MLB Betting: Division Series Preview

MLB Betting: Division Series Preview

This article is part of our MLB Betting series.

Wild Card Results

Hits: I recommended the Rays -195, Astros +134, Dodgers -250, which each hit.

Misses: I missed on the White Sox +107 series bet, although I called them winning Game 1. I liked the Reds +113, even though I liked the Braves to win Game 1. 

Stay Aways: I thought the Indians +110, Padres -210, Cubs -177 were the best bets in those series, but I didn't like those odds enough to recommend a wager.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

5 Yankees vs. 1 Rays (at Petco Park)

The Yankees are relatively healthy while the Rays may once again be without Austin Meadows (oblique), although he has advanced to live at-bats, so he may make a go of it while clearly not being 100 percent healthy.

Projected rotations:

Game 1: Gerrit Cole vs. Blake Snell (L)

Game 2: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Tyler Glasnow

Game 3: J.A. Happ (L) vs. Charlie Morton

Game 4: Yankees bullpen vs. Ryan Yarbrough (L)

Game 5: Yankees bullpen vs. Rays bullpen

Road wRC+ vs. RHP: Yankees 87, Rays 104

Road wRC+ vs. LHP: Yankees 85, Rays 107

The Rays have the pitching edge in Games 2-5 while the Yankees' lineup might be more imposing, now that they are at full strength. Tampa Bay is well-positioned to do damage against left-handed pitching, which is probably the most interesting aspect of this series. Will the Yankees let southpaws J.A. Happ or Jordan Montgomery log more than a couple of innings apiece in this series? Will the Rays have

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