The Boston Red Sox took three out of four from the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium this past weekend. That series did two things: it gave the Red Sox a comfortable lead in the AL East, and it made the Yankees chances of reaching the playoffs much lower. Tampa Bay leads the race for the second AL Wildcard spot, but the Orioles and Indians are right on their heels. In the National League, the Cardinals swept the Pirates in a crucial NL Central series. The Reds have also caught fire. Keep a close eye on that division down the stretch.

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 week.

-The Yankees can get back on track with a big series in Baltimore early this week. C.C. Sabathia starts Monday for the Yankees, and the Yankees are 17-4 in his last 21 starts against Baltimore. On the other hand, the Yankees have lost five straight overall against the Orioles.

-Pittsburgh and Texas meet this week in a matchup of two teams who really need wins badly at this point. The Pirates are 0-6 in their last 6 games at Texas. They are 2-5 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. Texas is 14-4 in their last 18 interleague home games.

-Kansas City has been streaky all year. The Royals are 10-4 in their last 14 games overall. Cleveland is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. These two teams will meet for an important series in Cleveland early this week. Kansas City has dropped five straight games against the Indians in Cleveland.

-Washington is 12-5 in their last 17 games overall. The Nationals will be in New York this week, where they have felt right at home over the past few years. The Nationals are 15-4 in their last 19 games against the Mets in New York.

-The Detroit Tigers are once again finishing off the season with a red hot run. They have to love seeing the Chicago White Sox on the schedule for this week. The Tigers are 39-16 in their last 55 games against the White Sox.

-Speaking of teams that should be happy with their schedule early this week, the Reds will be hosting the Chicago Cubs. Cincinnati 46-16 in their last 62 games against the Cubs. The Cubs are just 12-26 in their last 38 games overall. Cincinnati is 45-22 in their last 67  against a team with a losing record.

-The under is 10-2-1 in the Giants last 13 games overall. The under 6-0-3 in the Rockies last 9 road games. The Rockies will be in San Francisco for a three-game series this week.

-The Washington Nationals are 8-18 in Dan Haren’s 26 starts this year. Moneyline $100 per game bettors have lost $1,316 during that span by betting on the Nationals with Haren on the mound. He’ll be on the mound again on Wednesday against the Mets.