The Pittsburgh Pirates have the best record in baseball, and this team is thinking much bigger than just a winning season. The Los Angeles Dodgers can’t seem to lose a game of late, especially on the road. In the American League, it is the Tampa Bay Rays who are absolutely on fire.

The suspension of 12 players for 50 games on Monday afternoon will need to play a role in your research for games as we move forward. Texas will be hit hard by the loss of Nelson Cruz. San Diego’s Everth Cabrera was a table setter for the team and he will be missed as well. Jhonny Peralta has had a great season for the Tigers, and Detroit will have to rely on youngsters more now that Peralta is sitting out 50 games.

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 Detroit Tigers are just three games ahead of the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central. Cleveland has done a great job hanging around in the AL Central this year, but they are going to have to do a little better against the Tigers. Detroit is 8-1 in their last 9 games against the Indians. Cleveland will host Detroit in a crucial four-game series this week.

-The Minnesota Twins are 15-36 in their last 51 games against a team with a winning record. Kansas City is 13-3 in their last 16 games overall. These two teams will start a series Monday night in Kansas City. The Royals are 15-2 in Jeremy Guthrie’s last 17 home starts. The Twins are 1-6 in their last 7 games in Kansas City.

-Baltimore has been superb following a day off. The Orioles are 26-10 in their last 36 games following a day off. Baltimore is also 6-0 in their last 6 during game one of a series. Baltimore has a day off on Monday before starting a three game series in San Diego with the Padres.

-The Texas Rangers are 4-0 in their last 4 meetings with the Los Angeles Angels. Texas will be in Los Angeles this week as they try to keep pace with the Oakland Athletics. The Angels are 0-6 in their last 6 games against the American League West.

-The Philadelphia Phillies are 0-12 in their last 12 games against a right-handed pitcher. They are also 0-5 in their last 5 home games. They’ll host the Chicago Cubs this week. Can the Phillies break out of this slump?

-The Colorado Rockies are 0-6 in their last 6 Tuesday games. Is it just a fluke? That is certainly possible. More concerning should be the fact that the Rockies are 24-50 in their last 74 road games. On the other hand, the Rockies are a perfect 8-0 in their last 8 games at New York. The Mets are 4-0 in their last 4 Tuesday games. Something has to give on Tuesday in New York.

-The Atlanta Braves are 11-3 in their last 14 games against the Washington Nationals. It seems as if the Braves have finished off the NL East already, but they can probably stick a fork in any comeback hopes of the Nationals with a series win in Washington this week.