It was a thrilling Division Series round of the MLB postseason and now we have a Final Four. Let's look at the LCS odds for both the Junior and Senior Circuits and offer up a pick for the Fall Classic.
The four largest cities population-wise in the USA are all represented in the last four teams of the 2017 MLB Postseason with the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees set to meet in the ALCS and the Los Angeles Dodgers and the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs playing in the NLCS. They are best-of-7 series -- something the ALDS and NLDS drastically need with teams playing 162 games to get to the Postseason and then potentially having just one home game in a best-of-5 (like the Diamondbacks) after all of that work.
The ALCS started Friday and Offshore oddsmakers opened José Altuve (-590 to win AL MVP, 5Dimes), Carlos Correa and the Astros big -190 favorites over Rookie Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius and the Yankees (+165, BetOnline), with the Astors heading in with the Homefield Advantage. Game 2 will be on Saturday before the series heads to the Bronx for Game 3 (Monday), Game 4 (Tuesday) and maybe Game 5 (Wednesday). If necessary, the ALCS will return to Houston -- remember when the Astros were in the NL? -- for a potential Game 6 (Friday, Oct. 20) and World Series ticket-punching Game 7 (Saturday, Oct. 21; Where Will Series Finish? In New York +150, In Houston -170, BetOnline). Houston won the Regular Season series, 5-2.
The NLCS will start on Saturday night at beautiful Chavez Ravine in Los Angeles (LAD 57-24 at Home) with the Dodgers scheduled to start ace Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 against the Cubs, who will have had to endure the stress of an NLDS Game 5, the 2,015 miles of Travel from the Windy City to La La Land as well as the 2 Hour Body Clock difference on top of also having to face the best pitcher in MLB over the last decade. So, nothing big. Game 2 of the NLCS will be in Los Angeles on Sunday (TBS) with the series heading to Chicago and the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field for Game 3 (Tuesday) and Game 4 (Wednesday) and a Game 5 (Thursday, Oct. 19) if needed. The NLCS will return to Dodger Stadium for a Game 6 (Saturday, Oct. 21) and a Game 7 (Sunday, Oct. 22) if necessary. Rookie Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner, Yasiel Puig and Los Doyers -- who ended with an MLB-best Record of 104-58, despite going through a 1-16 stretch late in the Regular Season -- won the Regular Season series over Anthony Rizzo the defending champion Cubs, 4-2. Early money has been on the Yankees and the Dodgers.
Here are your opening ALCS, NLCS and updated World Series odds from popular sportsbooks BetOnline and 5Dimes. All ALCS games will be airing on FS1 while all NLCS games are on TBS. The 2017 World Series is scheduled to begin on October 24 and could run up until Wednesday, November 1.ALCS Odds
Houston Astros -165 (Open -190)
New York Yankees +145 (+165)NLCS Odds
Los Angeles Dodgers -205
Chicago Cubs +1652017 World Series Odds
Los Angeles Dodgers +185
Houston Astros +225
Chicago Cubs +365
New York Yankees +430
World Series Pick: Dodgers +185Best Line Offered: 5Dimes