 games overall. The White Sox are 5-0 in their last 5 games between these two.

-The Cardinals are trying to chase down Milwaukee in the NL Central. St. Louis is in Miami this week, and the Cardinals are 20-8 in their last 28 games in Miami. Adam Wainwright is Tuesday’s starter, and the Cardinals are 5-1 in his last 6 starts vs. Miami. The Cardinals are 47-21 in Wainwright’s last 68 starts overall.

-Washington starts a series in New York against the Mets on Tuesday night. The Nationals have to be happy to be at Citi Field against the Mets. Washington is a stunning 22-4 in their last 26 games at Citi Field. Washington has a day off on Monday. The Nationals are 18-6 in their last 24 games following an off day.