Major League Baseball: World Series- Game 1 HOU vs. LA
Best-of-7: Series Tied 0-0
Starting Pitchers: HOU- Keuchel (LHP) LA- Kershaw (LHP)
Houston Astros (101-61, 53-28 away) at Los Angeles Dodgers (104-58, 57-24 home)
October 24, 2017- 8:09 PM ET (TV FOX) Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
At 5:09 PM Pacific Time at Dodger Stadium, the 2017 World Series will officially be under way as the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers will battle in a 7-game series for the right to be crowned the best in all of baseball. With Game 1 scheduled at Dodger Stadium to begin what should be an exciting series, the betting lines from our best sportsbooks are as follow;
Best Astros Lines: 5Dimes ML (+158) Spread +1.5
Best Dodgers Lines: 5Dimes ML (-164) Spread -1.5
Over/Under: MyBookie 7.0
In what will be a showdown of the two best teams in baseball during the regular-season, the Astros/Dodgers has all the makings to be a good one. And why not as for the first time since 1970, two 100-win teams will square off.
Houston captured 100-wins on their way to winning the American League Championship, while the Dodgers recorded an ML-best 104-wins, blowing out the competition to take home the National League crown.
Hoping this year’s version of the Fall Classic can top last season’s thriller, Game 1 will get it started with a marquee matchup between two southpaw aces who are former Cy Young Award winners.
Taking the mound on Tuesday to get it started for the Astros will be Houston’s Dallas Keuchel as he will aim to outduel Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers.
For postseason records between the two left-handers, Keuchel in six career playoff games is 4-1 with a 2.59 ERA. Keuchel went 1-1 in the ALCS against the New York Yankees posting a 3.09 ERA. Kershaw for his part in the postseason is 6-7 with a 4.40 ERA. Kershaw got the Game 5 clinching victory at Wrigley Field last week after getting a no-decision in Game 1.
In team comparisons, the Astros may be most balanced team as they have it all when it comes to pitching, offense, baserunning and defense. For the Dodgers, they have great depth from top to bottom in the lineup, while doing a great job of wearing down opposing pitchers.
Game 2 on Wednesday will feature RHP Justin Verlander versus LHP Rich Hill.
With plenty of sock on both teams, this may come down to the bullpen… an advantage I see the Dodgers holding. As for the series opener for sports betting purposes for our US players, 5Dimes is favoring LA (-164 ML) over HOU with an over/under of 7.0 total game runs scored from MyBookie.
Feeling both hurlers will be on the mark, I will favor the UNDER of 7.0 total game runs scored as my best betting pick.