The San Francisco Giants are hitting the baseball far better than anyone could have expected. The Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros are at the bottom of their divisions as most would have expected. Arizona’s 4-14 record stands out as the biggest surprise of the season thus far. This was a team that was expected to finish right around .500 by the oddsmakers. They have a lot of work to do to get back to that .500 mark.

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’.

-Milwaukee is in Pittsburgh for a four-game series this weekend. The Brewers are an amazing 67-29 in their last 96 games against the Pirates. Milwaukee is unbeaten on the road so far this season, and that’s one of the biggest reasons why this team has been the surprise of the season to the upside thus far.

-St. Louis and Washington meet in a battle of two of the top teams in the National League this weekend. The over is 8-0 in the Nationals last 8 games. Washington’s offense has been much better so far this year, but their pitching staff is underperforming thus far. The Cardinals are a perfect 7-0 in their last 7 games against the Nationals. They are 4-0 in their last 4 at Washington.

-The Cincinnati Reds have made Wrigley Field their home away from home in recent years. They’ll be in Chicago to face the Cubs again this weekend. Cincinnati is 25-8 in their last 33 games at Wrigley. The over is 7-3 in the last 10 games at Wrigley between these two teams.

-The Philadelphia Phillies head to Coors Field this weekend. Philadelphia is 12-4 in their last 16 games at Coors Field. The Phillies are an impressive 36-15 in their last 51 against the Rockies overall. The over is 13-6 in the last 19 meetings between these teams at Coors Field.

-The Chicago White Sox take on the Texas Rangers in Arlington this weekend. Texas is 13-4 in their last 17 home games. The White Sox are 17-47 in their last 64 road games. Don’t be surprised if this is a very one-sided series. The under is 20-7 in the last 27 meetings between these teams.

-Arizona is 0-9 in their last 9 Friday games. They’ll be in Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers this weekend. The Dodgers are 7-0 in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning percentage of 40% or lower. The Dodgers are also 6-0 in their last 6 games against the Diamondbacks.

-Minnesota is on the road in Kansas City this weekend. The over is 14-2 in the Twins last 16 road games. The Twins are just 4-10 in their last 14 road games. They are 2-8 in their last 10 games in Kansas City. The Royals are 15-6 in their last 21 home games.

-The Yankees have been good on the road in recent years, but they haven’t had any success in Tampa Bay. New York is 6-16 in their last 22 games at Tampa Bay. Hiroki Kuroda pitches Friday and the Yankees are 0-7 in his last 7 road starts.