After an exciting Divisional Series, we now move onto the Championship Series with four teams fighting for two spots in the World Series.
On the American League side, the Boston Red Sox are taking on the Houston Astros in a rematch of the 2018 ALCS. On the National League side, it is a rematch of last year’s NLCS as the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers square off.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the updated odds to win the World Series this postseason.
Los Angeles Dodgers (+130)
The Dodgers have already felt stress this postseason. After winning a nail-biting 3-1 win over the Cardinals in the Wild Card, L.A. and the Giants went the distance in the NLDS before the Dodgers finally walked away with the series victory.
Now, the Dodgers take on the Braves in a best of seven with the winner earning the right to a World Series berth.
For the Dodgers, they have the best pitching staff in the majors. They rank first in staff ERA (2.97), first in scoring defense (3.40 runs allowed per game), and first in run differential (+279).
With Max Scherzer (7-0, 1.98 ERA), Walker Buehler (16-4, 2.47 ERA), and Julio Urias (20-3, 2.96 ERA) leading the way, the Dodgers’ rotation is a tough matchup for any opposing team.
Offensively, catcher Will Smith (.286 avg., 2 HR, 3 RBI) and Mookie Betts (.458 avg., HR, 4 RBI, 2 SB) have both gotten off to a great start in the postseason.
As a whole this season, the Dodgers rank fifth in scoring averaging 5.07 runs per game.
Houston Astros (+180)
The Houston Astros kicked off their ALCS against the Boston Red Sox with a 5-4 win Friday night. The bullpen gave up just one run in 6.1 innings, and both Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa homered in the victory.
It is not surprising that Houston was able to put up runs as they have the best offense in baseball this season. They rank first in scoring (5.39), first in batting average (.268), first in on base percentage (.340), and second in run differential (+218).
This postseason, Jose Altuve (.316 avg., 2 HR, 6 RBI), Kyle Tucker (2 HR, 7 RBI, 2 SB), and Carlos Correa (.471, HR, 5 RBI) have led the Astros’ attack.
The biggest concern for the Astros right now is their pitching. Their ace, Lance McCullers Jr., was left off of the ALCS roster as he is dealing with forearm tightness. While manager Dusty Baker indicated that an MRI revealed no structural damage, it appears he won’t be ready until the World Series at the earliest.
Atlanta Braves (+550)
The Braves and Dodgers are set to square off starting Saturday evening. In their head-to-head matchup this season, the Braves went just 2-4; however, they did go 2-1 at home against L.A. With home-field advantage, they are hoping to get off to a fast start over the weekend.
In the NLDS, their pitching staff was fantastic. In fact, they allowed the Brewers just a combined six runs in four games including back-to-back shutouts in Games 2 and 3.
Their key starters include Max Fried (14-7, 3.04 ERA), Charlie Morton (14-6, 3.34 ERA), Ian Anderson (9-5, 3.58 ERA), and Huascar Ynoa (4-6, 4.05 ERA).
Offensively, the biggest producers thus far for the Braves have been Joc Pederson (.429 avg., 2 HR, 5 RBI), Freddie Freeman (.308 avg., HR, 2 RBI), and Austin Riley (.333 avg., HR, RBI). There is no doubt they miss Ronald Acuna Jr., but don’t be mistaken, this Braves team can still put up runs.
Boston Red Sox (+600)
As previously mentioned, the Boston Red Sox fell to a 0-1 hole in the ALCS with a loss Friday in Houston; however, don’t count Boston out yet.
In the ALDS, Boston lost their first game against Tampa Bay before rattling off three straight wins.
Kike Hernandez has been a one-man wrecking crew this postseason. In 28 at bats, he is hitting .500/.500/1.071 with four home runs, eight runs batted in, and seven runs scored. In the first game of the ALCS, he went four for five with two home runs against the Astros.
The biggest concern for the Red Sox is their pitching. During the regular season, Nathan Eovaldi went 11-9 with a 3.75 ERA and Chris Sale went 5-1 with a 3.16 ERA, but there are a bunch of question marks after that.
Eduardo Rodriguez (13-8, 4.74 ERA) and Nick Pivetta (9-8, 4.53 ERA) might pick up starts in this series, but the Red Sox will rely heavily on their bullpen for the rest of the postseason.
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