The teams with the two best records in baseball are both in the National League Central. The Cardinals have a one game lead on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Despite being 58-44, the Cincinnati Reds are five games back in this very tough division.

The other really competitive division is the AL East. The Yankees are 53-48, but they are losing touch with Boston and Tampa Bay. The Rays have been the hottest team in baseball of late, and they are only half a game out of the division lead.

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 Nationals are 0-6 in their last 6 games. They’ll host the Mets for a three-game series this weekend. Matt Harvey will be pitching for the Mets in the series opener on Friday night. The Mets are 8-22 in their last 30 games against the Nationals.

-The Cardinals and the Braves square off in a possible National League Championship series preview this weekend in Atlanta. Atlanta is 41-17 in their last 58 home games. The Braves are 8-0 in their last 8 home games against a team with a winning road record. Adam Wainwright will start the series opener for St. Louis. The Cardinals are 13-3 in Wainwright’s last 16 road starts.

-The Twins don’t have much going for them in Friday night’s series opener against the Seattle Mariners. The Twins are 0-5 in Diamond’s last 5 starts. The Mariners are 4-0 Felix Hernandez’s last 4 starts. Overall, Seattle has won 5 straight games at home against Minnesota.

-The Los Angeles Dodgers return home to play the Cincinnati Reds starting Thursday night after a great road trip. Cincinnati is 4-0 in their last 4 road games, but the Dodgers are 15-6 in their last 21 home games against the Reds. Thursday night’s pitching matchup between Mat Latos and Zack Greinke should be a good one.

-The disappointing Angels will be in Oakland to take on the first-place Oakland Athletics four a four-game series beginning Thursday. Oakland is an impressive 50-21 in their last 71 home games overall. The Angels are only 4-9 in their last 13 meetings with the Athletics.

-Milwaukee’s season outlook isn’t very good with Ryan Braun on the bench for the rest of the year. The Brewers will be in Denver to face the Rockies this weekend. Milwaukee is 7-21 in their last 28 road games against a team with a winning record at home. The Brewers are 7-19 in their last 26 games at Coors Field.

-Toronto is 7-19 in their last 26 games. Before this bad streak, the Blue Jays appeared to have righted the ship. Now, the Blue Jays are back in the cellar and completely out of the AL East race. Houston comes to town this weekend. The Astros are 45-121 in their last 126 road games.

-Totals bettors should keep an eye on the Texas vs. Cleveland series. The under is 8-1-2 in the Rangers last 11 games. The under is 5-1 in the Indians last 6. The under is also 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.