Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves Betting Preview

Friday, October 16, 2020, Globe Life Park, Arlington, Texas, 9:08 p.m. ET

Dodgers at Braves Betting Preview: Dodgers (TBA), Braves (TBA)

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers are in a deep hole as they try to avoid another postseason with a disappointing ending. The epic Game 3 performance didn’t have a carryover effect 24 hours later, and Los Angeles is facing elimination in either the National League Championship Series (twice) or World Series (twice) for the fourth time in the past five seasons.

Because of their recent postseason history, there is a lot of pressure on the Dodgers as they enter at least one — if not two or three — must-win contests.

Prized offseason acquisition Mookie Betts (2-for-14, .143) is struggling in the series and reigning NL MVP Cody Bellinger (3-for-16, .188) also is in a funk, with two of his hits (and his one homer) coming in the Wednesday blowout.

Los Angeles could use both of their bats to come alive to help out red-hot Corey Seager (6-for-16, .375, with two homers and seven RBIs) and reliable veteran Justin Turner (5-for-16, .313). Edwin Rios drove in both runs in Game 4 on a homer and a sacrifice fly, and he has two long balls in just eight at-bats in the series.

Right-hander Dustin May, who will start Game 5, has a 1.13 career postseason ERA in five appearances (one start) over the past two seasons. May has pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings in three appearances this postseason — including 1 2/3 innings against Atlanta in Game 1 — yielding one hit and two walks while fanning six.

Atlanta Braves

The Braves are one victory away from reaching the World Series for the first time since 1999 and have a high level of confidence after a 10-2 win Thursday.

The NLCS looked as if it could go either way after Atlanta was routed 15-3 in Game 3, but the Braves bounced back with a ferocious 14-hit effort that included Marcell Ozuna going 4-for-5 with two homers and four RBIs. The assault gives Atlanta three chances to notch one victory.

NL MVP candidate Freddie Freeman is batting .429 (6-for-14) with two homers and six RBIs in the NLCS after having two hits and driving in two runs Thursday.

Leadoff hitter Ronald Acuna Jr. had two hits and scored twice as the top three hitters — Acuna, Freeman and Ozuna — were a combined 8-for-14 with six runs and six RBIs. Ozzie Albies, who also had two hits in Game 4, has been superb in the series, going 8-for-17 (.471) with two homers and four RBIs.

Braves manager Brian Snitker declined to disclose his Game 5 starter, so it appears it will be one of those games where several hurlers see time on the mound. Snitker insisted that ace left-hander Max Fried wouldn’t be the starter, so it appears he is saving the NL Cy Young Award candidate for a possible Game 6.

NLCS Betting Pick for Game 5: Dodgers at Braves

Atlanta looks to be on the verge of closing out the series, but there is no telling what can happen in a bullpen game. All it takes is one Braves reliever to have a subpar outing and the game can get away.

There is certainly opportunity for Los Angeles to post a victory in Game 5, particularly if either Betts or Bellinger can find his stroke. The Dodgers have been in this position before, and they aren’t a team that will go down without a fight.

Dodgers at Braves Betting Pick:

Dodgers 7, Braves 5

NLCS Best Bet for Game 5: Dodgers at Braves

The winning team has scored in double digits in each of the past two games and there have been at least 12 runs scored in each of the past three games. Look for another high-scoring contest in Game 5.

Dodgers at Braves Best Bet: OVER (run total and odds TBA)

–Field Level Media

Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays Betting Preview

Friday, October 16, 2020, Petco Park, San Diego, California, 6:07 p.m. ET

Astros vs. Rays Betting Preview: Astros (+115), Rays (-128)

Houston Astros

The Houston Astros shoot for a three-game winning streak, all in potential season-ending contests, when they face the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Friday. The Astros have been streaky this postseason, winning four straight, then losing four of five before winning the past two.

The Astros have out-homered the Rays 8-7 so far in the series, with three of Houston’s homers coming in the first inning of the past three games. Jose Altuve had two of the first-inning blasts before George Springer hit the first pitch of the bottom of the first for a homer Thursday in Houston’s 4-3. Springer now has 19 career postseason homers, one more than Altuve.

Left-hander Framber Valdez is Houston’s scheduled Game 6 starter. He was the losing pitcher in Game 1 on Sunday, allowing two runs in six innings. He had no previous postseason experience before beating the Minnesota Twins and the Oakland A’s in his first two starts this fall, helping the Astros earn a spot in the ALCS.

Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay will look to end a rare two-game losing streak on Friday. En route to the best record in the AL during the regular season (40-20), the Rays had just a pair of losing streaks. Unfortunately for them, they went on to lose a third straight on both occasions, and in fact dropped five in a row bridging July and August.

The Rays have been out-hit 41-32 in the series, with just six of those hits coming with runners in scoring position. They’ve gone just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position in the past two games, making them 6-for-31 (.194) over the five games. Fortunately for them, the Astros have been equally as bad, also going 6-for-31.

Lefty Blake Snell earned the win in Tampa Bay’s 2-1 victory in Game 1, allowing a first-inning run but no more in his five-inning outing. He also had a loss and a save against the Astros in last year’s playoffs, and he is 2-2 with a 4.73 ERA against Houston in six career regular-season meetings.

ALCS Betting Pick for Game 6: Astros vs. Rays

A rematch of pitchers from just five days ago favors the hitters, which in turn favors the Astros, who have the deeper collection of quality batters. Both Snell and Valdez pitched into and out of trouble in their Game 1 starts, where a couple of key hits here and there could have made the final score a lot higher than the 2-1 finish.

The Astros own all the momentum at this point. The pressure is on Tampa Bay, which all of a sudden is staring at earning an unwanted chapter in baseball history if they were to blow a 3-0 series lead. Everything points to this thing going to a Game 7.

Astros vs. Rays Betting Pick:

Astros 6, Rays 4

ALCS Best Bet for Game 6: Astros vs. Rays

One of the reasons Game 1 was so low-scoring was that both teams entered the series with a rested bullpen, which resulted in no runs being scored after the starters left the game relatively early. That won’t be the case in Game 6, with both clubs having exhausted their bullpens in Game 5.

It’s possible either team will score more than the 7 1/2 runs being offered in the over/under. Put the teams together and this could be real easy, especially when you consider that this game will start an hour later than Game 5, which means the shadows will cease being an issue sooner.

Astros vs. Rays Best Bet: OVER 7 1/2 total runs (-120)

–Field Level Media

Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves Betting Preview

Thursday, October15, 2020, Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas, 8:08 p.m. p.m. ET

Dodgers at Braves Betting Preview: Dodgers (-220), Braves (+188)

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers are back in the National League Championship Series, and they did it in a big way with a record 11 first-inning runs. Most important, they looked like themselves for one of the few times in the playoffs so far, hitting five home runs in Game 3.

The Dodgers now turn to Clayton Kershaw in Game 4 after the veteran left-hander was a scratch in Game 2 because of back spasms. A final decision on his status will be made when team doctors see how he feels in the morning. Los Angeles got away with using just four relievers in the Game 3 blowout, all for one inning each, so the bullpen has plenty to back up Kershaw on Thursday.

The ninth-inning offensive outburst from Game 2 carried over into the first inning of Game 3, but the Dodgers were largely stagnant remainder of that contest. The issue now is to keep the bats rolling in Game 4.

Atlanta Braves

It was unlikely the Braves were going to sweep their way through the NLCS after they swept their wild-card series against the Cincinnati Reds and their NL Division Series against the Miami Marlins. So for all the noise the Dodgers made early Wednesday, the reality is that it was just one loss and they still have a 2-1 series lead.

Rookie right-hander Kyle Wright was no match for the Dodgers in Game 3, and now Atlanta will send rookie right-hander Bryse Wilson to the mound. Wilson was 1-0 with a 4.02 ERA in six appearances (two starts) in the regular season. He appeared in nine games (five starts) over the previous two seasons but has never faced the Dodgers. The outing will be his playoff debut.

Game 3 was one to forget for the Braves, but they did get four shutout innings from right-hander Huascar Ynoa to help preserve the bullpen after Wright went just two-thirds of an inning. Atlanta hopes its two-run ninth inning will have a carryover effect as the Dodgers experienced following their late Game 2 rally.

NLCS Betting Pick for Game 4: Dodgers at Braves

The Dodgers’ 1-2 punch of Mookie Betts and Corey Seager combined for four hits and five runs in Game 3, and if the two are in sync, Los Angeles’ offense is, too. There is no telling what Kershaw will give. Would manager Dave Roberts be willing to let righty Dustin May pitch in Game 4 as well? May tossed 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings in Game 1.

The Braves will take what they can get from Wilson, with the bullpen ready to jump into the fray, but there will be no Ynoa to slow the tempo this time.

Dodgers at Braves Betting Pick:

Dodgers 7, Braves 5

NLCS Best Bet for Game 4: Dodgers at Braves

Kershaw went from 13 strikeouts in his wild-card outing against the Milwaukee Brewers to allowing two home runs in his NLDS start against the San Diego Padres. Now he has a back issue, and if it affects his command, he could be vulnerable to more home runs. The Dodgers looked as if a weight were lifted during their big first inning in Game 3, and more offense figures to be on the way.

Dodgers at Braves Best Bet: OVER 9.5 total runs (-102)

–Field Level Media

ALCS Betting Preview for Game 5: Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros

Friday, October 15, 2020, Petco Park, San Diego, California, 5:07 PM ET

Rays at Astros Betting Preview: Rays (-136), Astros (+114)

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays might have dropped a game in the American League Championship Series, but they did not relent, scoring in the ninth inning on a Willy Adames double off the wall to keep things interesting. Rookie Randy Arozarena’s impressive postseason continued with a fourth-inning home run, his second long ball of the series and fifth of the playoffs.

Center fielder Kevin Kiermaier did not play in Game 4 after he was hit on the left wrist by a 99 mph fastball one day earlier, but the Rays said he was available off the bench. Hs status for Game 5 was uncertain. Manuel Margot started in center instead and went 1-for-4, striking out three times. Brandon Lowe did not start in Game 3 and struck out as a pinch hitter, leaving him with one hit in his past 35 at-bats.

If the Rays are to advance Thursday, it likely would occur on a bullpen game, fitting since that is their forte.

Houston Astros

The Astros not only stayed alive with a 4-3 victory in Game 4, but Jose Altuve came to the rescue after his recent defensive struggles. Altuve hit a home run in the first inning and added an RBI double in the third. He also handled his two defensive chances without a throwing miscue.

No days off in the series means the games keep coming, and the Astros likely will have to get through another day while leaning on their bullpen for nine innings. Cristian Javier backed starter Zack Greinke in Game 4 with two-plus innings, but that means he would be extremely limited, at best, in a bullpen game Thursday.

George Springer continues to show that the playoffs are his happy place with a two-run home run that broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning. Springer has three home runs and seven RBIs this postseason, giving him 18 homers and 35 RBIs in 60 career playoff games.

ALCS Betting Pick for Game 5: Rays at Astros

The Rays kept coming at the Astros in Game 4 even in defeat, and they don’t look as if they will back off anytime soon. Of the two pitching staffs, the Astros appeared to be stretched thin more than the Rays did.

In the 38 previous times a team fell behind 3-0 in a best-of-seven series, only three clubs forced a Game 6. History is on the Rays’ side.

Rays at Astros Betting Pick:

Rays 4, Astros 2

ALCS Best Bet for Game 5: Rays at Astros

Offense has been hard to come by all series, and with a 2:07 p.m. local start at San Diego for Game 5, shadows and poor lighting only figure to make things even more difficult. Tampa Bay should advance in a low-scoring game.

Rays at Astros Best Bet: UNDER 9.5 Runs (-122)

–Field Level Media

Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Preview

Tuesday, October13, 2020, Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas, 6:05 p.m. ET

Braves at Dodgers Betting Preview: Braves (+140), Dodgers (-162)

Atlanta Braves

The buzz being generated by Game 2 starter Ian Anderson is growing louder by the day as the 22-year-old right-hander has yet to give up a run in two postseason starts. That has come after he posted a 1.95 ERA this year over the first six starts of his career. Anderson has 17 strikeouts and three walks in 11 2/3 postseason innings, with the Cincinnati Reds and Miami Marlins managing a total of five hits.

Freddie Freeman hit a home run in his first ever National League Championship Series at-bat in Game 1, and Austin Riley and Ozzie Albies went deep in the decisive ninth inning. The Braves got three hitless innings from their bullpen in the opener.

Left fielder Adam Duvall injured his left side on a swing in the second inning Monday, and the ailment appeared to be serious, according to manager Brian Snitker. Rookie Cristian Pache, who has just eight games of experience counting the playoffs, took over for Duvall, playing center field with Ronald Acuna Jr. and Nick Markakis shifting positions.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodgers Game 2 starter Clayton Kershaw opened the season with another back issue, but he has done nothing but impress ever since. Armed with a slight uptick in fastball velocity at age 32, Kershaw was 6-2 with a 2.16 ERA in the regular season. After eight scoreless innings against the Milwaukee Brewers in the wild-card round, he gave up three runs on six hits over six innings against the San Diego Padres in Game 2 of the NL Division Series. The Padres hit two home runs, but Kershaw picked up the victory.

The Dodgers got a home run from Enrique Hernandez in Game 1, but have they just three homers in six playoff games to this point after leading baseball in long balls during the regular season.

Los Angeles had an NL-best 2.74 ERA from their bullpen during the 60-game season, but closer Kenley Jansen is struggling and relievers Blake Treinen and Jake McGee gave up a combined four runs in the ninth inning Monday.

NLCS Betting Pick for Game 2: Braves at Dodgers

The Braves looked unfazed in Game 1, taking their game right at the Dodgers, and now they must repeat the effort. The playoffs are relentless like that. Anderson has been impressive, but holding the top four in the Dodgers’ order to two hits in 15 at-bats, as occurred in Game 1, is a tough ask.

Kershaw is known for some major playoff meltdowns, and there is certainly no guarantee it won’t happen again, but he has shown all year that he is determined to turn back the clock.

Braves at Dodgers Betting Pick:

Dodgers 4, Braves 3

NLCS Game 2 Best Bet: Braves at Dodgers Best Bet for October 13, 2020

A pair of top-flight pitching staffs look ready to show what they can do. Although the Dodgers’ bullpen blinked first and was lit up in the ninth inning, there were just six total runs scored in Game 1.

Braves at Dodgers Best Bet: UNDER 8 total runs (-120)

–Field Level Media

Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros Betting Preview

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, Petco Park, San Diego, California, 8:40 p.m. ET

Rays at Astros Betting Preview: Rays (-110), Astros (-110)

Tampa Bay Rays

Even though the Rays are searching for more offense, they hold a 2-0 lead in the American League Championship Series. Tampa Bay has just six runs and 10 hits in the series, and five of the runs have come off homers, including all of them in a 4-2 victory Monday. Manuel Margot drilled a three-run homer and made a highlight-reel catch, and Mike Zunino slugged a monster solo shot.

Left-hander Ryan Yarbrough draws the start for Game 3, and he will be making his first career postseason start. The 28-year-old was stretched out in his lone outing of this postseason as he pitched five innings of relief against the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the AL Division Series and allowed two runs, six hits and one walk while striking out one. The deep Tampa Bay bullpen figures to be busy from the sixth inning on as manager Kevin Cash continues to show big-time confidence in the relief corps.

Different heroes keep emerging for the Rays, whether it be Margot (three postseason homers) or Randy Arozarena (four homers) or Michael Brosseau (homer to win the ALDS). Keeping with the revolving door, maybe it is time for Austin Meadows or Hunter Renfroe to the standout in Game 3.

Houston Astros

The Astros have scored just three runs and left 21 runners on base in the series, and that doesn’t fit the profile of a club that has regularly been one of the top offensive teams in the majors over the past six seasons. Manager Dusty Baker feels the club is experiencing tough luck as some hard-hit balls have struck right at defenders or gloved via outstanding plays. Bad breaks or not, Houston has to be better than 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position, its numbers through two games, if it wants to reach the World Series.

Houston right-hander Jose Urquidy will start Game 3 in his third start of the postseason, and one of the goals will be keeping the ball inside Petco Park. The 25-year-old was touched up for four solo homers in Game 3 of the ALDS by the Oakland Athletics as he gave up four runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings. Lance McCullers Jr. gave the Astros seven innings in Game 2, and that leaves Baker with a well-rested bullpen for Tuesday’s contest.

Jose Altuve is 3-for-9 with a homer in the series, but he committed two throwing errors Monday when fielding grounders in shallow right field, including a costly one prior to Margot’s three-run homer. It will be interesting to see how he responds in Game 3, particularly the first time he makes a throw from shallow right to first.

ALCS Game 3 Betting Pick: Rays at Astros

It’s basically a do-or-die game for Houston as falling behind 3-0 in the series would be devastating, especially with hard-throwing Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow lined up to start Game 4, with former Cy Young winner Blake Snell waiting for a possible Game 5.

Tampa Bay’s offense hasn’t been all that ferocious but hasn’t had to be due to the club’s strong defense and pitching. But it seems that the Rays eventually are going to drop a close game if the bats don’t pick up.

Rays at Astros Betting Pick:

Astros 3, Rays 2

ALCS Game 3 Best Bet: Rays at Astros

Runs have been hard to come by and it figures to be that way again in Game 3. Until the teams show they can get clutch hits, sticking with the under is the best play.

Rays at Astros Best Bet: UNDER 8.5 total runs (-102)

–Field Level Media

Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays Betting Preview

Monday, October 12, 2020, Petco Park, San Diego, California, 4:07 p.m. ET

Astros at Rays Betting Preview: Astros (+1.5/-164), Rays (-1.5/+138)

Houston Astros

The Astros dug themselves a hole in the American League Championship Series by dropping the opener 2-1 on Sunday, leaving 10 runners on base in the process. Jose Altuve’s first-inning homer represented the lone run for Houston and the blast was the third of the postseason for the second baseman, who experienced a disastrous regular season with a .219 average that was well below his established standard. Altuve has slugged 16 postseason homers, second in franchise history behind George Springer (17), who was 1-for-5 in Game 1.

Right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. gets the start and he was shaky in his first outing of the postseason as he served up three homers and allowed five runs (four earned) and eight hits in four innings against the Oakland Athletics in Game 1 of the AL Division Series. The 27-year-old is 1-0 with a 3.25 ERA in 12 postseason appearances (five starts) and has struck out 35 in 36 innings. McCullers, a native of Tampa, Fla., is 1-2 with a 3.79 ERA in three career regular-season starts against the Rays.

The Astros rely on their power but will need to be better in their situational hitting as they aim to even the series. Houston had four batters reach on two singles and two walks in a five-batter sequence in the fourth inning Sunday but didn’t score as Kyle Tucker lined into a double play as the third hitter in the inning.

Tampa Bay Rays

Randy Arozarena continued his unlikely role as postseason hero by smacking a fourth-inning solo homer in Game 1, his fourth blast of the postseason to trail only Melvin Upton Jr. (seven in 2008) and Evan Longoria (six in 2008) on the franchise list for most long balls in a single postseason. The 25-year-old Cuban had seven homers in 64 regular-season at-bats and then slugged three solo blasts as the Rays defeated the New York Yankees in five games in the ALDS. Light-hitting Mike Zunino (4-for-22 in the postseason) delivered the tiebreaking single in the fifth inning and the lead held up primarily because right-hander Diego Castillo entered and got an inning-ending double-play grounder in the eighth and followed up with a scoreless ninth.

Right-hander Charlie Morton will be making his second start of the postseason after he beat the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the ALDS, giving up gave two runs (one earned) and four hits over five innings. Morton, who turns 37 next month, stated this could be his final season with the Rays as the team is highly unlikely to pick up his $15 million option, though he is open to accepting a lower rate to remain with the club. Morton is 5-2 with a 3.50 ERA in 10 career postseason appearances (nine starts). One of the wins came against Houston in Game 3 of the 2019 ALDS when he allowed one run and three hits over five innings.

The Rays are used to playing in tight games and have won 60 straight — regular season and postseason — when leading after seven innings. Playing at Petco Park also fits the Tampa Bay style and the opener surely won’t be the only low-scoring game of this series.

ALCS Game 2 Betting Pick

Houston certainly wants to avoid falling behind 2-0 in the best-of-seven series so it will certainly need to have more than the one extra-base hit it had in Game 1. It also would help if McCullers can keep the ball in the park after his recent issues against Oakland.

The Rays were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position in the opener with the hit being Zunino’s decisive single. Tampa Bay will need a better showing in such situations if it wants to take Game 2.

Astros at Rays Betting Pick:

Astros 4, Rays 3

ALCS Game 2 Best Bet

Tampa Bay plans to rely heavily on its bullpen throughout the series with a goal being to keep the Astros from scoring multiple runs in an inning. If McCullers is having one of his big strikeout games and can go six innings, the under looks like a solid play.

Astros at Rays Best Bet: UNDER 8.5 runs (-102)

Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Preview

Monday, October12, 2020, Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas, 8:08 p.m. ET

Braves at Dodgers Betting Preview: Braves (+136), Dodgers (-156)

Atlanta Braves

Unbeaten in two previous series against the Cincinnati Reds and Miami Marlins, the Braves are now taking a serious step up in class against the highest-scoring team in baseball during the regular season.

It has been all about the pitching staff for the Braves, who have delivered shutouts in four of five playoff games, including the last two. Left-hander Max Fried, a Los Angeles-area native, went six scoreless innings in the wild-card opener against the Reds, but gave up four runs over four innings in Game 1 of the National League Division Series against Miami.

On a club with Freddie Freeman, Dansby Swanson, Ozzie Albies, Mick Markakis and Ronald Acuna Jr., it is catcher Travis d’Arnaud leading the offense in the playoffs with a .421 batting average, two home runs, seven RBIs and a .500 on-base percentage.

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers’ offense led baseball with 118 regular-season home runs, but at pitcher-friendly Globe Life Field in the NLDS, they appeared to change their run-scoring approach. In a three-game sweep of the Padres last week, the Dodgers used sustained rallies and a move-the-line approach to emerge from a slow offensive start in the playoffs. The Dodgers have advanced with one home run in the wild-card round and one in the NLDS.

Right-hander Walker Buehler will start Game 1 with a heavy dose of the bullpen expected. Buehler has made three starts since spending two stints on the injured list because of a blister issue, but has not pitched more than four innings in any of them. Two of those have come in the playoffs.

The Dodgers are four victories away from their third World Series appearance in the last four seasons.

NLCS Game 1 Betting Pick

The Braves were also heavily reliant on the long ball, finishing second in baseball during the regular season with 103 home runs. There have been two workout days for the Braves to adapt to a park where the ball doesn’t travel well, but nothing beats adjusting at real game speeds.

The Dodgers have now played six games at Globe Life Field, counting three in the regular season, and won’t have to deal with the adjustment period that the Braves will go through. It is enough of a factor to make a difference.

Braves at Dodgers Betting Pick:

Dodgers 5, Braves 3

NLCS Game 1 Best Bet

The Dodgers have tons of playoff experience up and down the roster and know the feeling of being four victories away from a World Series berth. The Marlins showed in the NLDS that as good as Fried is, he is not invincible, but the Dodgers already know that. Fried is 0-2 with a 6.55 ERA in three career starts against the Dodgers.

Braves at Dodgers Best Bet: DODGERS (-1.5/+136)

–Field Level Media

New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays Betting Preview

Friday, October 9, 2020, Petco Park, San Diego, California, 7:05 p.m. ET

Yankees at Rays Betting Preview: Yankees (-150), Rays (+130)

New York Yankees

The Yankees signed Gerrit Cole to a nine-year, $324 million deal in December with games like Friday’s Game 5 of the American League Division Series in mind. The right-hander will start against the Rays with the teams battling for the right to advance to the American League Championship Series.

Cole is pitching in a Game 5 of the ALDS for the second straight season, but this time it is on three days’ rest since there are no travel days. Last year on four days’ rest, he helped the Houston Astros advance by allowing one run in eight innings of a 6-1 win over the Rays.

Cole is pitching after the Yankees evened the series with a 5-1 win on Thursday. He allowed three runs on six hits while getting eight strikeouts over six innings in a Game 1 win on Monday. He has never defeated Tampa Bay in the regular season, going 0-3 with a 4.07 ERA in seven starts.

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays will hope to get a good start from Tyler Glasnow, who will be pitching on two days’ rest. It is a strong possibility that the right-hander will be used as an opener for two or three innings. He probably will be followed by left-hander Blake Snell with the hopes the Rays can get a lead for high-leverage relievers Diego Castillo, Nick Anderson and Pete Fairbanks, who did not pitch in Game 4.

Glasnow’s first start of the series was in Game 2 on Tuesday, when he allowed four runs on three hits and got 10 strikeouts in five-plus innings. Glasnow is pitching in Game 5 of this round for the second straight season after allowing four runs in 2 2/3 innings on five days’ rest on Oct. 10, 2019, at Houston.

Snell took the loss in Game 1 on Monday after yielding four runs on six hits in five innings. However, the former AL Cy Young Award winner was sharp in his first start of the 2020 postseason, when he struck out nine and gave up just one hit in 5 2/3 scoreless innings against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Yankees at Rays Betting Pick for Game 5

Cole is the difference-maker on the mound and will be supported capably by an offense that has swung the bats well for most of the series. New York has six regulars batting .300 or better in the postseason, and Giancarlo Stanton, despite a quiet 1-for-4 night Thursday, has six homers and 13 RBIs through six games.

Yankees at Rays Betting Pick:

Yankees 5, Rays 2

Yankees at Rays Best Bet for Game 5

Even on short rest, both pitchers should be effective enough to keep offense down, so banking on the teams to combine for fewer than eight runs is the smart play.

Rays at Yankees Best Bet: UNDER 7.5 total runs (-124)

–Field Level Media

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The Rays, on the verge of their second trip to the American League Championship Series, can close out the American League Division Series on Thursday night against the Yankees.

Tampa Bay is in this position due to an offense that has produced 15 runs the past two games after New York won the series opener 9-3. The Rays followed up their 7-5 win with an 8-4 victory Wednesday, getting 13 hits, including homers from Kevin Kiermaier, rookie Randy Arozarena and backup catcher Michael Perez. The Rays are hitting .257 with nine homers in the series, and nobody is hotter than Arozarena, who is 8-for-12 with three homers and a 1.417 slugging percentage.

Tampa Bay will use Ryan Thompson as its opener on Thursday. It will be his second appearance of the series after he allowed three hits in two scoreless innings Monday. After Thompson, left-hander Ryan Yarbrough likely will be used as the bulk reliever with the hope of getting the ball to Nick Anderson and Pete Fairbanks, neither of whom pitched Wednesday.

New York Yankees

The season is on the brink for the Yankees after Masahiro Tanaka and the bullpen couldn’t hold down the Rays in Game 2. New York’s relievers have allowed nine runs in 12 innings over the past two games after Chad Green, Zack Britton and Luis Cessa each pitched a shutout inning to lock up a Game 1 win.

While past postseasons have seen New York’s offense go quiet, the Yankees have 18 runs in the series but a 6.23 ERA. The hottest New York batter is Giancarlo Stanton, who is hitting .417 (5-for-12) with four homers in the series and .368 (7-for-19) with six homers overall in the postseason.

New York’s season will be depending on Jordan Montgomery, who was 2-3 with a 5.11 ERA in 10 regular-season starts. Montgomery served up homers to Arozarena and Michael Brosseau on Sept. 2 when he allowed four runs and got two outs in a 5-2 loss at Yankee Stadium.

Rays at Yankees Betting Pick for Game 4

The Yankees’ offense is unlikely to be held in check three games in a row. New York’s pitching might again experience some shaky moments, but it will do enough to force a Game 5 on Friday.

Rays at Yankees Betting Pick:

Yankees 8, Rays 6

Rays at Yankees Best Bet for Game 4

The balls have been flying out of San Diego leading to combined run totals of 12 in each of the first three games. The smart play is the teams will reach double figures once again.

Rays at Yankees Best Bet: OVER 10 total runs (-110)

–Field Level Media

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Thursday, October8, 2020, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California, 3:35 p.m. ET

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Oakland A’s

Right-hander Frankie Montas will get the start in Game 4, looking much better of late after a rough second half of the short season. Montas was 1-4 with a 10.88 ERA over a late six-start stretch, but he didn’t give up an earned run over six innings of his regular-season finale and he tossed two innings of one-run ball in Game 3 of the wild-card round.

The A’s hit five home runs in Game 3 after hitting five total in the first two games of the American League Division Series. Chad Pinder, Khris Davis and Matt Olson have two each in the three games.

Closer Liam Hendriks went three innings to get the win in Game 3, but his status for Game 4 was unknown. The A’s are just 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position in the series.

Houston Astros

Three innings away from advancing to their fourth consecutive AL Championship Series, the Astros blew a late three-run lead Wednesday. They will give it another try Thursday, though they had not named a Game 4 starter. The rotation is light as Zack Greinke deals with an arm ailment.

The Houston bullpen didn’t give up a run in seven innings during the first two games of the series but gave up five in Game 3, with right-hander Josh James charged with three and lefty Brooks Raley taking the loss after giving up two runs.

The Astros have eight home runs in the series, with two coming in Game 3. Jose Altuve and Aledmys Diaz each went deep Wednesday. Carlos Correa hit two in Game 1 and George Springer had two in Game 2.

A’s at Astros Betting Pick for Game 4

The A’s have the momentum now, and other than the up-in-the-air status for Hendriks, the pitching staff appears to be in good shape with Montas starting. Five home runs in a game is one way to get the job done, but futility with runners in scoring position is not.

The Astros were thriving on the mound early in the series, but suddenly the bullpen appears to be stretched a little thin in a series without a day off.

A’s at Astros Betting Pick:

A’s 8, Astros 6

A’s at Astros Best Bet for Game

The ball is flying out of Dodger Stadium and there is zero sense that will stop even if temperatures will be slightly cooler Thursday. With a combined 18 home runs, the teams are four away from tying the ALDS record set by the New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners in 1995.

A’s at Astros Best Bet: OVER (run total and odds TBA)

–Field Level Media

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Los Angeles Dodgers

One game from advancing to yet another NL Championship Series, the Dodgers appear to have their offense on back track. Cody Bellinger hit a home run Wednesday, just his third since the start of September. He also had a key homer-saving catch over the center field wall on a drive by Fernando Tatis Jr.

The Dodgers amassed 11 hits Wednesday after collecting no more than six in three previous playoff games. Justin Turner, Will Smith, AJ Pollock and Chris Taylor are a combined 2-for-23 in the first two games of the NL Division Series.

Los Angeles had not named a starter for Game 3, but its first concern might be what they do at closer. Manager Dave Roberts would not commit to using Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning beyond Wednesday after the right-hander gave up two runs and nearly cost the team the chance at the Game 2 victory. Joe Kelly got a shaky save after replacing Jansen. Hard-throwing Brusdar Graterol might be under consideration for ninth-inning work, too.

San Diego Padres

The Padres are down 2-0 in the NLDS and are one loss away from the end of their breakout season, but they actually might be the team with momentum in the series.

Mitch Moreland and Trent Grisham had RBI hits in the ninth inning to pull the Padres within a run. San Diego eventually loaded the bases with a chance to go ahead before Eric Hosmer grounded out.

The Padres will hand the ball to rookie Adrian Morejon for the start in Game 3. The 21-year-old left-hander finished 2-2 with a 4.66 ERA in nine games (four starts) during the regular season, with his two longest outings each lasting three innings. He had a pair of scoreless relief appearances against the St. Louis Cardinals in the wild-card series, when he allowed a hit and no walks while striking out two over a total of three innings.

Dodgers at Padres Betting Pick for Game 4

The Padres are getting their legs under them in the series and have their offense on track now. San Diego might not have been favored in the series, but getting swept did not seem likely, and it’s now or never to get a game.

The Dodgers had the best bullpen in the NL with a 2.74 ERA during the regular season, but the Padres have been adept at covering entire games with their bullpen, which should come in handy for Game 3.

Dodgers at Padres Betting Pick:

Padres 6, Dodgers 4

Dodgers at Padres Best Bet for Game 4

The Dodgers and Padres both look as if they are in a flow on offense. With both teams likely to run a parade of pitchers to the mound, the run total should rise.

Dodgers at Padres Best Bet: OVER (run total and odds TBA)

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Atlanta Braves

The second-seeded Braves have overpowered the sixth-seeded Marlins with a 5-1 advantage in home runs to move within one win of a three-game sweep in their NLDS matchup. Dansby Swanson and Travis d’Arnaud have two homers apiece — in one each game.

The Braves’ biggest advantage over the Marlins in the series has come in relief pitching. Atlanta’s bullpen has allowed just one run and three hits in 8 1/3 innings while Marlins relievers have given up four runs and five hits in five innings.

Braves manager Brian Snitker might regret using his top relievers so much over the past two days with his vulnerable No. 3 starter, Kyle Wright, scheduled for Game 3. The right-hander hasn’t pitched since the regular season, when he went 2-4 with a 5.21 ERA. He started twice against the Marlins, games Atlanta lost 8-2 and 8-0. He’s never beaten Miami in his career, going 0-2 with a 6.92 ERA in three starts.

Miami Marlins

One day of shaky pitching and one day of poor hitting have combined to put the Miami Marlins in a 2-0 hole entering Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Braves. The Marlins have been outscored 11-5 and out-hit 16-12 in the two defeats.

Brian Anderson has been Miami’s big batter so far in the series with four hits in six at-bats. He has gone just 1-for-5 against Wright, but several other Marlins have hit the right-hander hard, including Jorge Alfaro (4-for-4 with two home runs), Matt Joyce (2-for-3 with a homer) and Garrett Cooper (1-for-2 with a homer).

Rookie right-hander Sixto Sanchez handled his postseason debut like a pro last week, shutting out the Chicago Cubs over five innings in a 2-0 win. He pitched the first six innings of an 8-0 win over the Braves on Sept. 8, and he recorded a 1-0 record with a 4.00 ERA in two starts against them this season.

Braves at Marlins Betting Pick for Game 3

A deeper rotation was seen as one advantage for the underdog Marlins in the best-of-five series with no off days, and that could start to show itself when Miami holds a huge advantage in the Game 3 matchup between Sanchez and Wright. If the Marlins need a jolt of confidence, they could get it just by looking out at the mound and seeing Wright, whom they roughed up twice during the regular season.

Sanchez is the Marlins’ answer to Atlanta Game 2 star Ian Anderson, and it’s interesting that Miami manager Don Mattingly avoided that matchup even after slotting Sanchez second last week against the Cubs. It might have contributed to the 0-2 deficit, but the good news is the Marlins should be favored in this one — and maybe the rest of the way.

Braves at Marlins Betting Pick:

Marlins 7, Braves 3

Braves at Marlins Best Bet for Game 3

When you have an underdog that you’re confident is going to win, playing parlays is a wise move. Check out the exotics in this one, everything that would be consistent with Marlins bombing Wright and the Braves choosing to rest their top relievers to fight another day.

The run total in this game is 8 1/2, which means the oddsmakers are projecting the Marlins to score four or fewer. This from a team that scored eight runs both times it saw Wright during the regular season. If you can find it, your best play is the Marlins over their run total.

Braves at Marlins Best Bet: OVER 8 1/2 total runs (-117)

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Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays matched their franchise postseason record of four homers in Game 2 and are showing they can match New York’s potent offense. Mike Zunino and Manuel Margot smacked two run-homers while Randy Arozarena and Austin Meadows hit solo blasts as Tampa Bay posted a 7-5 win. Arozarena is particularly hot, going 5-for-8 with two homers as the Rays split the first two games of the series.

Right-hander Charlie Morton will start for the Rays in his first appearance since Sept. 25. The 36-year-old veteran is 4-2 with a 3.83 ERA in 10 career starts against the Yankees. Giancarlo Stanton is 9-for 26 (.346) with a homer against Morton while Brett Gardner is 8-for-22 (.364) with three homers.

Tampa Bay pitchers combined for 18 strikeouts Tuesday to set an all-time record for a nine-inning postseason game, with right-handed reliever Nick Anderson turning in two perfect innings. Anderson entered with two on in the seventh and struck out three consecutive hitters, then added another strikeout in the eighth.

New York Yankees

Stanton has slugged three homers in the series, including two in New York’s Game 2 loss, and he has five in four postseason games. The five blasts tie Reggie Jackson (1977) for the third-most homers in a single postseason in Yankees history, just behind the franchise record shared by Bernie Williams (1996) and Alex Rodriguez (2009). The rest of the New York batters had just three hits in Game 2, with slugger Aaron Judge going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.

Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka makes his second start of the postseason. He wasn’t sharp last week against the Cleveland Indians as he gave up six runs and five hits in four-plus innings while receiving a no-decision. Tanaka is 11-5 with a 3.31 ERA in 21 career starts against the Rays and has served up two homers apiece to Kevin Kiermaier, Meadows and Zunino.

Four Yankees struck out three times and two others fanned twice in Game 2, and that is no way to win a playoff game. New York drew six walks, but the abundance of strikeouts negated momentum. Stanton drove in four of the five runs on his two homers.

Rays at Yankees Betting Pick for Game 3

The big names are on the Yankees, but the Rays aren’t the least bit intimidated after going 8-2 in the regular season against New York. Tampa Bay also responded from the series-opening, 9-3 loss with a solid effort that featured four homers. Look for the Rays to move ahead in the series on Wednesday.

Rays at Yankees Betting Pick:

Ray 6, Yankees 4

Rays at Yankees Best Bet for Game 3

With Stanton blasting balls into nearby galaxies and the Rays clubbing four on Tuesday, it is a good bet more balls will be flying out of Petco Park. The teams combined for 12 runs in each of the first two games.

Rays at Yankees Best Bet: OVER 9 total runs (-118)

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San Diego Padres

After losing Game 1 and seeing right-hander Mike Clevinger walk off the field with an injury, the Padres are left to pick up the pieces in Game 2 on Wednesday. Toughest to take was that in an unexpected bullpen game, San Diego managed to hold the Dodgers hitless for the first five innings yet still fell short.

Even the best teams will have trouble winning games without an offensive flow. The Padres managed just three hits in Game 1, and their only run came on an Austin Nola RBI single in the fourth inning. Expected to lead the offense, the duo of Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado went a combined 1-for-8 with four strikeouts. Tatis had three of the whiffs.

The Padres have not named a starter for Game 2 as of early Wednesday morning, but they are adept at piecing things together. They have use nine pitchers in a game three times already this postseason.

Los Angeles Dodgers

It is a familiar refrain this time of year: Clayton Kershaw is confident he can dominate in the playoffs. The fact remains that he has endured numerous poor postseason performances, but his outing in the wild-card round last week was another reason to believe in the left-hander. Kershaw kicked off his 2020 postseason with eight scoreless innings and 13 strikeouts against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Dodgers continued to struggle on offense in their third playoff game, but they rallied for four runs in the sixth inning and earned a 5-1 victory. They entered that inning hitless on the night even though the score was 1-1.

One concern moving forward for the homer-reliant Dodgers is that the ball doesn’t fly far in Texas’ Globe Life Field. Los Angeles hit multiple balls in Game 1 that were headed toward the fences but appeared to lack carry.

Padres at Dodgers Betting Pick for Game 2

It was just one inning, but the Dodgers got their offense in a flow during the sixth inning of Game 1 and walked away with a victory. Stringing together offense might have to be the way moving forward in the Rangers’ new pitcher-friendly ballpark.

The Padres keep riding their bullpen hard, and that might be the way for them moving forward. The Dodgers hope for the opposite in Game 2 and will stick with Kershaw as long as they can, which would preserve their NL-best bullpen for the remainder a series that does not have an off day.

Padres at Dodgers Betting Pick:

Dodgers 5, Padres 2

Padres at Dodgers Best Bet for Game 2

Solid pitching and long fly balls that die at the warning track likely will be a theme, with runs hard to come by. In a series that was supposed to be led by dynamic offenses, winning ugly might become a theme.

Padres at Dodgers Best Bet: UNDER (run total and odds TBA)

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Oakland A’s

If Oakland pitching could keep the Astros in the park, the American League Division Series would have some drama, but the staff has allowed six home runs and the A’s have lost twice. Left-hander Jesus Luzardo (3-2, 4.12 ERA regular season) was named starter for Game 3 on Wednesday over right-hander Frankie Montas. Luzardo has just 18 career regular-season appearances, but he is 1-0 with a 2.87 ERA in three outings against the Astros.

The A’s have five home runs in two games, but diversifying their game has been the issue. Oakland was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position in Game 1 and did not have an at-bat with a runner in scoring position in Game 2.

The A’s do have experience with their backs to the wall, going 2-0 in elimination games in their wild-card round series against the Chicago White Sox.

Houston Astros

It was good news, bad news for the Astros on Tuesday as they moved to 2-0 in their series against the A’s but lost right-hander Zack Greinke for an undetermined amount of time. Greinke was supposed to start Game 3, but arm soreness has him out indefinitely.

Right-hander Jose Urquidy will get the start Wednesday instead. He has just 14 career games and 12 starts to his credit over the past two seasons, but he has a 2.45 ERA against Oakland in two starts.

After Carlos Correa stepped up with two home runs in Game 1, George Springer belted two long balls in Game 2. In six career playoff games at Dodger Stadium, Springer 13-for-26 with five home runs and nine RBIs. His club record for home runs in the postseason was extended to 17.

A’s at Astros Betting Pick for Game 3

The Astros are hitting the ball hard and far, and it doesn’t look as if their homer stroke will cool off anytime soon, not with an entire series being played in the sunshine at Los Angeles. The unsung Houston hero, though, has been a bullpen that has thrown seven scoreless innings, including five hitless frames in Game 1.

Oakland has taken the lead in each of the first two games of the series before getting overwhelmed by Houston’s power game.

A’s at Astros Betting Pick:

Astros 7, A’s 5

A’s at Astros Best Bet for Game 3

The ball continues to fly in the warm temperatures of Los Angeles and more fireworks could be ahead with a pair of young starters in Game 3. The A’s have seen everything the Astros’ bullpen has to offer and will have to use that knowledge to break through against one or two of Houston’s relievers.

A’s at Astros Best Bet: OVER 9 total runs (+100)

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020, Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas, 2:08 p.m. ET

Marlins vs. Braves Betting Preview: Marlins (+175), Braves (-200)

Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins wasted a nice opportunity in Game 1 against Atlanta on Tuesday, grabbing a 4-1 lead and knocking out Braves ace Max Fried before watching their bullpen get torched in a 9-5 loss. The defeat was the first for Miami this season when leading after six innings.

One positive for the postseason-inexperienced Marlins in Game 1 was getting offensive production from six different players, including Miguel Rojas, who homered, and Brian Anderson, who collected three hits. Miami struggled on offense against Atlanta during the regular season. If you throw out a 29-9 loss, the Marlins averaged just 3.5 runs in nine games vs. the Braves, well below their season average of 4.4 runs per game.

Right-hander Pablo Lopez will start Game 2 for the Marlins. He has made just 42 career starts, but the Braves are plenty familiar with him, having faced him eight times already. Lopez has gone 2-4 with a 4.43 ERA in those games.

Atlanta Braves

The Braves made it three in a row in the postseason, this time riding a powerful offensive attack to a 1-0 advantage in their best-of-five series against the Marlins. Ronald Acuna Jr., Travis d’Arnaud and Dansby Swanson contributed home runs to a 12-hit attack.

Acuna and d’Arnaud have had more than their fair share of success against Lopez, the Marlins’ Game 2 starter, in their careers. Each has homered off the young Miami pitcher twice, with both of d’Arnaud’s long balls coming this season.

Right-hander Ian Anderson was beaten head-to-head by Lopez the last time the Braves saw the Marlins in the regular season, although the Atlanta rookie did not allow an earned run among the three he saw score in a 4-2 defeat. The 22-year-old was almost unhittable in his postseason debut against Cincinnati last week, shutting out the Reds on two hits over six innings and striking out nine in a 5-0 win that earned the Braves a spot in the NL Division Series.

Marlins vs. Braves Betting Pick for Game 2

The Marlins and Braves got their bats going in a high-scoring affair in Game 1, but don’t be fooled by a short-term memory. These teams combined to allow a total of one run in four games in the first round, and they managed to advance despite not doing much scoring themselves (total of 13 runs).

The last time Anderson and Lopez met, the 4-2 final was deceiving. They didn’t allow an earned run between them. And Anderson has pitched once since, not allowing any kind of run on that occasion. At close to even money in a tight pitchers’ duel, getting 1 1/2 runs with the Marlins is a steal.

Marlins at Braves Betting Pick:

Braves 1, Marlins 0

Marlins at Braves Best Bet for Game 2

Postseason play tends to bring out a lot of inexperienced gamblers who believe what happened one day will happen again the next. Having just witnessed a 9-5 game, they can’t wait to jump on the over in Game 2.

The oddsmakers have anticipated this and posted an incredibly high number, one that provides a great opportunity for those who recall that these two teams never played a game with more than six total runs last week and they played a low-scoring contest the last time these two pitchers squared off.

Marlins at Braves Best Bet: UNDER 9 total runs (-110)

–Field Level Media

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Tuesday, October6, 2020, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California, 4:37 p.m. ET

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Houston Astros

Carlos Correa said a mechanical adjustment with hitting coach Alex Cintron has him back on track, as evidenced by his two home runs Monday as the Astros earned a 10-5 win in Game 1. Correa was trying to regain the magic from his 2017 season, but Cintron had him go back to his rookie season of 2015 and some subtle stance changes seem to have done the trick.

Dodger Stadium looked like a hitters’ park in Game 1, and with all day games in the series, more long balls could be on the way, although temperatures will decrease from what they were Monday.

Game 2 starter Framber Valdez doesn’t figure to be fazed by Monday’s power display from both teams. He gave up just five home runs all season in 70 2/3 innings, with his only two-homer game of the season coming on Sept. 12, though it did occur at Dodger Stadium.

Oakland A’s

The A’s got off to the offensive start they were looking for, but they couldn’t get to the Astros’ bullpen in Game 1. Four Houston relievers did not give up a hit over the final five innings.

Khris Davis, Sean Murphy and Matt Olson hit home runs for the A’s. Marcus Semien had two hits, but the shortstop also committed a two-out error in the sixth that opened the door for Houston’s go-ahead, four-run inning. Jake Lamb, acquired after third baseman Matt Chapman was lost for the season, went 0-for-2 before he was lifted for a pinch hitter.

The A’s will send lefty Sean Manaea to the mound in Game 2. He gave up seven home runs in 54 innings this year, and like Valdez, his only two-homer game of the season came at Dodger Stadium on Sept. 23.

Astros at A’s Betting Pick for Game 2

The A’s appeared on their way to a Game 1 victory but instead are relying on the knowledge that they lost Game 1 of the wild-card series and still rebounded to advance. What they will need to do is to get some offense going against the Houston bullpen.

With Dodger Stadium playing small, Valdez seems better equipped to deal with the conditions, especially after his dominating five-inning performance of his playoff debut last week against the Twins.

Astros at A’s Betting Pick:

Astros 6, A’s 4

Astros at A’s Best Bet for Game 2

The playoffs appear to be the Astros’ comfort zone, and there is nothing to suggest that won’t continue into Game 2 of the ALDS. Three home runs were a welcome site Monday for Oakland, but the A’s will need more baserunners moving forward.

Astros at A’s Best Bet: OVER 8.5 total runs (-114)

–Field Level Media

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Miami Marlins

Say what you will about the Marlins — and many have during the past decade and a half — but the franchise boasts a perfect record when it makes the postseason. Sixth-seeded Miami improved to 7-0 in playoff rounds after surrendering just one run in its two-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs in the National League wild-card series.

Right-hander Sandy Alcantara (1-0, 1.35 ERA), who allowed one run on three hits in 6 2/3 innings in a 5-1 victory over Chicago on Wednesday, will face Atlanta for the first time in 2020. The 25-year-old has limited the Braves to a .176 batting average in his three career starts against them, all made in 2019, including baffling star Ronald Acuna Jr. (0-for-8, two strikeouts).

Jesus Aguilar, who led the team in runs (31) and hits (52) in 2020, battered the Braves to the tune of 15-for-40 (.375) with two homers, eight RBIs and seven runs in the season series. The Marlins, however, lost six of the 10 meetings to drop the season series to their NL East rival for the sixth straight year.

Atlanta Braves

The second-seeded Braves did the Marlins one better during the wild-card series, as they did not allow a run over 22 innings in their two-game sweep of Cincinnati. Left-hander Max Fried (7-0, 2.25 ERA regular season) scattered six hits over seven scoreless frames in the series opener versus the Reds. However, he is 0-1 with a 5.13 ERA in six career starts against Miami.

Adam Duvall, who belted a two-run homer in Atlanta’s 5-0, series-clinching victory over Cincinnati on Thursday, went deep five times in the season series with Miami. The 32-year-old showed off his power with three homers, nine RBIs and five runs in the Braves’ 29-9 romp over the Marlins on Sept. 9.

Marcell Ozuna also launched a two-run shot in the Braves’ Game 2 win against the Reds and hurt his former team by going deep three times during the season series. Freddie Freeman also mauled the Marlins, with eight of his 14 hits in the season series going for extra bases.

Marlins at Braves Betting Pick for Game 1

The Marlins have embraced the moniker of “Bottom Feeders,” a term derisively lobbed at them by Philadelphia pitcher-turned-broadcast analyst Ricky Bottalico after Miami defeated the Phillies in the season opener. Manager Don Mattingly’s charges carry that slight with them to the ballpark, with the players wearing a T-shirt with that slogan under their game-day jerseys.

Playing as though they have nothing to lose, the Marlins are winning — and they’ll continue that trend in the series opener.

Marlins at Braves Betting Pick:

Marlins 3, Braves 2

Marlins at Braves Best Bet for Game 1

While the Braves boast an offense that scored the second-most runs in the majors at 348, it’s difficult to advise taking the over when the teams combined to yield just one run during their wild-card series.

Marlins at Braves Best Bet: UNDER 8 total runs (-105)

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020, Petco Park, San Diego, California, 8:10 p.m. ET

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New York Yankees

Giancarlo Stanton continues to make himself at home at Petco Park, and for good reason, considering he is from Southern California. Stanton’s grand slam in New York’s 9-3 win in Game 1 of the best-of-five American League Division Series gave him nine homers in 20 career games at the San Diego park.

Stanton has gone deep in all three of the Yankees’ postseason contests to push the team’s total in runs to 31 and in homers to 11 — the most ever through a club’s first three playoff games. Aaron Judge is responsible for two of those homers while DJ LeMahieu has erupted for 11 hits over his past five games.

Rookie right-hander Deivi Garcia, who is 21 years and 140 days old, will become the youngest pitcher to make a postseason start in franchise history. Garcia will get his first look at the Rays after producing a 3-2 record with a 4.98 ERA in six appearances, all starts, this season.

Tampa Bay Rays

Rays manager Kevin Cash said his top-seeded team isn’t fazed after dropping the first game of the series. Tampa Bay, after all, won an AL-best 40 of its 60 games this season and eight of 10 against New York.

Randy Arozarena, who belted a two-run homer in the Rays’ 5-2 win at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 2, added a solo shot Monday to continue his stellar start to the postseason. The 25-year-old is 7-for-12 in the playoffs and 13-for-27 (.481) with three homers in his past seven games overall.

Brandon Lowe, who led the team in hits (52), homers (14), RBIs (37) and runs (36) during the regular season, struck out three times in the series opener. He is 3-for-18 in his past six games overall.

Yankees at Rays Betting Pick for Game 2

While New York manager Aaron Boone downplayed the notion that a statement was made against the Rays, the truth of the matter is his team’s sluggers put its rivals on their heels. Tampa Bay can’t match firepower with the Yankees, so quality pitching is of utmost importance for Cash’s crew. Tyler Glasnow (5-1, 4.08 ERA regular season) will be charged with holding down the New York attack on Tuesday. He has made five career starts against the Yankees, going 1-2 with a 3.70 ERA.

The Yankees also have the luxury of a well-rested Aroldis Chapman, who wasn’t needed for the ninth inning in the opener after Stanton’s grand slam put the game out of reach.

Yankees at Rays Betting Pick:

Yankees 6, Rays 3

Yankees at Rays Best Bet for Game 2

New York has been keeping the scoreboard operator busy by scoring 12, 10 and nine runs to begin the postseason. Tuesday’s game will be more of the same.

Yankees at Rays Best Bet: OVER 8 runs (-102)

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Padres at Dodgers Betting Preview: Padres (odds TBA), Dodgers (odds TBA)

San Diego Padres

The Padres won four of their 10 games against the Dodgers in the regular season, but one thing they figured out how to do is to start each series on a positive note. San Diego won the opener in all three of the matchups with the Dodgers, but Los Angeles took the last two in each set.

All eyes are on the Padres’ NLDS roster decisions with right-handers Mike Clevinger (elbow) and Dinelson Lamet (biceps) still not ruled out for the series despite missing the wild-card round. Rosters are Tuesday afternoon, well before the first pitch of Game 1.

Fernando Tatis Jr., the heart and soul of the new-look Padres, batted just .205 with a .385 slugging percentage against the Dodgers, hitting two home runs and drive in four runs. Manny Machado had two home runs and six RBIs against his former team.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Walker Buehler will start in Game 1 carrying lingering blister concerns. He has pitched just twice since two stints on the injured list in September. He went four innings in Game 1 of the wild-card series against the Milwaukee Brewers, allowing two runs and striking out eight in a game the Dodgers won 4-2.

With the best bullpen in the National League (2.74 regular-season ERA), the Dodgers will take what they get out of Buehler and let the relievers handle the rest. But while Julio Urias backed him up in Game 1 vs. Milwaukee, the left-hander might be held back for a potential start later in the San Diego series.

The Dodgers offense led the majors in home runs (118) and runs (349) this year, but Los Angeles scored just seven runs in two games of the wild-card round, and two of those came on two bases-loaded walks during the first inning of Game 1 against Brewers opener Brent Suter.

Padres at Dodgers Betting Pick for Game 1

The Dodgers will not be able to glide through the Padres as they did against the Brewers, and they will need to get the offense going. Corey Seager hit their only home run in the wild-card series while Mookie Betts had three of the team’s five doubles.

The Padres appear to be on a mission, hitting six home runs in three games of the opening round, including two apiece from Tatis and Wil Myers in Game 2.

Padres at Dodgers Betting Pick:

Padres 6, Dodgers 5

Padres at Dodgers Best Bet for Game 1

The NLDS is longer than the wild-card round was, but expect a sense of urgency from both teams. While that could mean players who are pressing, the Dodgers’ experience and the Padres’ energy likely translates into runs scored.

Padres at Dodgers Best Bet: OVER (total runs and odds TBA)

–Field Level Media

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St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals will seek to rebound after letting a four-run lead slip away when they could have wrapped up their best-of-three National League first-round series in two games. Five different relievers combined to allow nine runs — including five homers — over San Diego’s last three at-bats in a monumental collapse during the 11-9 setback.

Paul Goldschmidt has homered in both games of the series to raise his career count to 13 at Petco Park. Kolten Wong homered and had four RBIs Thursday, and St. Louis had five extra-bases hits among its 10 total hits.

Right-hander Jack Flaherty (4-3, 4.91 ERA) will take the ball in the series finale, and the Cardinals will be hoping he can pitch deep into the game. The problem is that Flaherty had a woeful September when he went 2-3 with a 7.48 ERA in five starts.

The 24-year-old has been sturdy against the Padres with a 1-0 mark and 1.10 ERA in three career starts, but he struggled with Trent Grisham (4-for-6) when the latter was with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Veteran catcher Yadier Molina (5-for-10 in the series) played in his 100th career playoff game on Thursday also recorded his 100th postseason hit. Dexter Fowler has back-to-back two-hit games in the eighth spot in the order, but No. 9 Harrison Bader is just 1-for-8 with six strikeouts — five of the whiffs coming in Game 1.

San Diego Padres

The vaunted San Diego offense wasn’t so prolific over the first 14 innings of the series before it emerged in prolific fashion to save the team’s season. Fernando Tatis Jr. and Wil Myers each hit two homers to join Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth of the 1932 New York Yankees as the only teammates to hit multiple homers in the same postseason game.

Manny Machado also went deep. Tatis had five RBIs to tie the franchise postseason record set by Steve Garvey when the latter established the feat on the night he hit a walk-off homer in Game 4 of the 1984 NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

San Diego may have to rely on its bats to win Friday’s game as the pitching staff is in such disarray that manager Jayce Tingler said “I have no idea” when asked who would start Game 3 after the club evened the series. Right-handed co-aces Mike Clevinger (elbow) and Dinelson Lamet (biceps) aren’t on the roster for this series due to injuries.

One pitcher who could see work in the early innings is 20-year-old rookie right-hander Luis Patino, someone St. Louis has never seen. No matter what, the Padres will be making a lot of calls to the bullpen to try and piecemeal their way through the contest.

San Diego was missing its swagger until Tatis blasted a three-run homer in the sixth inning to start the barrage. The second-year star endured a mid-September slump but is the most exciting — and important — player on the squad.

Cardinals at Padres Betting Pick for Game 3

San Diego appeared headed to a meek and disappointing exit before its bats woke up in Game 2. St. Louis could use the 2019 version of Flaherty (2.75 ERA, 231 strikeouts) to show up in an attempt to silence the Padres. But the momentum changed in a big way, and San Diego will be moving on.

Cardinals at Padres Betting Pick:

Padres 8, Cardinals 5

Cardinals at Padres Best Bet for Game 3

That nine-run explosion over their final three at-bats might have some carryover as it was electrifying for the Padres and deflating for the Cardinals. With San Diego’s pitching situation being shaky at best, count on plenty of runs being scored in this affair.

Cardinals at Padres Best Bet: OVER 9 runs (-106)

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Chicago White Sox

The White Sox have their season on the line as they head into a decisive Game 3 matchup against the A’s. Chicago won the series opener 4-1 thanks to a strong performance from Lucas Giolito, but they took a 5-3 defeat in Game 2 as veteran southpaw Dallas Keuchel failed to miss bats.

Just as it did in the first two games, pitching will decide whether the White Sox win or lose in the winner-take-all series finale. Manager Rick Renteria has not committed to a starter, and it is possible that he could go with an opener rather than a traditional innings-eater. Regardless of who starts, it will be all hands on deck as Chicago eyes the American League Division Series.

One player to watch out for on the White Sox is Tim Anderson, who has six hits in nine at-bats during the series. It’s a nice turnaround for a player who went 3-for-33 (.091) in his final eight regular-season games.

Oakland A’s

The A’s fought back on Wednesday to avoid a quick two-game sweep. Now, they must repeat the magic in their second straight elimination game.

Oakland has been resilient all season, and manager Bob Melvin faces a tough decision in terms of his Game 3 starter. The White Sox feast on left-handed pitching, going 15-0 against southpaw starters this season. That includes a Game 1 win over A’s lefty Jesus Luzardo.

The problem for Melvin is that the A’s are lefty-heavy in their rotation. He could avoid that situation by turning to a right-hander such as veteran Mike Fiers, who went 6-3 with a 4.58 ERA this season. Fiers also has an exception career mark against the White Sox, 4-0 with a 1.58 ERA in eight starts.

White Sox at A’s Betting Pick for Game 3

This has been a competitive series, and anything can happen in a winner-take-all playoff contest. Give the slight edge to Oakland here because it has a deeper bullpen, and this certainly could be a game in which both managers ask their bullpen to chew up six or more innings. Melvin is a good tactician who also could give the A’s a slight edge over the White Sox’s Rick Renteria.

White Sox at A’s Betting Pick:

A’s 6, White Sox 4

White Sox at A’s Best Bet for Game 3

Given the White Sox’s proven power (American League-leading 96 home runs in the regular season) and the odds that the Athletics’ offense is due to improve after producing just 10 total hits in the first two games of the series, the final score should go up. Add in uncertainty over both teams’ pitching plans, and the over is a logical play.

White Sox at A’s Best Bet: OVER (run total and odds TBA)

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Thursday, October 1, 2020, Truist Park, Atlanta, Georgia, 12:08 p.m. ET

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Cincinnati Reds

Despite out-hitting the Braves 11-6 in Wednesday’s series opener, the Reds struggled to deliver when it counted, going 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position in a game Atlanta won 1-0 in 13 innings. Cincinnati had numerous chances in extra innings, including stranding the bases loaded in the 11th and 13th.

Nicholas Castellanos led the Reds’ attack with three hits, while Nick Senzel, Joey Votto and Aristedes Aquino contributed two each. Senzel looked to jam his shoulder while diving back to first base on a third-inning pickoff attempt, but remained in the game.

Right-hander Luis Castillo will get the call in his first postseason start as the Reds try to stave off elimination. An All-Star and 15-game winner in 2019, Castillo was 4-6 with a 3.21 ERA this season.

Atlanta Braves

National League MVP candidate Freddie Freeman knocked home an RBI single with one out in the bottom of the 13th inning Wednesday as the Braves ended the longest scoreless duel in the history of postseason play. The Braves had lost 10 consecutive postseason series openers, including a wild-card game, since a victory in 2001, which was also the last year they won a playoff series. Atlanta can end a skid of nine straight playoff series losses (not counting one-game wild cards) with a win Thursday.

Rookie right-hander Ian Anderson, a first-round pick in 2016, will look to pitch Atlanta into the NL Division Series. Anderson (3-2, 1.95 ERA) made six starts after joining the Braves from their alternate training site in late August, working at least 5 2/3 innings four times.

A.J. Minter wriggled out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the top of the 13th to earn the victory Wednesday.

Reds at Braves Betting Pick for Game 2

Castillo shined in September ahead of a hiccup in his regular-season finale, going 4-0 with a 1.26 ERA in four starts before allowing four runs in four innings Saturday. Anderson also is battle-tested in his short career, including six innings of one-hit ball in his August debut. Another nail-biter between these teams appears imminent, but the Braves get the edge with a more consistent complement of bats.

Reds at Braves Betting Pick:

Braves 3, Reds 1

Reds at Braves Best Bet for October 1, 2020

Atlanta and Cincinnati combined to set a single-game postseason record with 37 strikeouts Wednesday, including 21 whiffs by the Braves. While that degree of swinging and missing doesn’t figure to be replicated in Game 2, an offensive breakout from both sides seems unlikely, as well.

Reds at Braves Best Bet: UNDER 7.5 total runs (-115)

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Thursday, October 1, 2020, Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois, 2:08 p.m. ET

Marlins at Cubs Betting Preview: Marlins (+164), Cubs (-178)

Miami Marlins

So much for the worries about lack of playoff experience. The Marlins looked like old, seasoned pros in their first playoff game in 17 years Wednesday, using a five-run seventh inning to dump the Cubs 5-1 and take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series.

Sandy Alcantara checked Chicago on three hits over 6 2/3 innings for the win, and Corey Dickerson and Jesus Aguilar slugged three-run and two-run homers, respectively, in the seventh. Miami can move into the National League Division Series with one more win.

Rookie Sixto Sanchez (3-2, 3.46 ERA) takes the ball for the Marlins, aiming to bounce back after allowing nine runs in seven innings over his last two starts. He will be opposing the Cubs for the first time in his career.

Chicago Cubs

Inconsistent offense has been a source of worry all year for the Cubs, and it cropped up again in Game 1 of the wild-card series. After scoring 25 runs in their weekend series with the White Sox, the Cubs were back to flailing and failing under the harsh postseason glare.

Ian Happ’s solo shot in the fifth was the only meaningful hit for Chicago, which had just four hits in all. The Nos. 2-4 hitters in the lineup were a combined 0-for-10 with two walks, with Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant going 0-for-8 with three whiffs.

Yu Darvish (8-3, 2.01 ERA) gets the call with his team’s season on the line. Darvish is coming off seven shutout innings Friday night in a 10-0 win at the White Sox. However, he owns 6.08 ERA in five career outings against the Marlins, and his postseason record is unimpressive: 2-4 with a 5.81 ERA in six starts.

Marlins at Cubs Betting Pick for Game 2

The benefits of playing with no pressure were evident for the Marlins on Wednesday, when they blew open a pitchers’ duel with some unexpected power to push the Cubs to the brink of elimination.

As for Chicago, it’s all hands on deck in a win-or-die situation. The Cubs have their best pitcher on the mound, although Darvish hasn’t been known for coming up big in the playoffs. But this Darvish has refined his seven-pitch arsenal, and on a day that is expected to be pitcher-friendly, he helps the Cubs force a Game 3 on Friday.

Marlins at Cubs Betting Pick:

Cubs 3, Marlins 2

Marlins at Cubs Best Bet for Game 2

While the over was the way to go in the regular season for a variety of reasons, playing the under is a safe call here. Both teams are using strikeout pitchers against punchout-prone offenses on what’s supposed to be a damp day with the wind blowing in.

Marlins at Cubs Best Bet: UNDER (total runs and odds TBA)

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Milwaukee Brewers

Right-hander Brandon Woodruff will get the call to start in Game 2 with the Brewers’ season hanging in the balance. Woodruff and Dodgers Game 2 starter Clayton Kershaw do have playoff history.

Woodruff came on in relief during Game 1 of the 2018 National League Championship Series and hit a home run off Kershaw in a Milwaukee victory. The Dodgers won the series. With the DH in the NL this season, he won’t get a chance to repeat the glory.

The Milwaukee offense did not deliver all season, and the same was true in Game 1 of the playoffs. More of the same on Thursday would put a disappointing season to rest.

Already struggling with injuries, especially to the pitching staff, the Brewers lost right fielder Ryan Braun in the fifth inning of Game 1 due to back discomfort. He is listed as day-to-day.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Kershaw’s shaky playoff history is well-documented heading into his 33rd career postseason outing and his 26th as a starter. In 357 career regular-season games over 13 seasons, the future Hall of Famer has a 2.43 ERA. In the postseason, he has a 4.43 ERA.

Kershaw’s most recent playoff outing was disastrous as he came on in relief during the deciding Game 5 of last year’s NL Division Series against the Nationals. Instead of protecting a two-run lead, he gave up back-to-back home runs to Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto in the eighth inning. Washington went on to advance in extra innings and ultimately won the World Series.

Corey Seager hit a home run Wednesday, but otherwise the Dodgers’ powerful offense was helped by four first-inning walks from Brewers opener Brent Suter.

Brewers at Dodgers Betting Pick for Game 2

The last time the Dodgers faced Woodruff was in April 2019, and they tagged him for five runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. Joc Pederson hit two home runs off him that day, and he likely will be in the lineup Thursday.

Kershaw has a 2.87 ERA in 15 career regular-season starts against the Brewers. However, in his one playoff series against Milwaukee, he had a 4.09 ERA in three appearances, giving up nine hits and four walks in 11 innings. He has been on a mission this season, posted a 6-2 record with a 2.16 ERA in 10 starts.

Brewers at Dodgers Betting Pick:

Dodgers 8, Brewers 2

Brewers at Dodgers Best Bet for Game 2

The Dodgers led baseball with 118 home runs and 349 runs scored, so while they were limited to one home run and four runs Wednesday, holding down this kind of offense for consecutive games is a lot to ask.

Los Angeles’ slugging percentage was more than 56 points better against right-handers, and a righty will be the Thursday opponent.

Brewers at Dodgers Best Bet: OVER 7.5 runs (+102)

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St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals had baserunners throughout Game 1 with 13 hits, five walks and a hit batter to produce a 7-4 win that gives them the upper hand in the best-of-three first-round series. Yadier Molina, who will play in his 100th career postseason game on Thursday, went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and Paul Goldschmidt slugged his 12th career home run at Petco Park. Even Harrison Bader’s five strikeouts — three with runners in scoring position — couldn’t derail St. Louis.

Veteran right-hander Adam Wainwright (5-3, 3.15 ERA) lost his last two starts of the regular season but he is a proven commodity on the postseason stage. The 39-year-old has a 2.81 ERA in 27 career playoff appearances (14 starts) and his first foray was against the Padres in the 2006 National League Division Series as he pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief over three appearances. In the regular season, Wainwright is 7-4 with a 2.19 ERA in 15 appearances (12 starts) against San Diego, but his record at Petco Park is just 1-4 despite a 3.03 ERA in six appearances (five starts).

The Cardinals used five relievers in Game 1 so getting six or seven solid innings from Wainwright would be key in case a Game 3 is necessary. Each of Wainwright’s two starts in the 2019 postseason were gems, including one in which he tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings against the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS before then-closer Carlos Martinez blew the save (and the game) in the ninth inning.

San Diego Padres

Facing the Cardinals is once again not a fun task for the Padres, who must win the final two games to avoid being eliminated by the Cardinals for the fourth time in their franchise history. San Diego was swept in three games by the Cardinals in both the 1996 and 2005 NLDS and lost 3-1 in the 2006 NLDS — the final series the club’s most recent visit to the postseason before 2020. The Padres will need a much sharper effort on Thursday as part of their undoing in the opener was two baserunning gaffes by rookie Jake Cronenworth.

San Diego’s rotation is still in disarray with top-notch right-handers Mike Clevinger (elbow) and Dinelson Lamet (bicep) both left off the roster for the series. Right-hander Kyle Davies (7-4, 2.73 ERA) gets the call in Game 2 after serving as the picture of consistency this season (he didn’t allow more than three earned runs in any of his 12 starts). The 27-year-old frequently saw St. Louis hitters during his four-plus seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers but was just 2-3 with a 4.55 ERA in 10 starts against the club. In particular, he had severe problems with Matt Carpenter, who is 12-for-25 (.480) with three homers, four doubles and five walks against him.

The Padres had to use seven relievers when Chris Paddack lasted just 2 1/3 innings in Game 1 so the bullpen is highly taxed. But San Diego needs better than a combined 2-for-13 from the top three hitters in the lineup — Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer — if it wants to play a game on Friday.

Cardinals at Padres Betting Pick for Game 2

Is it possible that Wainwright has another stellar postseason start in that right arm? That certainly can’t be discounted. But an even bigger factor is how much do the Padres — many who lack postseason experience — either relax or press during at-bats if they fall behind with their season on the line?

Cardinals at Padres Betting Pick:

Cardinals 4, Padres 2

Cardinals at Padres Best Bet for Game 2

San Diego is typically good for keeping the scoreboard busy but the club was just 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position in the opener. Davies figures to keep the Padres in the game so runs could be hard to come by.

Cardinals at Padres Best Bet: UNDER 8.5 total runs (-110)

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Chicago White Sox

The White Sox have a chance to quickly dispatch the A’s in Game 2 after a 4-1 win in the series opener Tuesday afternoon. Ace right-hander Lucas Giolito was terrific as he carried a perfect game into the seventh inning and earned a win in his first playoff start.

Chicago improved to 15-0 against left-handed starters this season with its Game 1 win, but nothing will come easy in Game 2. For one, the White Sox will face tough right-hander Chris Bassitt, who came up in their farm system before finding his rhythm with the A’s. Another factor to consider is that the A’s will be desperate to push the series to a decisive Game 3 instead of starting a long offseason.

The White Sox will turn to veteran left-hander Dallas Keuchel (6-2, 1.99 ERA) as they look to advance to the American League Division Series. Keuchel, who has logged 59 2/3 career innings in the postseason, came to Chicago as a free agent for the exact purpose of helping the White Sox take the next step toward becoming a World Series contender.

Oakland A’s

The A’s had a great regular season, which they finished with 36 wins in 60 games, but now they find themselves fighting for their playoff life. They showed little life at the plate Tuesday in the series opener, and the bats better wake up fast for Oakland to force a winner-take-all Game 3 on its home field.

Oakland went 22-10 at home during the regular season, but Chicago looked quite comfortable in the cavernous stadium without the typically fervent A’s home crowd. If fans had been in attendance in Game 1, they surely would have been quiet for most of the contest as the A’s were left hitless until Tommy La Stella singled up the middle in the seventh inning.

Bassitt went 5-2 with a 2.29 ERA in 11 starts this season, and he issued 17 walks compared with 55 strikeouts in 63 innings. He is a cerebral pitcher and will need to stay focused to avoid leaving mistakes over the plate for the homer-happy White Sox.

White Sox at A’s Betting Pick for September 30, 2020

It’s an up-for-grabs game in an up-for-grabs series, but Oakland has too much talent and too much pride to go away in such a hurry. This has the feel of a three-game series, and the White Sox have not enjoyed the same success against right-handers as they have against southpaws this season. Look for Oakland to find a way to stay alive.

White Sox at A’s Betting Pick:

A’s 3, White Sox 2

White Sox at A’s Best Bet for September 30, 2020

Granted, an extra-innings game is not a slam dunk, but the odds are too good to pass up. Oakland led the majors with six extra-innings wins this season to go along with one extra-innings loss, and with the high stakes and talented teams involved, it would not be a surprise to see this game reach 10 innings or more. It’s worth a few bucks to guess that the drama spills past the ninth inning in Game 2.

White Sox at A’s Best Bet: YES on extra innings (+760)

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Blue Jays at Rays Betting Preview: Blue Jays (+124), Rays (-142)

Toronto Blue Jays

The eighth-seeded Blue Jays look to left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu to pay dividends on the four-year, $80 million contract he signed in the offseason when he takes the mound for Game 2 of the best-of-three American League wild-card series. Last season’s National League ERA leader recorded a pair of no-decisions versus Tampa Bay in 2020 en route to a 5-2 record with a 2.69 ERA in 12 appearances for the Blue Jays, who won nine of those starts.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had a single and a double to account for two of Toronto’s five hits in a 3-1 setback in the series opener on Tuesday. Gurriel has collected 10 hits in his past five contests overall, although he is just 1-for-4 in a small sample size against Tampa Bay’s Wednesday starter, Tyler Glasnow.

Rowdy Tellez, who was added to the wild-card roster, had a one-out pinch single in the eighth inning and came around to score on a sacrifice fly for the lone run of the Blue Jays. The inconsistent offense and 12 strikeouts — nine against Blake Snell — were not a welcome sight for the Blue Jays, who erupted for 56 runs in their previous eight games.

Tampa Bay Rays

The top-seeded Rays aim to punch their ticket to AL Division Series in San Diego should they bring out the brooms in the abbreviated series. Manuel Margot belted a two-run shot among his two hits in the opener on Tuesday to match his homer total accumulated over 47 regular-season games.

While the offense managed just four hits, Tampa Bay once again received stellar pitching. The Rays, whose 3.56 ERA ranked third in the majors during the regular season, held the opposition to two runs or fewer for the 22nd time in 2020.

Glasnow (5-1, 4.08 ERA) won his last three starts to enter Wednesday’s contest with some momentum, although the hard-throwing right-hander owns an 0-2 record with a 7.71 ERA in two career postseason starts. Glasnow, 27, did not face Toronto this season. He sports an 0-2 mark with a 6.17 ERA in six career meetings against the Blue Jays.

Blue Jays at Rays Betting Pick for September 30, 2020

It’s difficult to bet against Tampa Bay at this juncture in the sports world. The NHL’s Lightning just won the second Stanley Cup in franchise history and the Buccaneers have an inordinate amount of buzz around them since the arrival of six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady.

As for the Rays, they’ll continue to ride their proven formula of dominant pitching and just enough offense into the ALDS.

Blue Jays at Rays Betting Pick:

Rays 3, Blue Jays 1

Blue Jays at Rays Best Bet for September 30, 2020

The Blue Jays are making their first playoff appearance since 2016, but their stay could be a short one if their bats fail to wake up. Unfortunately for Toronto, Tampa Bay’s pitchers have put many teams to sleep in 2020.

Blue Jays at Rays Best Bet: RAYS win by at least 1.5 runs (+136)

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St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals overcame an early-season COVID-19 outbreak to qualify for the best-of-three first round of the playoffs on the final day of the season. St. Louis is the No. 5 seed for the National League playoffs and is part of the field for the second straight season after a three-year absence. The Cardinals were a hot team down the stretch, logging eight victories in the final 12 regular-season games, but they lack power and finished last in the majors with 51 homers.

Left-hander Kwang Hyun Kim (3-0, 1.62 ERA) will start Game 1 after a dazzling season in which he compiled a 1.03 WHIP and limited opposing hitters to a .197 average. The 32-year-old rookie had a four-start stretch in which he allowed one run, which was unearned, and 12 hits over 24 innings. Veteran lefty Andrew Miller, always a superb weapon in the postseason, has a 0.95 ERA in 28 career playoff appearances, allowing just 19 hits and fanning 54 in 38 innings.

Paul Goldschmidt has seen a lot of the Padres after spending eight seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks before playing the past two years in St. Louis. He has a career .300 average with 22 homers and 86 RBIs in 130 games against the Padres, with 11 of the blasts coming at Petco Park.

San Diego Padres

The Padres emerged as one of the most exciting teams in baseball, but this is their first foray into the postseason since 2006. San Diego was eliminated by the Cardinals in each of its past two playoff trips, though that means nothing to the current group. Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (17 homers) and third baseman Manny Machado (16) are both part of the MVP conversation, having helped the team finish fourth in the majors with 95 homers.

San Diego rotation is a big question mark with co-ace right-handers Mike Clevinger (elbow) and Dinelson Lamet (biceps) ailing, making Chris Paddack the surprise choice to start Game 1. Paddack (4-5, 4.73 ERA) was unable to equal his rookie success and served up 14 homers in just 59 innings this year. A week ago, there was chatter that Paddack might not be on the roster for the series. The Padres will hope he can get the game to the bullpen, which is strong on the back end with left-hander Drew Pomeranz (1.45 ERA) and right-hander Trevor Rosenthal (10 innings, no earned runs allowed since being acquired from the Kansas City Royals).

Winning Game 1 is especially crucial for the Padres with their starting-pitching issues. San Diego will have to set its roster for the series by Wednesday afternoon, and whether Clevinger and/or Lamet is on it will be telling for a possible Game 3 starter. Keeping the middle relievers fresh might be a key element of the series.

Cardinals at Padres Betting Pick for September 30, 2020

San Diego has the better lineup with Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers to go with Tatis and Machado but isn’t just a power show despite the “Slam Diego” moniker. The Padres led the majors with 55 steals — topped by Tatis (11) and Trent Grisham (10) — so they can manufacture runs and play small ball when necessary. The Cardinals could use a turnaround from three-time All-Star Matt Carpenter (.186 average, four homers) to help an offense in which Goldschmidt (.304) is the only regular hitting above .265.

Cardinals at Padres Betting Pick:

Padres 5, Cardinals 4

Cardinals at Padres Best Bet for September 30, 2020

San Diego’s propensity for the long ball figures to make sure there are some runs on the board, though nobody on the roster has faced Kim. Paddack’s inconsistency this season should help the Cardinals create scoring opportunities, so St. Louis’ clutch hitting will be a key. Expect the run total to slightly edge the over.

Cardinals at Padres Best Bet: OVER 8 total runs (-118)

–Field Level Media

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Yankees at Indians Betting Preview: Yankees (-126), Indians (+108)

New York Yankees

After battering Cleveland’s ace in Game 1, the fifth-seeded Yankees look to take Carlos Carrasco to task in a bid to punch their ticket to the AL Division Series. New York, which held a two-run lead after just four pitches on Tuesday, exploded for four homers and 15 hits in its 12-3 romp.

While Aaron Judge’s early two-run homer set the tone, Nos. 7 and 8 hitters Gleyber Torres and Brett Gardner also made significant impacts. Torres and Gardner combined to go 7-for-9 with a pair of two-run homers, six RBIs and five runs on Tuesday.

Big-game right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (3-3, 3.56 ERA) should not be overtaken by the moment when he toes the rubber on Wednesday. Tanaka, 31, sports a 1.76 ERA and a 0.78 WHIP in eight postseason starts to go along with a 5-3 record.

Cleveland Indians

The fourth-seeded Indians need to gather their senses after being on the business end of a blowout in the series opener. Ace Shane Bieber was battered in a swift and brutal manner, leaving Cleveland to put the ball in the hands of Carrasco (3-4, 2.91 ERA) with its season on the line.

Carrasco, 33, has turned it on over his past six appearances, permitting just seven runs while striking out 43 batters in 38 innings during that stretch. Like Tanaka, Carrasco has handled himself well in the postseason, registering a 1.64 ERA in two career starts.

Potential AL MVP candidate Jose Ramirez has hit safely in 11 of his past 13 games after going 1-for-3 on Tuesday, and each of his past 12 hits have gone for extra bases. Josh Naylor’s four-hit performance accounted for half of Cleveland’s hit total in the series opener, but the 14 strikeouts the team endured likely will be the primary takeaway from the performance at the plate.

Yankees at Indians Betting Pick for September 30, 2020

While one win does not a series make, it is a best-of-three, so there’s no margin for error with Cleveland. The Indians were left on the heels after seeing their ace decked. The house of cards likely will fall on Wednesday.

Yankees at Indians Betting Pick:

Yankees 5, Indians 2

Yankees at Indians Best Bet for September 30, 2020

New York appeared to flex its muscles during the series opener. Given the team’s considerable firepower and streaky nature this season, one has to think that it won’t be a one-off performance.

Yankees at Indians Best Bet: YANKEES win by at least 1.5 runs (+120)

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Brewers at Dodgers Betting Preview: Brewers (+200), Dodgers (-235)

Milwaukee Brewers

Left scrambling for a starter after right-hander Corbin Burnes left his final regular-season outing with a strained oblique, the Brewers figure to take the scrappy approach to Game 1. Left-hander Brent Suter (2-0, 3.13 ERA) will get the start in a bullpen game, hoping to build on his impressive work as an opener this year: 0-0, 1.38 ERA in four games.

What Milwaukee really needs is offense after the team delivered the lowest team batting average in club history, .233. Christian Yelich, the 2018 National League MVP, needs to find his offensive game after batting .205 with a .786 OPS, far below his 1.110 number last season. Keston Hiura’s NL-leading 85 strikeouts did not help the cause either.

Slugger Dan Vogelbach was a quality find off the waiver wire in early September. He delivered 19 hits and four home runs in 19 games for the Brewers, but he came out of Sunday’s regular-season finale with a quadriceps injury. His status for the playoff opener was unknown.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Game 1 starter Walker Buehler (1-0, 3.44 ERA) has spent two stints on the injured list because of a blister on his right index finger, but he showed the Dodgers he is ready to go with four scoreless innings (65 pitches) in a start on Thursday.

On offense, the Dodgers led baseball in home runs (118), runs scored (349) and slugging percentage (.483). Mookie Betts played in just one inning of the final two games after he was hit in the left hip by a pitch, but he is expected to be ready to go Wednesday. Betts and Corey Seager have led a loaded lineup with a combined 31 home runs and 80 RBIs. After a sub-par 2019 season, AJ Pollock matched Betts for the team lead in home runs at 16.

The Dodgers’ bullpen led the NL with a 2.74 ERA and will have Kenley Jansen (11 saves) ready to go. Los Angeles produced a 15-1-4 series record this season.

Brewers at Dodgers Betting Pick for September 30, 2020

Buehler is the starter for Game 1, but the Dodgers figure to lean heavily on a bullpen that was strong all season with Adam Kolarek (0.95 ERA), Dylan Floro (2.59), Jake McGee (2.66), Blake Treinen (3.86), Jansen (3.33) and the emerging Victor Gonzalez (1.33).

The Brewers need to break through against that bunch while stopping baseball’s best offense in the process. Tough task.

Brewers at Dodgers Betting Pick:

Dodgers 8, Brewers 3

Brewers at Dodgers Best Bet for September 30, 2020

The only concern for the favored Dodgers might be looking too far ahead to a World Series and a potential championship, but they showed their focus was just fine by going 10-2 to close out the regular season. Expect the Dodgers to make an early playoff statement.

Brewers at Dodgers Best Bet: DODGERS to win/OVER 8.5 total runs (+185 parlay)

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