Top Weekend MLB Betting Series to Kick of Second Half of the Season

Posted by Michael Hunt on Thursday,July 13, 2017 1:52, EDT in

The fun and festivities of the All-Star Break are officially over, which means it’s time to get back to the real business of baseball. And with a great weekend ahead of us, we’ve selected the top MLB betting series to start the second half of the baseball season.

The second half gets started on Friday night, and we are going to be treated to some great series to get the ball rolling. The second half is a chance for the top teams to continue to dominate, while the chasing pack can feel as though they are starting fresh in their hunt to get back in the race.

Over the years, we have seen big leads wiped out coming down the stretch, so this is a time when hope blooms eternal for the chasing pack. Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the weekend MLB series that should grab your betting attention.

Top Weekend MLB Betting Series to Kick of Second Half of the Season

New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

When: Friday, 7:10 PM ET; Saturday, 4:05 p.m. ET; Sunday Game 1, 1:05 p.m. ET; Sunday Game 2, 8:05 p.m. ET
Where: Fenway Park, Boston
TV: MLB Network (Friday), Fox Sports 1 (Saturday), TBS (Sunday Game 1), ESPN (Sunday Game 2)
Radio: WFAN 660 (NY), WCEC 1490 AM (Boston)
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Betting Odds: TBA

Given the state of these two teams over the last few season, this great rivalry has lost some of its spark. The great news for baseball fans is that the hate is back again in a big way, as these two are once again battling it out for top spot in the AL East.

The Yankees probably needed the break that came this week, as they ended the first half on a bit of a skid. The performance of Aaron Judge in the Home Run Derby is sure to have him and his teammates fired up and ready to go, which they will need to be if they want to start making some inroads in the 3.5-game lead that the Red Sox have in the division.

Latest MLB Betting Trends

  • Yankees are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 games
  • Red Sox are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 games
  • Yankees are 1-4 SU in the last 5 games
  • Red Sox are 1-4 SU in the last 5 games
  • The total went OVER in 4 of NY Yankees’s last 5 games on the road
  • The total went UNDER in 5 of Boston’s last 6 games at home

Minnesota Twins at Houston Astros

When: Friday 7:10pm CT; Saturday 6:10pm CT; Sunday 1:10pm CT
Where:  Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
TV: FSNO, ROOTSW (Friday) / FSNO, ROOTSW (Saturday) / FSNO, ROOTSW (Sunday)
Radio: Go 96.3 (Minnesota) / KBME 790 (Houston)
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Betting Odds: TBA

There were a couple of surprise teams that performed really well through the first half of the season, perhaps none more surprising than the Minnesota Twins. They had the lead atop the Central Division for a good portion of the season before being passed by the Cleveland Indians, but at just 2.5 games out of first, they are still very much in the hunt.

Their second half is about to get off to a very tough start, as they need to go on the road to face a Houston Astros team that was about as good as it gets in the first half of the season. Houston, who are 60-29 right now, will be looking to pick up right where they left off.

Latest MLB Betting Trends

  • Twins are 2-4 ATS in the last 6 games
  • Astros are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 games
  • Twins are 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Astros are 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total went UNDER in 10 of Minnesota’s last 15 games on the road
  • The total went OVER in 8 of Houston’s last 9 games

Can the Cubs Beat the Orioles in the MLB betting lines this weekend?

Chicago Cubs at Baltimore Orioles

When: Friday & Saturday, 7:05 PM ET; Sunday, 1:35 PM ET
Where: Camden Yards, Baltimore
TV: CSN-C, MASN (Friday), ABC 7, MASN (Saturday), ABC 7, MASN (Sunday)
Radio: 670 The Score (Chicago) / 105.7 The Fan (Baltimore)
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Betting Odds: TBA

The current world champions had a first half to forget, which went against everything that baseball pundits believed would happen. Most baseball fans believed that the Cubs would roll to another division crown, another 100+ wins, and potentially another World Series, but they finished the first half an unbelievable 2 games under .500.

The Cubs are not in a particularly strong division, though, and are just 5.5 games out of first, which is a number they should be good enough to overcome. The Cubs will start their second half with a tricky visit to Baltimore to face the Orioles.

Latest MLB Betting Trends

  • Cubs are 2-4 ATS in the last 6 games
  • Orioles are 2-5 ATS the its last 7 games
  • Cubs are 2-4 SU in the last 6 games
  • Orioles are 2-5 SU in the last 7 games
  • The total went OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs’s last 6 games
  • The total went UNDER in 9 of Baltimore’s last 13 games

Tampa Bay Rays at LA Angels

When: Friday 10:07pm ET; Saturday 9:07pm ET; Sunday
Where: Angel Stadium, Anaheim, California
TV: Fox Sports Sun (Friday) / Fox Sports Sun (Saturday) / Fox Sports Sun (Sunday)
Radio: WDAE 620 AM (Tampa Bay) / (LA)
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Betting Odds: TBA

While all the attention in the AL East has gone to the Yankees and the Red Sox, the Tampa Bay Rays have quietly put together a solid run of games that has pulled them to within 3.5 games of Boston at the top.

Even if they are not able to make up all the ground in the second half, they are still a legitimate contender for a Wild Card spot, which they would have landed in with the Yankees had the season ended with the first half. Realistically, the only way into the postseason for the Angels is through the Wild Card.

They find themselves in second in the AL West, but they are 16.5 games back of the Astros, which seems like way too much to overcome. They are, though, just 3 games out of the Wild Card, so this series becomes a little more important than most.

Latest MLB Betting Trends

  • Rays are 4-2 ATS in the last 6 games
  • Angels are is 2-4 ATS in the last 6 games at home
  • Rays are 4-2 SU in the last 6 games
  • Angels are 2-5 SU in the last 7 games
  • The total went OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games
  • The total went UNDER in 4 of LA Angels’s last 5 games