Quietly, the Oakland Athletics have now put together the best record in the majors so far this year. Oakland sits at 30-16 thanks in large part to their amazing 18-6 record on the road. This team does all the little things well, and they have no glaring weaknesses. Who are the biggest surprises in baseball thus far? I’d say the Minnesota Twins and Miami Marlins both sitting above .500 are big surprises. Both of those teams were pegged to be the worst in their division. Phil Hughes’ resurgence has bolstered Minnesota, and the Marlins are third in the majors in team batting average.

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’.

-The New York Yankees go to the south side of Chicago to take on the White Sox beginning Thursday night. The Yankees are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. the AL Central, but they’ll be up against Chris Sale on Thursday night. The Yankees haven’t had any luck on the south side of late. They have lost six straight games at US Cellular Field.

-Washington starts a four game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday evening. The Nationals are 43-20 in their last 63 games vs. a team with a losing record. The over is 19-8-1 in the last 28 meetings between these two in Pittsburgh.

-Boston and Tampa Bay are the two teams at the bottom of the AL East right now. No one would have expected that before the season got underway. The Red Sox have lost six games in a row. The Rays are 1-9 in their last 10 home games. The Red Sox are 7-3 in their last 10 meetings with the Rays in Tampa.

-The Colorado Rockies have been another surprise this year. They have been starting series’ very fast. Colorado is 8-2 in their last 10 during game one of a series. They’ll have a tough matchup this weekend in Atlanta. The Rockies are just 14-38 in their last 52 games at Atlanta. The over is 6-0 in the last 6 games between these two teams.

-Texas and Detroit is a nice matchup in Detroit this weekend. The Tigers were cooled off by the Indians, while the Rangers have been cold as ice over the last few weeks. Texas is just 9-21 in their last 30 games at Detroit.

-The Los Angeles Angels have heated up quite a bit recently. Los Angeles is off on Thursday and then they start a three game series at home against Kansas City. The Angels are 36-17 in their last 53 games following a day off. They are 4-0 in their last 4 games vs. the Royals.

-Oakland is 11-1 in their last 12 games. The A’s are 33-13 in their last 46 Friday games. They are 35-17 in their last 52 road games. They’ll be in Toronto this weekend. The Blue Jays are 5-1 in their last 6 games. The A’s are 6-2 in their last 8 games at Oakland.

-The Cardinals and Reds are bitter rivals and they face off starting Friday night in Cincinnati. The Cardinals are 6-1 in their last 7 as they appear to be hitting their stride. Cincinnati has had lots of trouble beating St. Louis in recent years. Homer Bailey starts Friday and the Reds are just 2-6 in his last 8 starts vs. the Cardinals. The over is 11-5-1 in the last 17 meetings between these teams.