MLB Playoffs Betting Tips
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Football players complain about the number of games that they have to play in a season. What on earth would they be saying if their chosen sport to play was baseball? Since March of this year, each Major League Baseball (MLB) team has played 162 fixtures. That’s just the regular season and October will see more games played until we finally get to the best-of-seven World Series. Sites such as William Hill will have excellent odds on the upcoming games, so register with them now.
Sportytrader will be previewing the top matches that will be taking place in the MLB as the road to the World Series gets ever closer. Our team of betting experts will analyse the latest action and do their very best to provide you with some winning tips.
Who will win the World Series?
That is the question that will be asked by all baseball fans this month. It's been a popular question ever since the 2018 World Series was won by the Boston Red Sox last October. The one fact we know for certain is that there will be new champions crowned this year. The Boston Red Sox finished third in the American League East with an 84-78 record, not even good enough to get into the postseason matches. Below are the current odds:
- Houston Astros 2/1
- Los Angeles Dodgers 3/1
- New York Yankees 9/2
- Atlanta Braves 15/2
- Minnesota Twins 14/1
- Washington Nationals 14/1
- St Louis Cardinals 16/1
- Oakland Athletics 18/1
- Tampa Bay Rays 25/1
- Milwaukee Brewers 25/1
The Road to the World Series
The MLB is split into two leagues, the American League and the National League. The format is similar to that of American Football. The two leagues are split into three divisions – East, Central and West – each having five teams.
Six teams have qualified for the Division Series with four more going into the wild card matches. The wild card round is a one-off match with the winners going into the Division Series. There they play a best-of-five series. The two winners in each league then face off in the Championship series which is fought out over seven matches. These matches produce the two league winners who then meet each other in the best-of-seven World Series to crown the champions. So, there’s a lot of baseball to be played this month and we’ll have plenty of coverage and details of the latest odds for you.
Wild Card Matches
American League – Oakland Athletics v Tampa Bay Rays
These two teams had nearly identical records in the regular season. Oakland had a 97-65 season record, while Tampa Bay’s was 96-66. The two teams have met seven times this season with Oakland winning four of them.
Oakland finished second in the American League West and are making their fourth appearance in the play-offs as one of the wild card teams. Tampa Bay ended the season second in the America League East and won their previous wild card game back in 2013.
National League - Washington Nationals v Millwaukee Brewers
Washington Nationals qualified for the wild card match by finishing second in the National League East with a 93-69 season record. That has given them home advantage in this game, which is their first as a wild card team. They host the Milwaukee Brewers (89-73) who didn’t confirm their place in this match until the final day of the regular season. They finished second in the National League Central behind the St Louis Cardinals.
Once the wild card games have been played, we will be down to the last eight teams in the competition. There are two games in each of the leagues and the best-of-five games will produce plenty of excitement. Games may ebb and flow with one side taking the lead only for the other side to mount a comeback. If we get to a final match decider then the excitement will begin to overflow.
In the American League, the winner of the wild card match takes on the Houston Astros who as you can see above are the favourites to win the 2019 World Series. They finished top of the American League West with a 107-55 season record, the best in the American League. The Astros became the first team since Texan Rangers in 2002-04 to win at least 100 games in the regular season for three years in a row.
They could face Oakland who were also in that division but won ten games less. Houston will have the advantage of playing the first match at home, that means three out of the possible five games would be played in Houston. Considering they won 60 out of 81 home games in the regular season, that's a big advantage for the Astros. The first match of the series takes place on October 4.
We already know the other game in the American League Division Series. The New York Yankees will be facing the Minnesota Twins with the first of a possible five games taking pace on October 4. The Yankees are another side that got to the three figures mark in terms of regular season wins. They finished top of the American League East with a 103-59 record. That's the first time they have won the American League East since 2012. They haven't won the World Series since 2009.
The Minnesota Twins last won the World Series 18 years ago. This season saw them get through the 100 win barrier as they won the American League Central with a 101-61 record. It's the first time they have won that title since 2010 and have done so in their first season under Rocco Baldelli. They are only the third seeds (the Yankees are seeded second) but their record is the best a third seeded team has ever achieved. The Twins totalled 307 home runs in the regular season, the most by a team in a season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are the number one seeds in the National League. Not since 1988 have they won the World Series but they are knocking on the door. The past two seasons has seen them lose in the World Series match. No side has lost three in a row since the New York Giants between 1911 and 1913. It's not a record that the Dodgers will want to equal. They had a 106-56 record when winning the National League West, 21 wins more than their nearest rivals the Arizona Diamondbacks. Their 106 wins is a record for the franchis. It's the seventh year in a row they have won the title and in the Division Series match will meet either Washington or Milwaukee with the first match set for October 3. Bet365 will be offering odds on all the games, so click here to access the site.
The other National League match-up in the Division Series sees Atlanta Braves face the St Louis Cardinals with the first match taking place on October 3. Atlanta last won the World Series in 1995 and have lost two finals since then but none this century. They finished top of the National League East with a 97-65 record, winning that title for the second successive year. To qualify for the League Championship Series, they need to get past St Louis who are the National League Central winners. They had a 91-71 season record, just two ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers. That was their first title since 2015.
The first National League Championship Series match takes place on October 11 with the American League beginning their Championship Series the following day. Once those matches have been won, it's time for the World Series with that beginning on October 22. We will be providing you with expert tips throughout the month and helping you to get some good winners as the baseball season reaches its climax.