The Boston Red Sox now have the best record in baseball. Boston has been taking care of business against the rest of the AL East of late. They won a series against the Yankees as well as the Rays in the past week. Oakland has quickly pulled away from the Texas Rangers, who have suddenly hit another cold stretch of late. There are five teams within two games of each other in the race for the second spot in the AL Wildcard. The NL Central is still a three-team race as well.

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 Cincinnati Reds have to keep winning to keep pace with the red hot Cardinals and Pirates in the NL Central. Cincinnati is only 3-7 in their last 10 games in Milwaukee, but they have Mat Latos starting the series off on Friday. The Reds are 18-3 in Latos’ last 21 starts on 5 days of rest.

-How about a marquee pitching matchup? Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw will face off against each other on Friday night in Los Angeles. The under is 4-0 in Bumgarner’s last 4 against the Dodgers. The under is 6-0 in Kershaw’s last 6 home games against the Giants. This line has opened at over/under 6, and it might even go down to 5.5.

-Tampa Bay has been cold of late, and they really need some wins. The Rays are 9-1 in their last 10 against the AL Central, so they should be happy to square off against the Twins in Minnesota this weekend. Minnesota is just 9-23 in their last 32 home games.

-It’s time for the Yankees and Red Sox once again this weekend! The Yankees are actually 11-5 in their last 16 games at Fenway Park, but the Red Sox are 21-5 in their last 26 games. Something has to give, and this is a huge series for the Yankees who are fighting to stay alive in the playoff chase.

-Totals bettors should keep an eye on the Colorado vs. Arizona series this weekend. The under is 18-6-2 in the last 26 meetings between these teams. The under is 12-3-2 in the last 17 games at Arizona between these two.

-Texas is just 1-6 in their last 7 games overall. They’ll host the Oakland A’s in a chance to make up ground in the AL West this weekend. Derek Holland starts the series opener for Texas. The Rangers are 6-1 in Holland’s last 7 starts against Oakland.

-The home team is 21-8 in home plate umpire Tony Randazzo’s last 29 games behind the dish this season. Next time you see him behind the plate, consider backing the home team!

-Kansas City is quietly making a late push for the last AL Wildcard spot. The Royals are 16-7 in their last 23 road games. They are only 3-11 though in their last 14 games at Detroit. They’ll have to beat the Tigers this weekend to stay in the race.