The Atlanta Braves continue to pace the majors with the best record in the league at 15-6. Texas, Boston, and Colorado aren’t far behind at 14-7. The lowly Miami Marlins have the worst record in baseball at 5-16.
There will be a lot of divisional action going on this weekend. Atlanta does matchup with Detroit in the one Interleague game this weekend, and that should be a great series. The Reds and Nationals also square off in a matchup of two of the favorites in the National League.
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 New York Yankees have been taking care of business at home of late. New York is 6-0 in their last 6 home games against a team with a losing record. Toronto comes to town this weekend. The Blue Jays may have a losing record, but I wouldn’t expect them to stay under .500 for too long. It should be a great series in the Bronx. Hiroka Kuroda starts for New York on Thursday, and the Yankees are 12-0 in Kuroda’s last 12 starts on 4 days of rest.
-Totals bettors should take note of the fact that the under is 7-0 in the Yankees last 7 home games. The oddsmakers have been lining Yankees games too high so far this year. Remember, this isn’t the same Yankees lineup since they are without some of their biggest stars. Yankee Stadium isn’t a great hitters ballpark this time of the year either since the weather is still relatively cool.
-Something has to give in the Reds vs. Nationals series. The Reds are 0-5 in their last 5 road games. The Nationals are 0-6 in their last 6 home games. Washington has been a pretty big disappointment so far this year, but they should turn it around with time. Be careful betting on the Nationals on Friday. Washington is 0-8 in their last 8 Friday games. The under is 12-3-1 in the last 16 meetings between these teams in Washington.
-Lance Lynn has turned into a very nice moneymaker for bettors over the last year or so. The Cardinals are 26-10 in Lance Lynn’s last 36 starts overall. Even more impressive is the fact that the Cardinals are 16-1 in Lynn’s last 17 starts against the NL Central. Lynn will start against the Pirates on Friday night.
-It’s hard to overstate how bad the Astros have been so far this year and at the end of last season. Houston is 11-43 in their last 54 games against a team with a winning record. They are 18-58 in their last 76 road games. The Astros take on the red hot Red Sox in Fenway Park this weekend.
-Tim Lincecum may have had a down year in 2012, but he has started off 2013 much better. The Giants are 4-0 in his 4 starts this year. Lincecum has dominated the Padres in his career, and he’ll face them on Friday night in San Diego. The Giants are 6-2 in Lincecum’s last 8 against San Diego. They are 8-1 in Lincecum’s last 9 road starts.
-The over is 24-7-2 in the last 33 meetings between the Indians and the Royals in Kansas City. Both of these offenses have been hitting the ball better over the last couple weeks as well. If the oddsmakers set a number that seems too low this weekend, don’t be afraid to bet the over.