The Atlanta Braves became the first team to win 80 games this year on Wednesday night. The Braves dominance at home has really been amazing this season. Atlanta is 46-18 at home so far in 2013. The Braves have been baseball’s best home team, but the Texas Rangers are the road warriors of baseball so far this season. The Rangers are 40-28 away from home this year.
St. Louis and Pittsburgh meet in a pivotal series in Pittsburgh this weekend. The teams are separated by just half a game right now, and the NL Central is completely up for grabs. Tampa Bay and Oakland will square off on the West Coast in what is a very intriguing 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.
-Baltimore really needs some wins this weekend in the Bronx to stay in the thick of the playoff race. The Orioles are 0-5 in their last 5 road games. They are 1-6 in their last 7 games against the AL East. Their sweep at the hands of the Red Sox really hurt this team’s chances. Baltimore is 6-2 in their last 8 against the Yankees, but they are 18-39 in their last 57 games in New York.
-It’s the battle of the Sox this weekend in Boston. The White Sox are surprisingly 8-3 in their last 11 games in Boston against the Red Sox. Chicago has been playing much better of late. The White Sox are 7-0 in their last 7 games as an underdog. On the other hand, the Red Sox are 6-0 in their last 6 home games against a team with a losing record.
-Tampa Bay hasn’t had any luck in Oakland in past years. The Rays are 18-42 in their last 60 games playing in Oakland. They’ll turn to ace David Price in game one of the series on Friday. The Rays are 7-1 in Price’s last 8 starts.
-Kansas City will be in Toronto to take on the Blue Jays this weekend. The Royals are 9-22 in their last 31 games in Toronto. They are 3-8 in their last 11 overall against the Blue Jays. The Royals have been baseball’s streakiest team this year.
-Washington has finally caught fire after disappointing for the majority of the season. It might be too late for them to make the playoffs (barring a collapse from someone in front of them), but bettors are making money with the Nationals of late. The team is 8-1 in their last 9 games. They host the Mets this weekend, and Washington has won 25 of the last 34 meetings.
-Cleveland gets another chance at the Tigers this weekend. The Indians are just 7-20 in their last 27 meetings with the Tigers, and their inability to beat the Tigers is really costing them in their chase for a playoff spot.
-The Giants are 1-6 in Tim Lincecum’s last 7 starts against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He’ll be against them Friday night in the desert. The Giants are 1-7 in Lincecum’s last 8 road starts overall.
-Totals bettors should keep an eye on the Marlins and Braves series this weekend. The under is 18-8-1 in the last 27 meetings between these teams in Atlanta.