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We took home a small profit on Friday, splitting our(+125) and (+210) bets at plus money, with our championship series record moving to 7-4.
Here's what's on tap for a massive day of baseball Saturday:
Braves (+130) at Dodgers (-150), 4:38 p.m. ET
Desperate to avoid a Game 7, the Braves give the ball to. There’s no one that manager Brian Snitker would rather put on the mound to start with Atlanta nearing its first World Series berth since 1999. And there are few hurlers the want to see less than the 26-year-old who's put together a sensational breakout season.
Marlins-Braves NLDS preview: Schedule, prediction, pitchers for showdown between rivals
The National League East rival Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins meet in the NLDS at Minute Maid Park in Houston.Very quietly, the Atlanta Braves are building a dynasty in the National League East. They’ve won three consecutive division titles, a fact likely lost on many fans because they dipped out of the playoffs quickly in 2018 and 2019.
Fried was spectacular in Game 1, limiting the Dodgers to one run on four hits scattered across six innings with nine strikeouts. The outing was in line with the lefty's solid regular season. He allowed the lowest hard-hit percentage among starters this season (minimum 100 plate appearances against), and Fried was second in average exit velocity against. He simply doesn’t allow good contact, which was reflected in his 0.32 HR/9 rate that ranked third in MLB.
The Dodgers counter with, who was expected to produce a season on par with Fried's campaign. It didn’t go as planned for the 26-year-old, with his numbers paling in comparison to his opponent on Saturday - .396 to .289 xSLG, 36.6 to 23.8 hard-hit rate, 6.5 to 3.3 barrel percentage.
'This is the player he was supposed to be': Travis d'Arnaud finds home, success in playoffs with Braves
After a three-team 2019, Travis d'Arnaud put it all together this season and is a big reason the Braves are in the NLCS for the first time since 2001.It also says a lot about Travis d’Arnaud.
Buehler’s struggles have carried into the postseason, when he’s uncharacteristically walked 7.62 batters per nine innings. He issued five free passes to Braves hitters over five innings in Game 1. Don’t expect that rate to suddenly drop now, as just two teams walked more than Atlanta during the regular season.
This is the Braves' moment, and the stage is set for them to extend their stay in Arlington.
Pick: Braves (+130)
Astros (+100) at Rays (-120), 8:37 p.m.
There’s nothing quite like the pageantry of a Game 7, and we'll get a pitching matchup worthy of the occasion tonight at Petco. The Game 2 clash betweenand was an absolute pleasure, with both pitchers showcasing some of their best stuff.
Morton won after allowing just five hits over five scoreless innings, though McCullers recovered well from a difficult first inning to strike out 11 batters across seven frames while giving up four runs (one earned). The pitchers did benefit from the early start time, with shadows creeping in and making life difficult for hitters. That won't be the case tonight with the late first pitch.
Opinion: Rick Renteria's firing highlights cruelties, inequities toward MLB managers in era of the rebuild
Rick Renteria just guided the White Sox to a 35-25 record and first playoff appearance since 2008. But that wasn't enough to save his job.That doesn’t erase the ugly lens through which baseball views him:
Both teams will be feeling confident in their pitchers tonight, and while McCullers has been throwing better lately, Morton’s veteran savvy is invaluable for the. With him on the mound, and both and getting yesterday off, the Rays' pitching formula is in place to get the 27 outs they need.
But the momentum in this series has swung in a rare way, and Rays manager Kevin Cash can't be pleased with how his lineup is seeing the ball right now.and have been the lone bright spots for Tampa this postseason, and the only regular starters batting over .250. In contrast, five Astros starters are sitting above .280, and four are over .310.
While I don’t love fading the Rays' likely pitching approach, I can’t justify backing their reeling lineup at this price, as tragic as that outcome will be for my abundance of Tampa futures. I begrudgingly feel much more comfortable taking plus money with an Astros lineup in a real groove at the plate.
Pick: Astros (+100)
Alex Moretto is a sports betting writer for theScore. A journalism graduate from Guelph-Humber University, he has worked in sports media for over a decade. He will bet on anything from the Super Bowl to amateur soccer, is too impatient for futures, and will never trust a kicker. Find him on Twitter.
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