The standings are starting to take shape, and you can’t help but notice some big surprises at the top of the standings so far. Colorado is 10-4 and at the top of the NL West. Boston is 10-4 and sitting atop the AL East. Oakland continues to prove people wrong, and they sit at the top of the AL West at 12-4.
The Padres swept the Dodgers in Los Angeles early this week, so the Dodgers now sit below .500. The NL Central is a big logjam with the St. Louis Cardinals slightly ahead of the Cincinnati Reds. Atlanta still has the best record in baseball at the top of the NL East.
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.
-Colorado is 9-0 in their last 9 home games. Coors Field has really been kind to the Rockies, and they’ll host the Diamondbacks there this weekend. Arizona is 22-5 in Ian Kennedy’s last 27 starts against the NL West, and he’ll start Friday’s game. This is one of those games where something has to give!
-Seattle might be a little better than they were last year, but they haven’t been good at all when playing in Texas over the last few years. The Mariners are 28-64 in their last 92 meetings in Texas against the Rangers. The Mariners are also 10-25 in their last 35 games against a team with a winning record.
-Atlanta and Pittsburgh start a four-game weekend series on Thursday evening. The Braves are 7-0 in their last 7 road games. Looking for a big totals trend? The under is 23-5-1 in the last 29 meetings between these two teams at Pittsburgh. Don’t be afraid to try to find a spot to play the under in this series.
-Friday night’s game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets will be a matchup of two of the best young pitchers in baseball. Stephen Strasburg will start for Washington while Matt Harvey starts for the Mets. Washington is 19-7 in their last 26 games at New York against the Mets.
-Need a reminder of how bad the Miami Marlins are? Miami is 21-51 in their last 72 against a team with a winning record. They are 15-38 in their last 53 games overall. The Marlins travel to take on Cincinnati this weekend. Miami is a miserable 5-16 in their last 21 games at Cincinnati. Some run line plays on the Reds this weekend might be worth a look.
-Can the Dodgers get back on track this weekend? Interleague play hasn’t been kind to the Dodgers over the last few years. Los Angeles is 17-49 in their last 66 Interleague road games. On the other side, Baltimore is 7-1 in their last 8 Interleague home games. It will be interesting to see how the games between these two are lined this weekend.
-You might not expect it between two “light-hitting” teams, but the over is 25-10 in the last 35 meetings between the Padres and the Giants. The Sportsbooks have been setting the number a little too low on these games, so keep an eye out for some value.
-Tampa Bay hasn’t been winning many games of late, but they have an amazing streak going against left-handed pitchers. The Rays are 18-5 in their last 23 games against a lefty. They’ll face two lefties in the weekend series against Oakland (Brett Anderson on Friday and Tom Milone on Sunday).