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MLB Postseason Week Two Recap and TV Schedule by Chris Watford for NoLuckNeeded.com
With the first round of the playoffs finished and the Yankees being eliminated from championship contention, itís time to take a look at whatís ahead for the four remaining teams: Astros, Brewers, Red Sox, and the Dodgers.
LA Dodgers (-165) @ Milwaukee Brewers (+145) FS1 this Friday (10/12), at 8:09 PM ET
I donít think that many people expected this type of dominance from the Brewers - but here we are. Second round of the postseason and the Brewers are right here in the middle of it, winning 11 straight games. While the odds have the Dodgers winning the series, (Dodgers -165, Brewers, +145) you canít count the Brewers out quite yet. Theyíre sitting on home field advantage, an 11 game win streak, and the sheer firepower that they have is no laughing matter. On the flipside, the Dodgers are also the best scoring team in the NL - leading in home runs and runs, with seven players hitting at least 20 home runs. Theyíve kept up with that trend during their series against the Braves where they hit eight home runs and averaged five runs per game.
The Dodgers are going to be starting off the series strong with starting their star pitcher Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw pitched eight scoreless innings in game two against the Braves where he only gave up two hits and struck out three. The Brewers pitcher has not been announced yet. Watch game one on FS1 this Friday (10/12), at 8:09 PM ET.
Houston Astros (-150) @ Boston Red Sox (+130) TBS Saturday (10/13) at 8:09 PM ET.
Will the defending Champs make it back to the World Series? Well, itís certainly been looking like it and the odds have the Astros at winning this upcoming series (Astros -150, Red Sox +130). Although there is absolutely no reason to count out the Red Sox with how dominant they have been throughout the regular season and the playoffs: winning 108 games and demolishing the Yankees. Letís not forget the fact that Aaron Boone hit a cycle for the first time in postseason history, but all of the Yankees fans had left by then with the score sitting at 16-1.
One of the main talking points in this series is going to be the battle between Houstonís elite defense and Bostonís stellar offense. The Astros dominated the league in runs allowed with 543 runs while the second closest team was the Dodgers with 610. On the other hand, Boston took the league by storm in a fury of runs, leading the entire league in runs scored. Starting the series is going to be a matchup between two elite pitchers with Justin Verlander starting for Houston, opposite of Chris Sale. Verlander pitched recently in his series against the Indians where he allowed two runs and struck out seven, leading to a win for the Astros. Saleís stats are comparable to Verlanderís for this postseason, where he allowed two runs and struck out nine in the series against the Yankees. Catch game one of this series this Saturday (10/13), on TBS at 8:09 PM ET.
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