Houston Astros vs. L.A. Dodgers Odds - Free World Series Game 2 Pick
On the Wednesday MLB card, we have Game 2 of the 2017 World Series with the 108-66 Houston Astros battling the 112-59 L.A. at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California tonight. The first pitch at Dodgers Stadium is scheduled for 8:09 PM ET.
The betting board at 5Dimes has the Dodgers as a small -112 moneyline favorite in Game 2 over the Astros (+107). The total line is offered up at 7ov -115.
In the first game of this series yesterday, the Dodgers beat the Astros 3-1 on the back of a brilliant performance by Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw held the Astros to three hits over seven innings striking out 11 with zero walks. Overall in the game the Dodgers scored three runs on six hits (two home runs) and the Astros scored one run on only three hits (one home run).
This season the Astros rank 1st in the Majors in runs scored and 11th in team ERA.
The Dodgers rank 12th in the Majors in runs scored and 2nd in team ERA.
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Pitching Match Up
Houston: Justin Verlander (15-8 3.36 ERA)
L.A. Rich Hill (12-8 3.32 ERA)
Justin Verlander goes for the Astros tonight and he started Game 6 of the ALCS and pitched a complete game giving up one earned run on five hits in a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees. He was named the MVP of the ALCS, as the Astros won both of his starts where he went 16 innings, only allowed one earned run, struck out 21, and only gave up 10 hits. Houston has won all nine of his appearances, including eight starts, since coming over in a trade with the Detroit Tigers and in his four playoff appearances, including thee starts, this season he has given up four earned runs in 24 innings of work. While Verlander is a solid 11-5 in his career in the playoffs he is 0-3 with a less than stellar ERA of 7.20 in three World Series starts while with the Tigers.
Rich Hill gets the nod for the Dodgers in this Game 2 and his last start was in the NLCS where he went five innings and gave up one earned run on three hits in a 4-1 win over the Chicago Cubs. In this post-season he has two starts where he has totaled nine innings and given up three earned runs and in six career playoff starts he is 1-2 with an ERA of 3.96. This game will be Hill’s first career World Series start. Overall, the Dodgers have won Hill’s last five starts and have won his last four home starts.
The Dodgers are 7-1 in their last 7 home games against the Astros.
In the last 5 games between these teams the total has gone Under every time.
In the last 5 games between these teams in L.A. the Under record is 3-1-1.
This season the Dodgers are 62-24 at home and the Astros are 54-33 on the road.
Straight Up / Over/Under / Run Line Records
Houston Astros: 108-66 SU / O/U 87-78 / Run Line W/L 89-85
L.A. Dodgers: 112-59 SU / O/U 81-84 / Run Line W/L 89-81
Houston at L.A. Key Betting Trends
- HOU is 1-7 in their last 8 playoff road games
- HOU is 0-4 in their last 4 road games
- HOU has an Over record of 7-2 in their last 9 games vs. a left-handed starter
- LAD is 8-1 in their last 9 playoff games
- LAD is 5-0 in their last 5 playoff home games
- LAD has an Under record of 5-1-1 in their last 7 games
Key Player Injuries
[P] 10/01/2017 - Brady Rodgers 60-day DL (08/31) ( Elbow )
[P] 10/01/2017 - David Paulino 60-day DL (10/01) ( Elbow )
[CF] 09/14/2017 - Jake Marisnick out indefinitely ( Thumb )
[P] 04/20/2017 - Jandel Gustave 60-day DL (04/19) ( Elbow )
[LF] 09/30/2017 - O' Koyea Dickson 60-day DL (09/29) ( Shoulder )
[1B] 09/27/2017 - Adrian Gonzalez out for season ( Back )
[P] 09/22/2017 - Josh Ravin 60-day DL (09/18) ( Abdominal )
[P] 07/28/2017 - Grant Dayton 60-day DL (07/28) ( Neck )
[LF] 06/25/2017 - Franklin Gutierrez 60-day DL (06/25) ( Back )
[P] 06/05/2017 - Adam Liberatore 10-day DL (05/31) ( Forearm )
[P] 05/27/2017 - Scott Kazmir 60-day DL (03/30) ( Hip )
[CF] 05/27/2017 - Andrew Toles 60-day DL (05/10) ( ACL )
[P] 03/31/2017 - Yimi Garcia 60-day DL (02/15) ( Elbow )
Houston Astros vs. L.A. Dodgers Prediction
The Astros had won their last two games before falling to the Dodgers in the first game of the World Series. After beating the Boston Red Sox on the road to close out the ALDS, Houston has lost their last four road playoffs games. They scored 11 runs in the last two wins of the ALCS before only scoring one in the first game of this series. The Dodgers have won two in a row overall and they have only lost one game in the playoffs. Their pitching has been superb, as they only gave up eight runs in the five games in the NLCS and held the Astros to a single run last night. Verlander has been lights out in the playoffs going 4-0 with an ERA of only 1.46, but he has been less than stellar in his three career World Series starts. While Hill has not been lights out he has been solid in the post-season even though he has only two starts and lasted nine innings. Both will have good outings and this game will be like Game 1 in a low scoring affair, which the Dodgers will win and head to Houston with a 2-0 lead in the series.
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