Interleague baseball provided us with some great rivalries and surprising results over the last few days. Who could have expected the Mets to sweep the Yankees? Also, how did the Houston Astros take 3 of 4 from the Colorado Rockies? That type of series shows why the game is played on the field instead of on paper. It also shows why bettors shouldn’t be laying big numbers on moneyline favorites.

Some very interesting series’ are on the schedule this weekend. The Pirates will host the Reds in a battle of NL Central teams who are off to a great start this year. The defending World Series Champs will be in St. Louis to take on the Cardinals, who have the best record in baseball. In the American League, the Red Sox visit the Bronx in a huge battle with the Yankees.

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.

-Jon Lester and C.C. Sabathia will square off in the Bronx in the first game of the key Red Sox vs. Yankees series Friday night. The Red Sox are 7-2 in Lester’s last 9 starts on the road against the Yankees. New York is just 2-6 in Sabathia’s last 8 starts against the Red Sox.

-Someone is going to have to lose Friday’s marquee matchup between the Reds and the Pirates. The Reds and Pirates are both 8-1 in their last 9 against the NL Central. The Reds are 20-8 in their last 28 games, but the Pirates are 12-3 in their last 15. Johnny Cueto and Wandy Rodriguez will square off in a nice pitching matchup Friday night.

-The Cleveland Indians are 14-4 in their last 18 home games. They’ll try to slow down the Matt Moore express at home on Friday night. Tampa Bay is 6-0 in Moore’s last 6 road games and 11-1 in Moore’s last 12 starts overall.

-Totals bettors might want to keep an eye on the Mets vs. Marlins series. The over is 42-18-5 in the last 65 meetings between these two teams in Miami. The Mets come into this series with a lot of momentum.

-Bartolo Colon may be 40 years old, but he is still winning games. The Athletics are 7-1 in Colon’s last 8 home starts. Oakland is 12-4 in his last 16 starts overall. Colon will face one of his old teams when the White Sox travel to Oakland. The White Sox are just 15-36 in their last 51 games in Oakland.

-How about some crazy mixed trends for Friday’s Milwaukee vs. Philadelphia game? The Phillies are 1-10 in Cole Hamels’ last 11 starts overall. At the same time, the Phillies are 4-0 in Hamels last 4 starts against the Brewers. The Brewers are 11-30 in their last 41 games at Philadelphia. The Brewers are 5-21 in their last 26 games overall.

-The Padres aren’t a terribly impressive team, but they are 13-5 in their last 18 home games. Toronto is just 1-10 in their last 11 Friday games. The Blue Jays are 9-20 in their last 29 games as a road underdog.

-The Arizona Diamondbacks are 10-0 in Patrick Corbin’s first 10 starts this year. He’ll start for the Diamondbacks on Sunday at Wrigley Field against the Cubs.