As we start another work week, Major League Baseball has some huge matchups that will impact the playoff race in a big way. The Tampa Bay Rays will be in Baltimore for a crucial series against the Orioles. Both of those teams are trying to stay in touch with the Boston Red Sox in the AL East, and they are also fighting for the AL Wild Card spots.

The Pirates have a tricky series in San Diego, while the Cardinals will be in Milwaukee against a short-handed Brewers team. The red hot Dodgers look to keep to their winning ways against the lowly Miami Marlins in Miami this week.

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 Los Angeles Angels have been the biggest disappointment in baseball all year. The Angels are 3-13 in their last 16 games against a team with a winning record. They are 2-6 in their last 8 games overall. They’ll host the Indians this week. The Indians are still fighting for a playoff spot in the American League.

-The Atlanta Braves look to keep their recent red hot run going in New York this week. Atlanta is 19-9 in their last 28 games against the Mets. They are 7-3 in their last 10 in New York.

-Oakland is 75-34 in their last 109 games as a favorite. They should be favored in all three of their home games this week against the Seattle Mariners. Seattle is 12-2 in their last 14 against the AL West, so this will be an interesting series to watch.

-After a recent hot streak, the Tampa Bay Rays have cooled off in the last couple weeks. Tampa Bay is 0-6 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. They are 0-5 in their last 5 road games. They’ll be on the road against a good Baltimore team this week.

-Totals bettors should keep an eye on the Nationals vs. Cubs series. The under is 11-4 in the Nationals last 15 road games. The under is 4-0 in the Cubs last 4 home games. The under is 9-1 in the last 10 games between these teams at Wrigley Field.

-The Kansas City Royals are 4-0 in their last 4 games against the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox are 0-6 in John Danks’ last 6 starts overall. The White Sox have been one of the worst teams in baseball the last couple months. Kansas City is looking to continue their recent hot streak.

-The Pittsburgh Pirates are 1-6 in their last 7 road games. The San Diego Padres are 38-14 in their last 52 games against the Pirates. This is a tricky series for the NL Central leading Pirates.

-The Texas Rangers are 38-14 in their last 52 games against the Houston Astros. The Rangers host the Astros this week. Get ready for some massive lines on the Rangers in this series.

-The under is 44-17-4 in the last 65 meetings between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Cincinnati Reds. They’ll meet for a three-game series in Cincinnati starting Monday night.