The Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals have the best record in the American League and National League respectively at this point. Texas just took 3 out of 4 against the Detroit Tigers in a big series. St. Louis is 14-8 at home and 14-7 on the road. The Cardinals have the best team ERA in baseball.
Miguel Cabrera is putting on a show once again this year. Cabrera hit three home runs on Sunday Night Baseball, and he leads the league in batting average and RBI’s. It’s hard to put any other hitter in the same category as him right now.
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.
-If you like to back home underdogs, the New York Mets probably aren’t a team you should be considering. New York is 4-22 in their last 26 games as a home underdog. Looking for value on home underdogs can be a profitable strategy overall, but the Mets aren’t the team to do it with. The Mets host the Reds this week. Cincinnati is 5-1 in their last 6 meetings with the Mets.
-The Atlanta Braves really like putting up runs for Julio Tehran. Nobody in baseball gets better run support than Tehran. The Braves are 6-1 in his 7 starts this year despite Tehran having a relatively poor 4.57 ERA. They probably won’t keep scoring runs at the pace they are for him, but Tehran might keep winning because he has the stuff to dominate if it ever clicks.
-The Arizona Diamondbacks are 8-0 in Patrick Corbin’s 8 starts this year. That will be tested on Monday night when Corbin faces off against a red hot Rockies offense at Coors Field. Corbin has allowed 11 earned runs in just 9 innings in his career at Coors Field.
-The Texas Rangers have been taking care of business at home. Texas is 94-46 in their last 140 games as a home favorite. They are 70-30 in their last 100 home games against a right-handed pitcher. They should be favored in each game of their series against Oakland this week.
-Pittsburgh has been a good bet in Wandy Rodriguez’s starts against teams with a losing record. The Pirates are 7-0 in Wandy’s last 7 starts against a team with a losing record. He’ll start Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs. Matt Garza will make his season debut for the Cubs in that game.
-Totals bettors should keep an eye on the Tampa Bay Rays. The over is 19-5-2 in the Rays last 26 games overall. The oddsmakers keep bumping up the numbers on the Rays games and Tampa Bay keeps finding a way to push the game over the posted total.
-The Angels have been bad this year, but they have a nice recent history in games following a day off. The Angels are 10-3 in their last 13 games following an off day. They’ll play on Tuesday against Seattle after having a day off Monday.