Baseball is back in full swing after a brief break for the All-Star Game. Two of the hottest teams in baseball were awesome on the road in their first series since the break. The Tampa Bay Rays didn’t let the All-Star break slow them down a bit. Tampa Bay came right out of the break and swept the Blue Jays in a three-game series. The Dodgers swept Washington in a three-game series as well to keep their momentum going.

Most teams get started with their next series on Monday this week. Tampa Bay will meet Boston in a huge AL East clash in Fenway. The Yankees are in Texas against the suddenly cold Texas Rangers.

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.

-There will be a great matchup of top notch pitchers on the south side of Chicago Monday night. Max Scherzer will start for the Tigers and Chris Sale will be on the mound for the White Sox. The Tigers are 4-0 in Scherzer’s last 4 road starts. The White Sox are 11-3 in Sale’s last 14 home starts. This should be a good one.

-Minnesota looked good at home coming out of the break, but the road hasn’t been kind to them of late. The Twins are 4-13 in their last 17 road games. They will be on the road in Los Angeles to take on the Angels this week. The Twins are 0-5 in their last 5 games in Anaheim.

-The Seattle Mariners have won six straight games. Seattle has been more competitive than most people expected this year. They have some young guys in the lineup who have been very productive of late. They host Cleveland this week, and Seattle has won 4 of the last 5 at home against the Indians.

-The Atlanta Braves have won a lot of games against the New York Mets over the last couple years. The Braves are 17-7 in the last 24 meetings between these two teams. Atlanta will be in New York this week, where they are 5-1 in their last 6 contests.

-Tampa Bay is scorching hot right now. The Rays are now 20-4 in their last 24 games. Tampa Bay is carrying in all kinds of momentum, but can they win at Fenway? The Rays are 1-5 in their last 6 games in Boston. They are 3-9 in their last 12 overall against the Red Sox.

-Totals bettors might want to keep an eye on the Washington vs. Pittsburgh series this week. The under is 9-2 in the Pirates last 11 games. The under is also 8-2 in the Nationals last 10 games. These are two teams that are built around their pitching staff.

-The Angels are 4-15 in Joe Blanton’s 19 starts so far this year. They have been fighting and clawing to get back to .500, but losing almost every time Blanton starts is hurting this team. Blanton starts on Monday night as a big mlb pick favorite against the Minnesota Twins.

-The over is 11-2 in the last 13 meetings between the Oakland Athletics and the Houston Astros. Houston has looked hapless since the break, and they’ll host the Athletics in a three-game series this week.