The Major League Baseball trade deadline didn’t disappoint this year. Many years there are more rumors and less action, but this year there was plenty of action with teams looking to get better. Oakland picked up Jon Lester and Detroit picked up David Price. These two teams appear to be on track to meet for the ALCS, but you never know what could happen between now and then. That’s why the end of the regular season and the beginning of the playoffs are so exciting. We’re in the final two months of the regular season now, so the time to make a push is here for teams on the outside looking in.

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 Reds and Indians play two games in Cleveland and then two in Cincinnati this week. The Reds are 0-9 in their last 9 games at Cleveland. Corey Kluber starts Monday night’s game, and he is pitching as well as anyone in baseball right now. The Indians are 16-5 in Kluber’s last 21 home starts. The Reds are 3-10 in their last 13 road games.

-Detroit will be in the Bronx to take on the Yankees this week. The Tigers are 7-3 in their last 10 games against the Yankees. New York and Detroit both enter this series playing good baseball. If the Yankees are going to make the playoffs, they’ll have to hold their own in a series like this one.

-Tampa Bay made a nice run, but will it stall out without David Price in the fold? The Rays have the tough task of playing against Oakland on the road this week. Oakland is 21-7 in their last 28 home games. The A’s are 61-26 in their last 87 games as a favorite. Tampa Bay is 18-45 in their last 63 games in Oakland.

-It’s the Angels and the Dodgers in an exciting series in Dodger Stadium early this week. The Angels are 15-7 in their last 22 games against the Dodgers. Both of these teams are playing well of late, though the Angels have been even hotter. The Angels are 35-16 in their last 51, and they are only a game behind Oakland in the AL West.

-The Pittsburgh Pirates are 16-5 in their last 21 home games. They have been money at home this year. Miami is slowly fading after their red hot start. The Marlins are 0-6 in their last 6 games at Pittsburgh. The under is 21-8-1 in the last 30 meetings between these teams.

-Baltimore and Toronto square off in a key series in the AL East race this week. The Orioles are 5-2 in their last 7 road games. Toronto is 5-1 in their last 6 home games. Baltimore is an ugly 15-41 in their last 56 trips to Toronto.

-The Giants and Brewers enter their series this week with identical records. San Francisco is 3-7 in their last 10 overall, but they are 5-2 in their last 7 road games. The Brewers are 7-1 in their last 8 vs. the NL West. Milwaukee is 6-2 in their last 8 home games.