We’re almost to the midway point of the regular season. Most teams have played between 77 and 80 games out of their full 162 game slate. Every division is still up for grabs, and it looks like there will be a bunch of close races in the second half of the season. Toronto is slowly losing their grip on the AL East. Detroit is regaining control of the AL Central. The Dodgers are getting much closer to the Giants in the NL West. The Nationals are just one game up on the Braves in the NL East.

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’.

-Cincinnati and San Francisco meet this weekend. Johnny Cueto and Madison Bumgarner square off in a tremendous pitching matchup to start the series on Friday night. The Reds are 5-0 in their last 5 games in San Francisco. The Giants are just 4-11 in their last 15 games overall.

-Detroit will look to continue their recent hot streak in Houston. The Tigers are 6-0 in their last 6 road games. They are 5-0 in their last 5 games at Houston. They are 10-2 in their last 12 overall against the Astros. Houston is just 12-39 in their last 51 games against a team with a winning record.

-The Cardinals and Dodgers both underachieved earlier this year, but they are heating up in the last couple weeks. St. Louis will be at Dodger Stadium for a four-game series this weekend. The Cardinals are 5-0 in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning record. The Dodgers are 5-1 in their last 6 home games. Expect a highly competitive series here.

-Arizona is 4-10 in their last 14 games overall. The Diamondbacks are a brutal 5-23 in Brandon McCarthy’s last 28 starts. Interestingly, Arizona is 4-1 in McCarthy’s last 5 starts vs. the San Diego Padres. He’ll pitch against San Diego Friday night. Overall, the Diamondbacks are 3-8 in their last 11 games in San Diego.

-The Texas Rangers have lost seven straight games. Texas has endured more injuries than any other team in baseball to this point in the season, and it has become too much for this team. The Rangers host the Twins this weekend. The under is 18-7-1 in the last 26 meetings between these two teams.

-Kansas City was scorching hot for a while, but the Royals have cooled off in a big way again. They are just 1-6 in their last 7 games. They’ll host the red hot Angels this weekend at Kaufmann Stadium. The Angels are winners of five straight games. The Angels are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these teams. The Angels are also 37-15 in their last 52 games at Kansas City.

-The White Sox are just 30-68 in their last 98 road games. Toronto is losing their grip on the AL East, and they need to get things turned around. Chicago is actually 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between these teams.

-Washington is another team that is starting to play good baseball of late. The Nationals are in Wrigley Field for a four-game set this weekend. Washington is 51-24 in their last 75 games vs. a team with a losing record. They are 5-2 in their last 7 games at Wrigley. The over is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings between these teams.