The final series before the All-Star break is now here. There are lot of players and teams who are really looking forward to the three day break that starts after Sunday’s games end.
Going into the break with momentum is huge for teams who are in contention at all. There’s nothing better than finishing the first half and starting the second half with a lot of positive momentum. The stakes will be high for many of this weekend’s matchup.
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 Mets are coming off a three-game sweep in San Francisco. The Mets are now 23-21 on the road this year. New York will be in Pittsburgh to take on the surprising Pirates this week. Pittsburgh is 20-9 in their last 29 home games. The Mets are 6-2 in their last 8 road games against a team with a winning record.
-You could argue that the Angels need a strong finish to the first half as much as anyone in baseball. The fact that they sit under .500 at this point in the season is pretty amazing given the talent that is on their roster. The Angels are 8-1 in their last 9 road games though, and they’ll face a subpar Seattle team this weekend. The Angels are 47-23 in their last 70 meetings with Seattle.
-The wheels have absolutely fallen off for the San Francisco Giants. The Giants are 17-35 in their last 52 games. They are 6-20 in their last 26 road games. Can they get back on track this weekend with a series against the skidding San Diego Padres? The Padres are 5-17 in their last 22 games.
-The Texas Rangers vs. Detroit Tigers series should be a very interesting one this weekend. The Rangers have been playing well on the road of late, but they are just 8-19 in their last 27 games in Detroit. The Tigers are 64-31 in their last 95 home games.
-To say that the Boston Red Sox have had issues in Oakland is a major understatement. The Red Sox are 8-24 in their last 32 games in Oakland. The Athletics are 48-20 in their last 68 home games. Oakland is also 7-0 in their last 7 games following an off day.
-The Arizona Diamondbacks are 16-2 in Patrick Corbin’s first 18 starts this year. Bettors have profited 1,345 units so far this year if they have wagered on the Diamondbacks in each of Corbin’s starts. He starts Friday at home against the Milwaukee Brewers.
-The home team is 6-0 in David Rackley’s last 6 games behind home plate. If you see Rackley behind the plate, take a second look at the home team.
-The Dodges are absolutely rolling of late, and they’ll look to keep it going into the break against the short-handed Colorado Rockies. Clayton Kershaw will start for the Dodgers Friday night, and the Dodgers are 7-0 in his last 7 home starts against the Rockies.
-Derek Jeter is back on the field for the Yankees, and the Bronx Bombers will look to end an injury-riddled first half of the season with a winning streak. They host the Twins this weekend. Minnesota is just 12-40 in their last 52 games against the Yankees.