How much of a home field advantage is there in Major League Baseball? So far this year there hasn’t been much of one. Home teams have won 303 games in the 2014 season, compared to 294 wins for the road team. That’s less than 51% winners for the home team. That’s lower than normal, so we’ll have to track that over the course of the season. Plenty of great series lined up for this weekend. Detroit and Boston and Atlanta and St. Louis are the headliners.
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’.
-Baltimore and Kansas City start a four-game series on Thursday night. The Orioles are 6-1 in their last 7 games as a road underdog. The under is 9-3 in the Orioles last 12 games. Kansas City is 48-22 in their last 70 as a favorite. The under is 8-2-1 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams.
-Tampa Bay is 15-5 in their last 20 games against the Angels. They are also 8-2 in their last 10 games at Los Angeles. The Rays are 6-2 in their last 8 road games. Los Angeles is 21-6 in their last 27 games against a team with a losing record. They are also 9-3 in their last 12 as a favorite.
-The Cincinnati Reds are just 6-20 in their last 26 games at Philadelphia. The Phillies are 0-4 in their last 4 home games though. They are also 0-5 in their last 5 following a day off. Philadelphia is off Thursday before this series starts Friday. The Reds are 0-5 in their last 5 road games.
-Detroit goes to Fenway to take on Boston in a rematch of the ALCS last year. The Tigers are 8-0 in their last 8 road games. On the other hand, the Red Sox are 6-0 in their last 6 games vs. a team with a win percentage of at least 60%. It will be Scherzer vs. Lester on Friday. The Tigers are 0-4 in Scherzer’s last 4 starts at Boston. The Red Sox are 4-1 in Lester’s last 5 starts against Detroit.
-The Pittsburgh Pirates take a rare trip to Yankee Stadium this weekend. Pittsburgh is 0-6 in their last 6 games at Yankee Stadium, but the most recent meeting was in 2007. The Yankees are 1-6 in their last 7 home games overall. The over is 6-1 in the Yankees last 7 games. The over is 7-3-2 in the Pirates last 12 games.
-Colorado hosts the San Diego Padres this weekend. Jorge De La Rosa starts Friday for the Rockies. The Rockies are 7-0 in his last 7 home starts vs. the Padres. They are 11-1 in his last 12 starts overall vs. San Diego. The under is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings between San Diego and Colorado.
-The Atlanta Braves will be in St. Louis for a matchup of two of the best teams in the National League. Atlanta is 9-2 in their last 11 vs. the NL Central, but they are 0-4 in their last 4 as an underdog. The Cardinals are 46-20 in their last 66 home games. The Braves are 4-10 in their last 14 games at St. Louis. The under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.