We’re halfway through the Major League Baseball season. There are surprises all over the place, and some of the teams who have been big disappointments are making a run in recent weeks. The Blue Jays are back to .500 and the Dodgers are only 5.5 games out of first place thanks to a bunched up NL West. The Angels have won six straight games as well.

The All-Star break is right around the corner, and teams are going to be pushing hard to finish the first half with momentum. The suddenly sliding Tigers are in Toronto against the Blue Jays in an important series this week. Cleveland will be in Kansas City, and both of these teams now have hope in the AL Central.

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 Los Angeles Dodgers have played much better of late thanks in large part to a surge in offensive production. Yasiel Puig has been absolutely amazing for the Dodgers. Los Angeles is 0-6 in their last 6 games following an off day. They’ll try to break that losing streak with Clayton Kershaw on the hill against Roy Oswalt Tuesday night at Coors Field.

-The New York Yankees have really been sliding of late. Minnesota might be a good place for them to turn things around. The Yankees are 10-1 in their last 11 games against AL Central opponents. New York is just 1-8 in their last 9 road games. The Yankees are 39-13 in their last 52 meetings with the Minnesota Twins.

-It’s a tale of two teams moving in different directions as the Baltimore Orioles meet up with the Chicago White Sox this week. Baltimore is 4-0 in their last 4. They are 24-9 in their last 33 games following an off day. The White Sox are 5-17 in their last 22 following a loss. They are also 0-5 in their last 5 home games.

-The Arizona Diamondbacks are 8-0 in Patrick Corbin’s last 8 road starts. He’ll start on the road Tuesday night against the New York Mets. The Mets are 15-31 in their last 46 games as a home underdog, and they will be an underdog in this one.

-Looking for a great series to watch this week? The St. Louis Cardinals are in Los Angeles to take on the Angels. The Angels have won six straight games and are looking to make a serious run before the break. St. Louis has been the best team in baseball much of the year, but they have struggled in the past two weeks. The over is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

-The Oakland A’s are really rolling right now. They have been beating some very good teams of late. Now, they’ll face the Chicago Cubs at home this week. Oakland is 90-43 in their last 133 interleague home games. They are 43-14 in their last 57 games against a team with a losing record.

-Totals bettors should pay attention to the Indians vs. Royals series in Kansas City this week. The over is 20-5-2 in the last 27 games between these two teams at Kauffman Stadium.

-Pittsburgh is 22-4 in their last 26 games against a team with a losing record. They’ll face the Phillies this week. Pittsburgh is 10-1 in their last 11 games following an off day.

-The Boston Red Sox have been dominating in interleague play over the last few years. They’ll host the San Diego Padres this week. Boston is 59-22 in their last 81 interleague home games. They are 101-45 in their last 146 interleague games overall.