The Washington Nationals were disappointing for the majority of the season, but they are doing their best to make a real run at the playoffs late. Washington has won 8 of their last 9 games, and 25 of their last 35 overall. They are just 4.5 games back of the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Wildcard race.

The Red Sox swept away the Yankees, seriously damaging their rivals chances of slipping into the playoffs. Boston has 92 wins, which is three more than anyone else in the majors. Only the NL Central is an exciting divisional race as we go down to the wire, but the Wildcard races should be great.

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 Texas Rangers are 0-6 in their last 6 games overall. They have slipped into a tie with the Tampa Bay Rays in the two AL Wildcard spots. Both of these teams are in danger of missing the playoffs altogether because there is a logjam of teams right behind them. Texas is in Tampa Bay for a huge series this week. The under is 5-0-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

-It may come as a big surprise to you (it did me), but the Seattle Mariners are actually 4-0 in their last 4 games in Detroit. They are 7-3 in their last 10 meetings overall against the Tigers. Seattle is in Detroit for a three-game series starting Monday night.

-Washington will have to keep it rolling if they are going to make a serious push for the playoffs, but they’ll have to do it against an Atlanta Braves team that has had their number over the past couple years. Atlanta is 7-0 in their last 7 games at Washington. They are also 16-5 in their last 21 overall against the Nationals. They start a three-game series in Washington on Monday night.

-Cleveland is just half a game back in the AL Wildcard race, and the Kansas City Royals are still very much alive as well. These two teams meet this week in Kansas City. Cleveland is just 4-9 in their last 13 games at Kansas City. The over is 38-18-3 in the last 59 meetings between these teams.

-Johnny Cueto returns to the Cincinnati Reds rotation Monday night. The Reds need their ace to be healthy again as they make a push for the playoffs. The Reds are in Houston for a series against the lowly Astros. Cincinnati is 38-17 in their last 55 games against the Astros.

-Something has to give on Tuesday when the Dodgers meet the Diamondbacks in Arizona. The Dodgers are 17-4 in Zack Greinke’s last 21 starts. The Diamondbacks are 23-7 in Patrick Corbin’s last 30 starts. These two will square off against each other Tuesday evening.

-Pittsburgh is tied with St. Louis atop the NL Central. The Pirates host the Padres this week, and San Diego is 20-6 in their last 26 games at Pittsburgh. The over is also 7-1 in the last 8 meetings between these two in Pittsburgh.

-St. Louis will be in Colorado starting Tuesday for a series with the Rockies at Coors Field. The Cardinals are 15-5 in their last 20 games against the Rockies.