The 4th of July is now in the rear view mirror and we are just past the halfway point of the Major League Baseball season. The two Los Angeles teams are showing signs of life. The Angels are playing very well, but they have a ton of ground to make up in the AL West. Fortunately for the Dodgers, the NL West is a complete mess, and the Dodgers could vault into first place within weeks if they stay hot.

There will be a lot of key divisional matchups on the schedule this weekend. Detroit and Cleveland meet in Cleveland in what is a huge series for the Indians as they try to stay in touch in the AL Central. The Dodgers will be in San Francisco to take on the slumping Giants in what is an extremely heated rivalry.

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 Pittsburgh Pirates are 6-0 in their last 6 road games. Pittsburgh has the best record in baseball right now. They did lose two of their last three at home to the Phillies, but they’ll try to get back on the winning track at Wrigley Field this weekend. The Cubs are just 16-35 in their last 31 games against the NL Central.

-The Atlanta Braves are 0-8 in Tim Hudson’s last 8 road starts. Hudson will start for the Braves Friday in Philadelphia. Cliff Lee will be on the mound for the Phillies. The Phillies are just 1-4 in Lee’s last 5 starts against the Braves.

-Totals bettors should keep an eye on the under in Kansas City on Friday. The under is 7-0 in the last 7 meetings between the Athletics and the Royals. The under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Kansas City.

-The under is 31-11-2 in Jeremy Hellickson’s last 44 home starts. Hellickson will start for the Rays on Friday against the slumping Chicago White Sox. The Rays are also 6-1 in Hellickson’s last 7 starts overall.

-There are plenty of conflicting trends for the Tigers vs. Indians series this weekend in Cleveland. On Friday, Justin Masterson will start for the Indians. The Indians are 7-0 in Masterson’s last 7 starts. Rick Porcello will start for the Tigers in that game, and the Tigers are 1-5 in Porcello’s last 6 starts in Cleveland. At the same time, the Tigers are 5-0 in their last 5 games overall against the Indians.

-Looking for a live dog to bet on this weekend? Be careful pulling the trigger on the Minnesota Twins. The Twins are 0-6 in their last 6 games as an underdog. Their opponent will be the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto is 6-0 in their last 6 games as a favorite.

-The Dodgers are 7-1 in their last 8 games against the NL West. Los Angeles is 10-2 in their last 12 games. San Francisco is 1-9 in their last 10 games. Still, it is the Giants who have won four straight home games against the Dodgers.

-The Colorado Rockies are 8-20 in their last 28 games at Arizona. The Rockies are 5-17 in their last 22 games during game one of a series. The under is also 18-6-2 in the last 26 games between the Rockies and Diamondbacks.