The Houston Astros have been struggling for form of late and face tough games against the Arizona Diamondbacks, before hosting the Oaklands Athletics at the weekend. If the Astros can pick up a couple of wins from their four games with the play-off-chasing Diamondbacks, they can go into their home games with the Athletics with renewed confidence.
The Boston Red Sox are in brilliant form, having lost just once in their last eleven games – a narrow 5-4 defeat at the New York Yankees. They welcome the St Louis Cardinals to Fenway Park this week, ahead of three mouth-watering games against the Yankees, who sit fourth in the American League.
Three wins in a row for the Cleveland Indians has kept them in third-place in the American League, but they face a tough week on the road. They travel to the Minnesota Twins and the Kansas City Royals, with both of these teams in pursuit of a play-off place.
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The LA Dodgers continue to produce impressive results and enjoy a comfortable lead in the National League. The Dodgers should have few problems midweek in beating the Chicago White Sox, who sit bottom of the American League. They then face a Detroit Lions side who are just two places above the White Sox. More wins should be expected for the Dodgers.
The Washington Nationals are winning enough games to keep themselves second in the National League, but face a tough midweek when they travel to an in-form Los Angeles Angels, who have won their last six games. The Nationals then face weekend fixtures at the San Diego Padres, who have won just once in their last five fixtures.
The stand-out games this weekend sees the Boston Red Sox host the New York Yankees. In what are sure to be close games between two teams vying for the play-offs, the smart money is backing the Red Sox to come out on top. When the two sides met recently at Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox ran out 10-5 winners and can take that psychological edge into this weekend.
The Los Angeles Angels are in terrific form and can maintain their push for a play-off place with wins at the Baltimore Orioles this weekend. The Orioles are struggling for consistency and recently lost twice to the Angels, 3-2 and 5-1, suggesting there could be more success for the Angels on the way.