The calendar is turning to July, which means it is definitely time for the boys of summer to take center stage. The All-Star break is only a couple weeks away. There is definitely no shortage of great matchups this week. Oakland and Detroit is the headliner as those are the two best teams in American League right now, and they meet this week. San Francisco looks to slow their recent slump against a very good St. Louis team. Milwaukee and Toronto get together in an interesting Interleague tilt.

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’.

-Bryce Harper returns to the lineup Monday night for the Washington Nationals. Washington has already started to play better baseball of late, and Harper should give this team a major boost. The Nationals host the skidding Colorado Rockies this week. Colorado is 31-63 in their last 94 road games. The under is 18-6-2 in the last 26 meetings between these teams.

-The Angels have won five straight games against the Chicago White Sox. These two teams will meet at US Cellular Field this week. The Angels are 39-16 in their last 55 games vs. a team with a losing record. The under is 8-3-1 in the last 12 meetings at Chicago between these teams.

-The Kansas City Royals are 8-1 in their last 9 road games. Kansas City has been one of the toughest teams in the league to figure out this year. They are so up and down. This is a still a young team, but they are slowly coming of age and looking a little more like a contender. The Royals are 20-9 in their last 29 games vs. the Minnesota Twins. The Twins are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.

-The Cincinnati Reds are on fire after a slow start to the year. The Reds just swept a four-game series in San Francisco, and they are now 13-3 in their last 16 road games. They are in San Diego this week. Mat Latos pitches against his old team in the series opener on Monday. The under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these teams.

-The Braves have won four straight games overall, but they are 0-7 in their last 7 home games vs. a right-handed starter. They are also 0-5 in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing record. They’ll get a chance to turn that around when the Mets come to town this week. The Mets are 5-12 in their last 17 road games.

-Oakland is 4-0 in their last 4 games and Detroit is 8-2 in their last 10. Both these teams come into this important series playing good baseball. The over is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings between these teams. The over is 26-10-1 in the last 37 meetings between these two in Detroit.

-San Francisco had the best record in baseball a few weeks ago, but they are ice cold now. The Giants are 2-12 in their last 14 home games. San Francisco is 1-4 in their last 5 following a day off. The Cardinals are 4-0 in their last 4 following an off day. Both teams are off Monday before starting this series up on Tuesday.