The NL Central and AL West have clearly become the most interesting divisional races to follow as the season winds down. The NL Central is unique in that three teams still have a legitimate shot at winning the division. They’ll play each other a lot between now and the end of the year. It starts this weekend when the St. Louis Cardinals host the Pittsburgh Pirates. Oakland looks to grab an edge in the AL West as they get to play against the lowly Houston Astros all weekend.

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 are coming off an impressive series against the Cardinals, but it won’t get any easier for them this weekend. They’ll host the red hot Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers are 7-0 in their last 7 Friday games. They are 5-0 in their last 5 games following a day off. The Reds are 44-25 at home this year.

-The Milwaukee Brewers are limping to the finish line this year. Milwaukee is 0-4 in their last 4 games against a team with a losing record. They are 9-21 in their last 30 games a left-handed pitcher. They are 10-4 in their last 14 games at Wrigley field though, and they’ll be at Wrigley this weekend.

-The Texas Rangers have a huge series against the Los Angeles Angels this weekend. The Rangers have won 7 straight games against the Angels. Texas is 4-0 in their last 4 games in Los Angeles. The series gets started Friday night with former Ranger C.J. Wilson starting against his old team.

-Pittsburgh is 9-4 in their last 13 games against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals are 7-0 in Joe Kelly’s last 7 starts, and he will start Friday night for St. Louis. The Pirates are 4-1 in A.J. Burnett’s last 5 starts against the Cardinals, and he’ll start for Pittsburgh on Friday.

-Totals bettors should keep an eye on the under in the Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals series this weekend. The under is 18-7-1 in the last 26 meetings in Kansas City between these two teams. James Shields starts for Kansas City on Friday, and the under is 6-0 in his last 6 starts overall.

-The Colorado Rockies can’t be upset about going to San Diego this weekend. The Rockies are 5-1 in their last 6 games in San Diego. They are 12-4 in their last 16 meetings overall with the Padres.

-After a recent hot streak, the White Sox have cooled back down in a hurry. The south siders have lost 7 straight games. Chicago is 14-37 in their last 51 road games. Baltimore is 6-1 in their last 7 as a home favorite, and they’ll be favored in every game in this series this weekend.

-The Tampa Bay Rays are in danger of losing their grip on the second AL Wildcard spot. The Rays are 3-8 in their last 11 games overall. Tampa Bay is 12-5 in their last 16 meetings with the Mariners though, and they’ll be up against Seattle this weekend.