The Atlanta Braves and the Oakland Athletics have been the hottest teams in baseball over the past few weeks. Atlanta has gone through some streaks and slumps early in the year, but the Braves are really starting to run away with the NL East right now. Oakland is slowly reeling in the Texas Rangers in the AL West. Could they shock everyone and win the west once again?

Philadelphia is now 30-30 on the year, and they have actually passed the Washington Nationals in the NL East standings. There are now four teams within 3.5 games in the AL East as Tampa Bay heats up and the Yankees cool off. Expect the AL East to be extremely competitive all year long.

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 Seattle Mariners host the New York Yankees in a four-game series this weekend. Seattle will likely be an underdog in three of the four games in this series. The Mariners are just 3-13 in their last 16 games as an underdog. The Yankees are 5-2 in their last 7 games in Seattle.

-Oakland is 17-5 in their last 22 games overall. The Chicago White Sox are 1-8 in their last 9 games. Talk about two teams heading in different directions! Oakland is 6-0 in their last 6 games against the AL Central, while the White Sox are 1-7 in their last 8 games against the AL West.

-The Colorado Rockies have been very good this year, but they are only 1-7 in their last 8 games during Game One of the series. Colorado has won six straight meetings with the San Diego Padres, and they will host them in a four-game series this weekend.

-Cleveland is now 0-8 in their last 8 games on the road against a team with a winning record. They’ll be in Detroit this weekend to take on the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers aren’t running away with the division just yet, but the Indians have cooled off quite a bit in the last couple weeks as well. This is a big series for Cleveland.

-Baltimore squares off against Tampa Bay in a battle of teams looking to keep pace with the Red Sox and Yankees in the AL East. The Orioles are 7-0 in Jason Hammel’s last 7 road starts, and he’ll start in Tampa Bay on Friday.

-The best series of the weekend is probably in Cincinnati, where the Reds will be hosting the St. Louis Cardinals. Adam Wainwright has been lights out so far this year, but the Cardinals are just 1-4 in his last 5 starts against the Reds. The Reds are 21-8 in their last 29 home games.

-The Los Angeles are still stumbling along, and they’ll be in Boston to play the Red Sox this weekend. The Angels are actually 8-0 in the last 8 meetings between these teams. They are 5-0 in the last 5 games at Fenway Park. Can they finally hit stride?

-The under is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings between the Braves and the Dodgers. They start a four-game series in Los Angeles on Thursday night. Friday’s game could be interesting as Ryu returns from an injury to start against Atlanta. The Dodgers are 4-0 in Ryu’s last 4 home starts.