The underdogs have dominated the MLB postseason thus far. Let's see if this trend continues as there are four games to choose from & plenty of profit making opportunities.
New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers: Best Pitching In Baseball
I'm talking about both teams with the Mets depth and the Dodgers combination of Kershaw and Greinke. The Dodgers get the home game with the pitcher that they want on the mound. Although Zack Greinke might have the better season, Clayton Kershaw is the ace of the Dodgers staff and when he's hot, there's nobody better in baseball.
From an offensive perspective, this is where the Dodgers are lacking as Adrian Gonzalez is their best hitter. The Mets, who formerly were weak in the offensive department, have woken up as Daniel Murphy has been the model of consistency, Curtis Granderson and Lucas Duda have provided the power and Yoenis Cespedes has provided that spark that New York had desperately needed in the first half of the season.
Tonight, it's Jacob deGrom and Clayton Kershaw. We don't need to provide numbers here as Kershaw has had a couple of poor outings this season, but has also had the best outings that we've seen from any pitcher this season. What the Mets will get out of deGrom (14-8, 2.54) is consistency. He's been the ace of this Mets staff and is much better than his numbers indicate. The key to this game will be "Can the Mets score a run or two off of Clayton Kershaw or can they push the Dodgers pitching staff into their bullpen"
The betting odds are very steep with L.A. as an almost 2/1 betting favorite and the total is very low at 5.5 (+100). These pitchers are so good, that you will see just a couple of runs scored in this game. Take the under with confidence.
MLB Pick: New York Mets & Los Angeles Dodgers UNDER 5.5 (+100) at 5Dimes
Chicago Cubs at St.Louis Cardinals: A Repeat of the Astros-Royals Game 1
Jon Lester (11-12,3.34) might not be as good as Jake Arrieta and the Cardinals might have the best record in all of baseball, but I'm a big believer in momentum.
The Astros had the momentum from Dallas Keuchel and the Cubbies will have the momentum from Jake Arrieta. The Cubs are a team that's starving to win as they haven't won a World Series in over 100 years. They're certainly getting closer with players like Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant. One more elite pitcher on the staff and this team is World Series material. Jon Lester might not be elite, but when he's good, just like Clayton Kershaw, he's unhittable. The only difference with Lester is that he's not going to go the entire 9 innings.
People focus on Arrieta, but what they don't realize is that the Cubs come into this game on a 9 game winning streak with the Wild Card Game included.
Because Pittsburgh played so well in the regular season, this overshadowed the Chicago Cubs accomplishments, but there's no team hotter coming into this NLDS. In their last 9 games, the Cubs have allowed a mere 9 runs scored. As I've stated earlier, this is Anthony Rizzo's breakout season and Kris Bryant is ahead of his time on the time table of where he should be at as a rookie. Look for Lester come with "guns 'a' blazing" as the Chicago Cubs take game one from the complacent St. Louis Cardinals.
MLB Pick: Chicago Cubs (+102) at 5Dimes