<![CDATA[MLB RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Houston Astros at Los Angeles Dodgers World Series Game 7 - 11/1/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/11/01/houston-astros-at-los-angeles-dodgers-world-series-game-7-11/1/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The MLB season comes to an end with the Los Angeles Dodgers hosting the Houston Astros in game seven of the World Series.

The Houston Astros saw their chance at winning the World Series title go out the door in a  3-1  game six defeat on Tuesday night where the top offense in the game went silent. The Houston pitching was very good but not good enough with starter Justin Verlander allowing two runs on three hits while striking out nine over six innings to absorb the loss while Joe Musgrove served up a solo jack in the 7th.

The Astros attack consisted of six hits and two bases…

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The MLB season comes to an end with the Los Angeles Dodgers hosting the Houston Astros in game seven of the World Series.

The Houston Astros saw their chance at winning the World Series title go out the door in a  3-1  game six defeat on Tuesday night where the top offense in the game went silent. The Houston pitching was very good but not good enough with starter Justin Verlander allowing two runs on three hits while striking out nine over six innings to absorb the loss while Joe Musgrove served up a solo jack in the 7th.

The Astros attack consisted of six hits and two bases on balls with George Springer going 2-3 with a solo jack.  The Houston Astros give the game seven start to right hander Lance McCullers Jr. who makes his second appearance in the World Series. McCullers defeated Los Angeles 5-3 with three runs allowed on four hits and four walks over 5.1 frames.

The Los Angeles Dodgers sent the World Series to a decisive game seven with a 3-1 win in game six on Tuesday. Los Angeles received just enough offense to support outstanding work on the mound. Dodgers starter Rich Hill allowed the lone run  on a solo homer through 4.2 frames before four relievers put up zeros.

The LA Dodgers did their damage on five hits  and a walk with Joc Pederson clubbing a solo bomb while Chris Taylor and Corey Seager knocked in a run each. The Los Angeles Dodgers have named Yu Darvish as Wednesday’s game seven starter. Darvish has appeared once in the World Series and absorbed a 5-3 loss with four runs given up on six hits and a base on balls over 1.2 innings of work.

Houston are 24-10 in their last 34 overall and Houston are 24-10 in their last 34 games on grass and Houston are 34-14 in their last 48 Wednesday games. Over is 6-3-1 in Los Angeles last 10 home games and Los Angeles are 2-6 in their last 8 Wednesday games and Los &Angeles are 23-8 in their last 31 interleague games. Houston are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Los Angeles and under is 6-3-1 in the last 10 meetings.

I don’t think Darvish is the guy you want starting game seven in the World Series and McCullers isn’t ideal either. My gut says the Astros chances of winning were in game six and Los Angeles again gets the job done and celebrates Wednesday…

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Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:12:18 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=99146
<![CDATA[Houston Astros at Los Angeles Dodgers - 11/1/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/11/01/houston-astros-at-los-angeles-dodgers-11/1/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Wednesday in game seven of the World Series at Dodger Stadium.  

The Houston Astros are one win away from winning their first world series title in franchise history. The Astros offense just couldn’t get anything going in their game six loss, scoring just one run on six hits. The Astros, who are the best offensive team in baseball all season, have scored one or less runs in four of their last six road games. Obviously those numbers have to change in order to lift the trophy tomorrow night. Overall, Jose Altuve leads the…

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The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Wednesday in game seven of the World Series at Dodger Stadium.  

The Houston Astros are one win away from winning their first world series title in franchise history. The Astros offense just couldn’t get anything going in their game six loss, scoring just one run on six hits. The Astros, who are the best offensive team in baseball all season, have scored one or less runs in four of their last six road games. Obviously those numbers have to change in order to lift the trophy tomorrow night. Overall, Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 22 hits and 13 RBI while Yuli Gurriel and Carlos Correa have combined for 41 hits and 22 RBI. The Houston Astros have lost six of their eight road postseason games. Lance McCullers Jr. gets the ball, and he was 7-4 with a 4.25 ERA and 132 strikeouts this season. McCullers is 1-0 with a 2.92 ERA and 23 strikeouts in his postseason career.   

The Los Angeles Dodgers are one win away from winning their first world series title since the 1988 season. The Dodgers got back to their great pitching ways, and they’ve now allowed three or less runs in nine of their last 12 games. While the Dodgers offense is more than capable of leading the way, LA sets the tone from the mound, and this team is almost impossible to beat when the pitching staff shows up. Offensively, Yasiel Puig leads the Dodgers with 16 hits and 10 RBI while Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger have combined for 29 hits and 23 RBI. The Los Angeles Dodgers have won six of their seven home postseason games. Yu Darvish gets the ball, and he was 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA and 209 strikeouts this season. Darvish is 2-3 with a 4.74 ERA and 25 strikeouts in his postseason career.

The Astros are 34-14 in their last 48 Wednesday games, 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 24-8 in their last 32 interleague road games. The Dodgers are 2-6 in their last 8 Wednesday games, 52-19 in their last 71 home games and 5-1 in their last 6 playoff home games. The Astros are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Los Angeles and the under is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings.

It seems like few are giving the Astros a chance in this spot, but the Astros just crushed Darvish hard in game three, and he's been far worse at home this season. Darvish had an ERA of 2.44 along with a .207 allowed batting average on the road, but his ERA was 5.25 with an allowed batting average of .248 at home this season. McCullers has allowed just four runs in his last 15.1 innings and has done a good job of keeping the ball on the ground throughout the playoffs. McCullers is a gamer who has an edge to him, and that not only helps him in this spot, but it's going to help with the nerves of these young Astros. He's a follow my lead type of guy, allowing his teammates to feel a little more comfortable. The Astros also have Charlie Morton and Dallas Keuchel for this game, while Kenley Jansen has pitched a ton in the last two games. If this is a "bullpen" game, I give the edge to Houston for once. I like the value of the Astros and the plus money here.

See you guys next season!

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Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:07:13 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=99143
<![CDATA[Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Houston Astros - 11/1/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/11/01/los-angeles-dodgers-vs-houston-astros-11/1/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments It’s winner-take-all as the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers face off in game seven of the World Series from Dodger Stadium on Wednesday.

The Houston Astros will look to bounce back and win their first World Series in franchise history after failing to get the job done in game six, falling by a final score of 3-1. George Springer went 2 for 3 with a solo home run that ended up being the lone RBI the Astros would plate in the loss. Marwin Gonzalez added a double while game five hero Alex Bregman, Yuli Gurriel and Brian McCann all added base hits of their own in the losing effort.…

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It’s winner-take-all as the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers face off in game seven of the World Series from Dodger Stadium on Wednesday.

The Houston Astros will look to bounce back and win their first World Series in franchise history after failing to get the job done in game six, falling by a final score of 3-1. George Springer went 2 for 3 with a solo home run that ended up being the lone RBI the Astros would plate in the loss. Marwin Gonzalez added a double while game five hero Alex Bregman, Yuli Gurriel and Brian McCann all added base hits of their own in the losing effort. Justin Verlander suffered his first loss of the postseason and his first loss as an Astro after giving up two runs on three hits while striking out nine over six innings of work. Lance McCullers Jr. will start game seven after getting the win in game three, giving up three runs on four hits while walking four and striking out three over 5.1 innings of work. In his career, McCullers Jr. is 1-0 with a 2.92 ERA and 11 strikeouts against the Dodgers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to complete the comeback after winning game six on Tuesday. Chris Taylor opened the scoring with an RBI double, while Corey Seager plated the eventual game-winning RBI with a sac fly and Joc Pederson added an insurance run via a solo home run in the bottom of the 7th. Yasiel Puig, Charlie Culberson and Austin Barnes all added base hits of their own in the winning effort for L.A. Rich Hill went 4.2 innings, giving up one run on four hits while striking out five, not factoring in the decision. Tony Watson notched his 2nd win of the postseason, while Kenley Jansen threw 2 perfect innings in the 8th and 9th, striking out three for his 2nd save. Yu Darvish will start game seven after taking the loss in game three, giving up four runs on six hits after just 1.2 innings of work. In his career, Darvish is 5-6 with a 3.77 ERA and 118 strikeouts against Houston.

Houston is 1-5 in their last 6 road games and 24-10 in their last 34 games overall while the under is 7-3-1 in their last 11 interleague games against a team with a winning record. Los Angeles is 6-1 in their last 7 playoff home games and 53-19 in their last 72 home games while the under is 5-2-1 in their last 8 interleague home games against a team with a winning record. Houston is 2-8 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams in Los Angeles.

I got game six wrong but like I said, I’m not overly sad about it as a game seven for the championship is the most exciting situation in all of sports. With that said, I think all hands are going to be on deck for this game, and although the Astros have had the more consistent offensive output, the Dodgers showed that they can bring it to a halt when they have to. I like the Dodgers’ depth just a little bit more than Houston’s, so I’ll take the Dodgers at home to win their first World Series since 1988. 

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Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:01:27 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=99140
<![CDATA[Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Houston Astros World Series Game 6 - 10/31/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/10/31/los-angeles-dodgers-vs-houston-astros-world-series-game-6-10/31/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments On Tuesday evening from Dodger Stadium, the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers will be meeting up for Game 6 of the World Series. 

This has been a great series so far; the Dodgers and Astros entered Sunday’s Game 5 with two games apiece. In that Sunday matchup, we had yet another wild game that stretched into the wee hours. When the dust settled, the Astros secured a 13-12 walk-off victory to take the lead in the series 3-2. Each team accounted for 14 hits apiece in that one. 

For the Tuesday Game 6, the Astros will be bringing out RHP…

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On Tuesday evening from Dodger Stadium, the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers will be meeting up for Game 6 of the World Series. 

This has been a great series so far; the Dodgers and Astros entered Sunday’s Game 5 with two games apiece. In that Sunday matchup, we had yet another wild game that stretched into the wee hours. When the dust settled, the Astros secured a 13-12 walk-off victory to take the lead in the series 3-2. Each team accounted for 14 hits apiece in that one. 

For the Tuesday Game 6, the Astros will be bringing out RHP Justin Verlander. In his 206.0 innings and 15-8 record this year, Verlander put up a 3.36 ERA with 219 Ks. 

Houston has some great bats in their lineup. Coming into Game 5, Jose Altuve led the way on 19 hits, 11 runs, six homers and nine RBI in the postseason and Yuli Gurriel had 18 hits, four runs, a homer and five RBI. Both Altuve and Gurriel went yard on Sunday, combiningg for five hits, seven RBI and four runs. 

Over on the Dodgers’ side, they’re rolling with LHP Rich Hill again in Game 6. In his 135.2 innings and 12-8 record this year, Hill managed a 3.32 ERA with 166 Ks. 

LA has some reliable hitters this year as well. Coming out of the week, Yasiel Puig had 14 playoff hits with seven runs, two homers and eight RBI. Justin Turner was great also with 14 hits, six runs, four homers and 14 RBI. On Sunday, Puig logged a homer with a pair of RBI, and Turner had one hit with two runs. 

The Astros are 1-4 in their last five road games and 1-4 in their last five playoff road games. Houston is also 4-0 in Verlander’s last four road starts and 9-0 in Verlander’s last nine starts. 

Meanwhile, the Dodgers are 5-1 in their last six playoff home games and 21-6 in their last 27 games following an off day. LA is also 38-16 in their last 54 Tuesday games and 52-19 in their last 71 home games. 

Verlander has been pretty solid in this postseason. He’s bagged wins in all his playoff starts except for Game 2 of the World Series, where he posted a no-decision on 6.0 innings, two hits and three earned. As for Hill, he’s got no-decisions in his three playoff starts, logging nine hits and four earned in 13.0 innings total. This series has been pretty epic so far, and Game 6 will e no different. All things considered, however, I like Verlander to come out strong here and help get the Astros a World Series championship.

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Mon, 30 Oct 2017 09:39:09 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=98921
<![CDATA[Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Houston Astros - 10/31/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/10/31/los-angeles-dodgers-vs-houston-astros-10/31/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Tuesday in game six of the World Series at Dodger Stadium. 

The Houston Astros can win the world series for the first time in franchise history with a victory here. The Astros simply refused to die in game five, as they overcame deficit after deficit, got to Clayton Kershaw and showed why they’re the best offensive team in baseball with 13 runs and 14 hits. The Astros are now 26-4 in their last 30 games when scoring more than three runs. Overall, Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 22 hits and 13 RBI while Yuli Gurriel…

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The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Tuesday in game six of the World Series at Dodger Stadium. 

The Houston Astros can win the world series for the first time in franchise history with a victory here. The Astros simply refused to die in game five, as they overcame deficit after deficit, got to Clayton Kershaw and showed why they’re the best offensive team in baseball with 13 runs and 14 hits. The Astros are now 26-4 in their last 30 games when scoring more than three runs. Overall, Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 22 hits and 13 RBI while Yuli Gurriel and Carlos Correa have combined for 40 hits and 22 RBI. The Houston Astros are just 2-5 on the road this postseason. Justin Verlander gets the ball, and he was 15-8 with a 3.36 ERA and 219 strikeouts this season. Verlander is 11-5 with a 3.07 ERA and 141 strikeouts in his postseason career.  

The Los Angeles Dodgers need a victory here in order to force a game seven on Wednesday. The Dodgers just couldn’t limit the damage, as they played six pitchers and four of them gave up at least one run. The Dodgers have now given up five or more runs in three of their last four games and more than three runs in five of their 13 postseason games overall. While the pitching staff has led the Dodgers this postseason, this rotation better be sharper if they hope to save their season. Offensively, Justin Turner leads the Dodgers with 15 hits and 14 RBI while Yasiel Puig and Cody Bellinger have combined for 29 hits and 19 RBI. The Los Angeles Dodgers are 5-1 at home this postseason. Rich Hill gets the ball, and he was 12-8 with a 3.32 ERA and 166 strikeouts this season. Hill is 1-2 with a 3.72 ERA and 41 strikeouts in his postseason career.   

The Astros are 1-4 in their last 5 road games, 4-0 in Verlanders last 4 road starts and 9-0 in Verlanders last 9 starts. The Dodgers are 52-19 in their last 71 home games, 38-16 in their last 54 Tuesday games and 21-6 in their last 27 games following an off day. The Astros are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Los Angeles, 6-2 in the last 8 meetings and the under is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings.

It’s no secret the Astros haven’t been the same team on the road as they are at home, but Verlander has yet to lose a game since coming over from Detroit. His career postseason numbers are ridiculous, and that includes an ERA of 2.05 with 29 strikeouts in 30.2 innings during these playoffs. Hill has been sharp in his own right, but he’s pitched just 13 innings since September 27 and did have control issues at times in his last game against the Astros. I’m not sure he’s the guy you want on the mound to save your season. Verlander has given you no reason to bet against him since joining the Astros.

I like the Houston Astros to win the 2017 world series. And if this is in fact the end of the baseball season, see you guys in a few months!

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Mon, 30 Oct 2017 02:34:42 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=98918
<![CDATA[Houston Astros at Los Angeles Dodgers - 10/31/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/10/31/houston-astros-at-los-angeles-dodgers-10/31/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Houston Astros face off against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game six of the World Series from Dodger Stadium on Tuesday.

The Houston Astros will look to win their first World Series in franchise history after going up 3-2 in the series thanks to a wild 13-12 extra innings win in game five on Sunday. Jose Altuve went 3 for 5 with a home run, a double and four RBIs. Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel each contributed a homer, a double and three RBIs, while George Springer and Brian McCann each hit solo shots and Alex Bregman added the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning.…

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The Houston Astros face off against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game six of the World Series from Dodger Stadium on Tuesday.

The Houston Astros will look to win their first World Series in franchise history after going up 3-2 in the series thanks to a wild 13-12 extra innings win in game five on Sunday. Jose Altuve went 3 for 5 with a home run, a double and four RBIs. Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel each contributed a homer, a double and three RBIs, while George Springer and Brian McCann each hit solo shots and Alex Bregman added the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning. Evan Gattis added a base hit of his own in the winning effort for the ‘Stros. Dallas Keuchel was chased after giving up four runs, three earned on five hits while walking a pair and striking out four over just 3.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Chris Devenski received the blown save while Joe Musgrove got his first win of the postseason. Justin Verlander will start game six after receiving a no-decision in game two after giving up three runs on two hits while striking out five over six innings of work. In his career, Verlander is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA and 13 strikeouts against the Dodgers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to rebound at home and force a game seven after falling in heartbreaking fashion on Sunday. Cody Bellinger went 2 for 5 with a homer, a triple and four RBIs, while Yasiel Puig added a two run homer of his own. Logan Forsythe went 2 for 6 with a double, while Corey Seager and Austin Barnes each chipped in a double and an RBI. Chris Taylor added an RBI of his own, while Joc Pederson added a two-bagger and Enrique Hernandez, Charlie Culberson and Andre Ethier all added base hits of their own in the loss. Clayton Kershaw went 4.2 innings, giving up six runs on four hits while walking three and striking out a pair, not factoring in the decision. Kenley Jansen took the loss, falling for the first time this postseason. Rich Hill will start game six after also receiving a no-decision in his last start, giving up just one run on three hits while striking out seven over four innings of work. In his career, Hill is 3-1 with a 2.68 ERA and 41 strikeouts against Houston.

Houston is 9-0 in Verlander’s last 9 starts and 23-9 in their last 32 games overall while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games overall. Los Angeles is 5-1 in their last 6 playoff home games and 22-7 in their last 29 interleague games while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games against a right-handed starter. Houston is 2-7 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams in Los Angeles.

I know it’s hard to go to Dodger Stadium and win on the road, especially when your first World Series title in franchise history hangs in the balance. But the Astros have all of the momentum after winning game five, and now get their ideal scenario, sending Verlander to the bump who has been almost lights out since joining the Astros. Not to mention, a little known fact that Verlander owns a career 31-5 record in interleague play. That’s downright nuts. I’ll back the Astros here but this is one of the few times where I won’t be too upset if I’m wrong, because we will get game seven. However my lean goes towards the Astros to take the championship on Tuesday.

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Mon, 30 Oct 2017 02:01:27 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=98924
<![CDATA[Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 10/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/10/29/houston-astros-vs-los-angeles-dodgers-10/29/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The World Series is now a best-of-3 as the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros face off in game five with the series knotted up at two wins apiece.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to take a series lead and win the championship at home after evening the set up 2-2 following their 6-2 victory over the Astros on Saturday. Joc Pederson led the charge, going 1 for 4 with a three run homer, while Cody Bellinger went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI. Logan Forsythe and Austin Barnes each contributed an RBI of their own, while Chris Taylor, Corey Seager and Enrique Hernandez…

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The World Series is now a best-of-3 as the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros face off in game five with the series knotted up at two wins apiece.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to take a series lead and win the championship at home after evening the set up 2-2 following their 6-2 victory over the Astros on Saturday. Joc Pederson led the charge, going 1 for 4 with a three run homer, while Cody Bellinger went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI. Logan Forsythe and Austin Barnes each contributed an RBI of their own, while Chris Taylor, Corey Seager and Enrique Hernandez each logged base hits in the win. Alex Wood carried a no-hitter into the 6th, but lost it thanks to a solo home run given up to George Springer. Wood gave up just the one run on one hits while walking a pair and striking out three over 5.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Tony Watson closed out the 8th for his first win of the postseason. Clayton Kershaw will start game five after notching the victory in game one of the World Series, giving up one run on three hits while striking out eleven over seven innings of work, to improve to 3-0 in the 2017 playoffs. In his career, Kershaw is 3-2 with a 2.38 ERA and 53 strikeouts against Houston.

The Houston Astros will look to bounce back from their first home loss of the 2017 playoffs after their defeat in game four on Saturday. The lone pair of base hits for the ‘Stros accounted for both Houston runs, as George Springer and Alex Bregman each hit a solo homer as the Astros mustered up just two hits as a team in the losing effort. Charlie Morton went 6.1 innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out seven, not factoring in the decision. Will Harris notched his first blown save of the postseason, while Ken Giles gave up the three run home run that ended up being the game-winner, taking the loss to fall to 0-1 in the playoffs. Dallas Keuchel will start game five after taking the loss in game one, giving up three runs on six hits while striking out three over 6.2 innings of work. In his career, Keuchel is 0-1 with a 4.05 ERA and 3 strikeouts against the Dodgers.

Los Angeles is 43-8 in Kershaw’s last 51 starts and 14-3 in their last 17 road games against a left-handed starter while the under is 7-1-2 in their last 10 road games. Houston is 20-9 in Keuchel’s last 29 starts and 23-9 in their last 32 games overall while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 playoff home games. Los Angeles is 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Houston.

Keuchel at home with plus money is always tempting and should rarely be turned down. However, the Dodgers proved that Houston is mortal after all at home, and Kershaw has been outstanding in the playoffs so far, going 3-0 with a 2.96 ERA in 4 starts. Keuchel is a great pitcher, but he’s given up seven earned in his last two playoff starts and the Dodgers have all the momentum right now, so I’ll lay the juice with the Dodgers to take a lead back to Chavez Ravine on Tuesday. 

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Sun, 29 Oct 2017 01:26:14 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=98765
<![CDATA[Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers World Series Game 5 - 10/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/10/29/houston-astros-vs-los-angeles-dodgers-world-series-game-5-10/29/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments On Sunday evening down at Minute Maid Park, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros will be meeting up for World Series Game 5. 

The Dodgers secured a 3-1 win in the opener, but Houston managed to retake the series lead with wins in Game 2 (7-6) and Game 3 (5-3). In Saturday’s Game 4, things were tight until the top of the ninth when the Dodgers broke through for five runs and came up with a 6-2 victory. Houston was only able to muster a couple of solo home runs as their two hits. 

For Game 5 on Sunday, the Dodgers will be going with LHP…

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On Sunday evening down at Minute Maid Park, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros will be meeting up for World Series Game 5. 

The Dodgers secured a 3-1 win in the opener, but Houston managed to retake the series lead with wins in Game 2 (7-6) and Game 3 (5-3). In Saturday’s Game 4, things were tight until the top of the ninth when the Dodgers broke through for five runs and came up with a 6-2 victory. Houston was only able to muster a couple of solo home runs as their two hits. 

For Game 5 on Sunday, the Dodgers will be going with LHP Clayton Kershaw again. In his 175.0 innings and 18-4 record this season, Kershaw put up a 2.31 ERA with 202 Ks. 

Los Angeles has some big hitters at their disposal. Coming into Saturday, Yasiel Puig brought 14 hits, seven runs, two homers and eight RBI in the postseason, while Justin Turner had 14 hits, six runs, four homers and 14 RBI. Turner went 0-for-3 on Saturday, and Puig went 0-for-4. 

Over on the Astros’ side, they’re going with LHP Dallas Keuchel on Sunday. Across his 145.2 innings and 14-5 record this season, Keuchel logged a 2.90 ERA with 125 Ks. 

Houston has some big bats as well. Jose Altuve led the way coming into Saturday with 19 postseason hits, 11 runs, six homers and nine RBI. Yuli Gurriel had 18 hits, four runs, a homer and five RBI in that time. Gurriel and Altuve combined to go 0-for-7 on Saturday. 

The Dodgers are 4-0 in their last four inter-league games versus a left-handed starter and 14-3 in their last 17 road games versus a left-handed starter. LA is also 38-13 in their last 51 games versus a left-handed starter and 6-2 in their last eight road games. 

Meanwhile, the Astros are 36-15 in Keuchel’s last 51 home starts and 20-9 in Keuchel’s last 29 starts. Houston is also 5-2 in Keuchel’s last seven starts versus the NL West and 12-4 in Keuchel’s last 16 starts with four days’ rest. 

Kershaw was great in the Game 1 win, and he only needed 83 pitches to register 11 strikeouts. In four playoff starts, Kershaw is 3-0 with a 2.96 ERA. As for Keuchel, he gave up six hits and three runs (with two homers) in 6.2 innings in Game 1. Keuchel has a 2-2 record with a 3.00 ERA in four postseason appearances this year. The Astros are always dangerous at home, but I can’t pick against Kershaw here. I’ll take LA.

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Sun, 29 Oct 2017 00:22:05 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=98738
<![CDATA[Los Angeles Dodgers at Houston Astros - 10/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/10/29/los-angeles-dodgers-at-houston-astros-10/29/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros meet Sunday in game five of the World Series at Minute Maid Park. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers hope to return to LA with a 3-2 series lead and a chance to close things out on Tuesday. The Dodgers offense finally woke up in their game four victory, producing six runs in the final three innings, and they can only hope that confidence carries over the rest of the series. The Dodgers have had a hard time finding a rhythm offensively as of late, but really flexed their muscle Saturday against Houston’s bullpen. Overall, Justin Turner…

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros meet Sunday in game five of the World Series at Minute Maid Park. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers hope to return to LA with a 3-2 series lead and a chance to close things out on Tuesday. The Dodgers offense finally woke up in their game four victory, producing six runs in the final three innings, and they can only hope that confidence carries over the rest of the series. The Dodgers have had a hard time finding a rhythm offensively as of late, but really flexed their muscle Saturday against Houston’s bullpen. Overall, Justin Turner leads the Dodgers with 14 hits and 14 RBI while Yasiel Puig and Cody Bellinger have combined for 26 hits and 13 RBI. The Los Angeles Dodgers are 4-2 in road postseason games. Clayton Kershaw gets the ball, and he was 18-4 with a 2.31 ERA and 202 strikeouts this season. Kershaw is 7-7 with a 4.21 ERA and 133 strikeouts in his postseason career.  

The Houston Astros also hope for a 3-2 series lead before taking a trip to the West Coast for game six. The Astros just couldn’t get going offensively and have now been held under four runs in seven of their 15 postseason games. While you could blame the bullpen and poor management for the game four loss, the Astros butter their bread with their offense, and it just didn’t show up in Saturday’s effort. Overall, Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 19 hits and nine RBI while Yuli Gurriel and Carlos Correa have combined for 35 hits and 16 RBI. The Houston Astros are now 7-1 at home this postseason. Dallas Keuchel gets the ball, and he was 14-5 with a 2.90 ERA and 125 strikeouts this season. Keuchel is 4-2 with a 2.84 ERA and 42 strikeouts in his postseason career.

The Dodgers are 9-3 in their last 12 playoff games, 78-36 in their last 114 overall and 7-13 in their last 20 vs. American League West. The Astros are 21-8 in their last 29 home games, 36-15 in Keuchels last 51 home starts and 20-9 in Keuchels last 29 starts. The Dodgers are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Houston, 2-5 in the last 7 meetings and the under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings.

I have a hard time betting against the Astros at home, as they hit the ball extremely well there and have been nearly unbeatable for the most part. However, the Dodgers have lost just twice since June with Kershaw on the hill, and he's allowed just six hits and two runs in his last 13 innings. Keuchel has been lights out at home overall this season, but he has allowed seven runs in his last 11.1 innings and didn't exactly miss many bats last time he faced the Dodgers. I have a short list of pitchers I don't fade in nearly any spot, and Kershaw is one of them. Give me the Dodgers.

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<![CDATA[Los Angeles Dodgers at Houston Astros - 10/28/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/10/28/los-angeles-dodgers-at-houston-astros-10/28/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros take the field for game four of the World Series in Saturday night MLB. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers trail the World Series 2-1 following a 5-3 defeat to the Houston Astros on Friday night.  The Los Angeles offense didn’t light up the scoreboard but it was the pitching that struggled the most with starter Yu Darvish allowing four runs on six hits and a base on balls over 1.2 innings while five relievers saw action overall.

The Dodgers offense consisted of four hits and five walks with Yasiel Puig recording an RBI while Corey Seager, Justin…

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros take the field for game four of the World Series in Saturday night MLB. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers trail the World Series 2-1 following a 5-3 defeat to the Houston Astros on Friday night.  The Los Angeles offense didn’t light up the scoreboard but it was the pitching that struggled the most with starter Yu Darvish allowing four runs on six hits and a base on balls over 1.2 innings while five relievers saw action overall.

The Dodgers offense consisted of four hits and five walks with Yasiel Puig recording an RBI while Corey Seager, Justin Turner and Joc Pederson scored. The Los Angeles Dodgers are sending left hander Alex Wood to the bump for game four of the World Series at  Houston. Wood dropped a 3-2 decision to the Chicago Cubs in his lone postseason appearance with all three runs allowed on three solo homers over 4.2 frames.

The Houston Astros came through at the plate and on the mound in game three and the result was a complete 5-3 win with an opportunity to take a huge 3-1 series lead on Saturday. Houston starter Lance McCullers Jr. gave up all three runs on four hits and four bases on balls through 5.1 innings pitched with Brad Peacock tossing the final 3.2 frames and issuing just a walk. The Astros pounded out 12 hits and walked four times with Yuli Gurriel going 2-5 with a solo homer while Brian McCann went 3-4 with an RBI.

Marwin Gonzalez drove in a run and scored and Josh Reddick went 2-4 with a pair of runs as every starter reached the box score. The Houston Astros have named right hander  Charlie Morton  as the starter  in game four of the World Series versus the Dodgers. Morton shut down the NY Yankees in the ALCS 4-0 with two hits and a base on balls given up over five innings of work.

Under is 6-1-2 in Los Angeles last 9 road games and Los Angeles are 8-3 in their last 11 playoff games and Los Angeles are 21-7 in their last 28 interleague games. Houston are 21-7 in their last 28 home games and Houston are 23-8 in their last 31 overall and Houston are 23-8 in their last 31 games on grass. 

These teams have been entertaining through three games and I don’t see that changing. I can see either team winning game four but there is something about Houston at Minute Maid Park that is hard to go against... 

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