Publish Date: October 8, 2021
Fact checked by: David Genge
The first Friday of the MLB postseason is here and it is going to be a good one. It is the only day of the playoff schedule that guarantees four games will be played. First up is the White Sox, at the Astros followed by Braves at Brewers, Red Sox at Rays and it’s capped off by Dodgers at Giants. Below you can find the best bets for all four of these games, and throughout the whole postseason you can bet every matchup with the help of Betting.net’s best baseball odds. All odds provided in this article are from the FanDuel Sportsbook.
After scoring runs in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings, Houston had no problems in their 6-1 Game 1 win. It should come as no surprise that again the Astros will be heavy favorites going into game 2. Framber Valdez will take the mound for the Astros and try to replicate the success that last night’s pitching staff had. Valdez has a 3-1 playoff record in four games and only a 1.88 ERA in those appearances.
Lucas Giolito will look to cool down the Astros’ red hot bats as the starter for the White Sox. The righty has been peaking during the last two months of the season and hasn’t given up more than two runs in eight of his last nine starts. When betting this matchup I’m going under 8.5 (-135) points as this could easily turn into a pitching duel. I also see the Astros winning this game, although maybe less convincingly. Take them to cover the spread.
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Charlie Morton (14-6, 3.34 ERA) gets the start for Atlanta while Corbin Burnes (11-5, 2.43 ERA) is on the mound for the Brewers. The edge here goes to Milwaukee’s ace Burnes, however the one time he faced Atlanta they got nine hits and five runs off of him.
Baseball ultimately is one of the biggest games of momentum. Atlanta’s won 12 of their last 14 while the Brew Crew lost nine of their last 14. Take the Braves even with them on the road facing the Brewers ace. You can learn even more baseball betting tips with Betting.net’s Baseball Betting Strategy Guide.
After defeating their arch-rival Yankees in the Wild Card, the Red Sox dropped Game 1 to their fellow AL East member Rays 5-0. Good news for the Sox is they have their ace tonight, Chris Sale (3.16 ERA) going up against the rookie Shane Baz. Baz doesn’t have a ton of work in the MLB, but his limited sample size has been good enough to earn the Game 2 start.
Boston needs this win before they head back to bean-town and I see them getting it. Take the Red Sox moneyline.
The nightcap NL West showdown is going to be a fun series to watch. Both of these teams hold the two best regular season records in baseball with 107 and 106 games won. Even with 106 wins, Los Angeles barely made it out of the Wild Card round on a ninth inning walk-off home run.
Although both of these franchises have had numerous trips to the playoffs, this will be the first time they’ve ever met in the postseason. Coming off a career season, Walker Buehler (2.47 ERA) gets the start for the Dodgers. Facing off against the boys in blue will be the 24 year old Logan Webb (3.03 ERA) making his playoff debut. The Giants may not have the big names like the Dodgers do, but this is a ball club that has been underestimated all season.
Take the Giants as the home underdogs and look at taking them to win it all. The team with the most wins in baseball is only given the fourth best odds (+750) to capture the world series.
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