The final weekend of the regular season is here. A couple of races are going down to the final weekend. The Pittsburgh Pirates will be in Cincinnati for a three-game series to decide who gets home field advantage in the NL Wildcard one-game playoff. Whichever team wins that series will be the one that gets home field advantage.
In the American League, it is down to the Rays, Indians, and Rangers. Two of those teams will be in the AL Wildcard one game playoff next week, while one of them will sit at home. Tampa Bay is in Toronto for the weekend in a four-game series. Cleveland is in Minnesota for a four-game series. Texas hosts the Los Angeles Angels in a four-game series.
BangtheBook wants to give baseball bettors some extra information to try to stay ahead of the books this year. This MLB betting article will be done twice a week during the baseball season to give you trends to consider before wagering your money on baseball. Let’s look at trends to consider for series’ this weekend.
-The Pirates are 3-7 in their last 10 games in Cincinnati, so they’ll have to turn that trend around to get a home game next Tuesday. The under is 15-7-3 in the last 25 meetings between the Reds and Pirates.
-Don’t look now, but the Los Angeles Angels have actually finished the season on a roll. It hasn’t mattered since the team was out of the playoff chase months ago, but the Angels are 23-9 in their last 32 games. They are just two games below .500. The Texas Rangers are 8-2 in their last 10 meetings against the Angels.
-Cleveland is just 4-9 in their last 13 games in Minnesota. They’ll have to find a way to win some games in Minnesota this weekend to secure their Wildcard spot.
-Arizona hosts Washington in a four-game series this weekend. The Diamondbacks are 0-6 in their last 6 Friday games. They are 24-8 in Patrick Corbin’s last 32 starts. He’ll start on Friday this weekend, so something has to give. Washington is 6-2 in their last 8 games against Arizona.
-Andy Pettitte makes the last start of his career in Houston against the Astros on Friday. The Yankees are 9-1 in their last 10 meetings with the Astros.
-The Cardinals host the Cubs to finish out the regular season. St. Louis 46-22 in their last 68 home games. The Cardinals have played great recently, and they have a legitimate chance at finishing with the best record in the National League.
-The White Sox are 6-20 in their last 26 games overall. Kansas City is 4-0 in their last 4 against the White Sox. The under is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings between these two in Chicago.
-The San Diego Padres will finish off their season in San Francisco. The Padres are just 5-17 in their last 22 games against the Giants in San Francisco.
-Tampa Bay is 36-15 in their last 51 games against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rays have won six games in a row overall heading into this series. The under is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings between the Rays and the Blue Jays.