The MLB Divisional Series games are providing some surprising – and some not-so-surprising – results. The Houston Astros are up 2-1 in their American League Division Series (ALDS) against the Chicago White Sox, while both of the National League Division Series (NLDS) contests are tied at one each. More games are on the way, though, but most bettors know what is coming in the ALDS.
Astros On Their Way, But Run Into a Problem
The Astros took the first two games in the ALDS series against the White Sox with little problems. The third game didn’t go the same, however, and Chicago is keeping the series alive. In Game 3, the White Sox managed 16 hits as they looked to stay in the race, and it’s now an entirely different ballgame.
The Astros were cruising to a win in Game 3 after they moved out in front with a 5-1 lead. The White Sox decided it was time to quit playing around, driving in a series of runs to ultimately win 12-6. Trouble lies ahead, though, as the White Sox haven’t won a game at Minute Maid Park this season.
It’s beginning to look like this series might go to Game 5 to be decided. Despite their issues, the White Sox showed that they can run on the same field as the Astros and will likely keep it up in Game 4. Oddsmakers seem to feel the same way, with most giving them around -125 against the +115 the Astros have received. The Over/Under is at 9 at all major sportsbooks and the Over (-105) could hit. Both teams had to ask a lot from their pitching rotation in Game 3, and that means there will be some fatigue coming up that could lead to mistakes.
Giants and Dodgers Still Fighting for Position
The San Francisco Giants and the LA Dodgers are no closer to determining a winner than they were when their best-of-five series began. Each team has taken a game so far and this, like the Astros-White Sox matchup, is turning out to be a great competition.
The Dodgers have been playing slightly better, outscoring the Giants 9-4 across the first two games. That wasn’t enough to keep San Francisco away from a win; however, things are going to get tougher from this point forward. Game 3 is going to be played at Dodger Stadium today, and the Dodgers are going to bring the same energy that allowed them to score nine runs in Game 2.
The Dodgers are favored to win, at around -210 at most books. The Giants are at +175 and have obviously run into some trouble. At home, in their zone, the Dodgers are expected to take tonight’s game. The Over/Under is at 7 at most sportsbooks and a high-scoring game is possible. The Giants are going to come out swinging at everything they can and the Dodgers are going to bring their heat from Game 2. The Over (-120) is a good target.
Brewers and Braves Take One Each
No MLB postseason matchup has been disappointing this year, and the competition between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Atlanta Braves is just as intense. The Brewers won the first two at home, with the series now headed to Atlanta for the next two. If Atlanta can take both games, they won’t have to worry about traveling back to Milwaukee for Game 5.
In Game 2, the Braves punched the Brewers’ ticket and left them without a single run. That was a strong performance, but Atlanta will have to be even stronger tonight. Freddy Peralta’s coming in for the Brewers and the righty has had a good season. He has struck out 195 batters in 144.1 innings and, in three career postseason appearances, he has a 2.25 ERA, with seven strikeouts.
Peralta’s performance is going to be difficult for the Braves, but not impossible. Atlanta is putting Ian Anderson on the mound and, in four career postseason performances, he has a 0.96 ERA in 18.2 innings, with 24 strikeouts. The Braves should be backed at -110, but the Under 8 (-105) is good for a unit or a unit and a half.