MLB Division Series Preview and World Series Odds

The Major League Baseball playoff is underway after an entertaining wild card round earlier this week. The Red Sox shut down the Yankees in the AL wild-card behind Nick Eovaldi’s five solid innings and the Red Sox bats which knocked out Gerrit Cole after 2 innings. In the NL, the Dodgers beat the Cardinals in an epic walk-off home run by Chris Taylor to send the Dodgers on to face the Giants.

Let’s take a look at the up to World Series Odds, and Preview the Division Series Matchups:

World Series Odds

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays are primed for another World Series run

The Dodgers were inches away from getting eliminated this week but have resumed their spot at the of the World Series odds. The Dodgers have the tough task of facing the Giants on the road to open the NLDS. The Astros got off to an impressive start in their game 1 win over the White Sox and are right behind the Dodgers with the 2nd best odds.

Here are the odds for the top teams:

  • Dodgers +240
  • Astros +475
  • Rays +550
  • Giants +700
  • Brewers +800

The Brewers have been a team I have liked all year and I really like their odds at +800. The Brewers got off to a game 1 win over Atlanta and I like their chances to sweep the series over the Braves. Meanwhile the Giants and Dodgers series could easily go 5 games with both teams exhausting all pitching options to try and get to the NLCS.

NLDS Preview

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers are the World Series favorites despite being in the Wild Card spot

Dodgers vs. Giants

Walker Buehler was the leader for the NL Cy Young award until he stumbled down the stretch while Logan Web has quietly put up a great season with an 11-3 record and 3.03 ERA and 1.11 WHIP. Game 1 looks like a must-win for the Giants with Webb on the mound in front of the home crowd as I don’t think the Giants pitching staff can hang with the Dodgers if the Series ends up going 4 or 5 games.

Game 2 Pitching Matchup

  • Dodgers: Julio Urias
  • Giants: Kevin Gausman
  • Game 3-5: TBD

I like the pitching matchups for the Giants in game 2 with the experienced Gausman on the hill over Urias who tends to have some erratic starts from time to time. This series has the potential to be one of the best playoff series in a long time as we rarely get division rivals both with 100 wins paired up against one another.

Red Sox vs. Rays

The Rays got out to the lead with a big game 1 win shutting out the Red Sox 5-0. The Rays look like a team on a mission and the Red Sox will desperately need to win game 2 to avoid getting swept by Tampa. If Boston can send the series back to Boston 1-1 they have a great shot of stealing this series as the Red Sox hitters have been on a tear at home over the last month.

The Red Sox have Eovaldi pitching in game 3 and he has proven to be one the best big-game pitchers in baseball history.

Astros vs. White Sox

Houston Astros

The Astros are off to a great start against the White Sox in the ALDS

This series looks like it is over before it started as the Astros have jumped out to a 2-0 series lead as their powerful lineup has put up 15 runs in the first two games against the White Sox.

The White Sox head home trying to turn the series around but I don’t see it happening with White Sox ace already being knocked around in game 1. It looks like it won’t be the White Sox series and the Astros may have plenty of rest for a big showdown vs the Rays/Red Sox winner.

Brewers vs. Braves

The Brewers’ pitching staff delivered in a big 2-1 series-opening win over Atlanta and they have to like their chances with Brandon Woodruff on the mound in game 2 at home. The Brewers had the third-best team ERA this season and I don’t think the Braves have the arms to hang with the Brewers which should become evident over the next couple of games.

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