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Betting 101: How to bet on 2020 World Series

SBW Feed - Tue, 2020-10-27 12:43

Looking to get some betting action on the 2020 World Series? SportsbookWire.com has you covered with a full Betting 101 guide to Major League Baseball and the World Series. We’ll be providing game-by-game picks throughout baseball’s 2020 championship series, and here we’ll go over all the key terms you need to know to place a legal, online MLB bet.

Also see: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay Rays World Series Game 6 odds, picks and best bets

2020 World Series betting: Bet types Money line

The money line is the most straight-forward bet of all sports bets. Simply pick which team will win a given game. Opposing teams will be expressed as a favorite or an underdog (more on this below) with favorites being given odds of -100 or lower and underdogs generally getting plus-money at odds of +105 or higher.

Against the spread (ATS)/Run line

On against the spread bets, lopsided matchups are handicapped by giving favorites a line of -1.5 or -2.5  for them to win by 2 or 3 runs instead of the outright/straight-up victory.

Underdogs will get lines of +1.5 or +2.5 on the other side, and they’ll need to stay within either 1 or 2 runs in a loss or win outright in order to cover the spread.

Over/Under (Total)

The Over/Under asks for how many runs the two teams will combine to score in a game. Odds are typically equal on lines ranging from 5.5 to 9.5 (or higher).

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Series line

The series line is a form of futures bet asking for the outcome of an event at a later date. Odds will adjust based on the results of each game, injuries or other factors. The closer a team comes to securing the World Series victory, the less profitable their odds will be.

Prop bets

Prop bets can be available for the series as a whole or for an individual game, team or player. These allow bettors to predict statistical accomplishments of players or teams, or winners of awards such as World Series MVP.

2020 World Series betting: Key terms Favorites

The favorite is the team viewed as more likely to win the game. In a regular season, home-field advantage can also factor into the betting odds and lines, though that won’t be the case this year with the World Series being played at the neutral site of Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Still, the official home team will have the advantage of batting last each game and that’ll be weighed into the odds.

Underdogs

Underdogs are given higher odds to win the game to represent their lower implied win probability. They need to pull the upset and generally are given plus-money odds to do so.

Chalk

Though it’s unlikely to be seen in the World Series, chalk is the term used for low odds that often aren’t worth a bet due to the risk associated with a very small return on a winning ticket.

2020 World Series betting: How do odds work?

With the AL and NL champions meeting in the evenly-matched, best-of-seven World Series money line odds should stay within -200 for the favorites and +200 for the underdogs. A $100 wager would return a profit of $50 or $200, respectively, with a win by either side.

Run line or Over/Under odds will usually be equal on both sides of the lines and can range from a more conservative -105 to -125. The lower the number, the more likely the sportsbook views that result.

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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Dodgers World Series Game 6 odds, picks and prediction

SBW Feed - Tue, 2020-10-27 12:41

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to win the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays in Tuesday’s Game 6 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The first pitch is scheduled for 8:08 p.m. ET. Since the Dodgers had the better regular-season record, they are the official home team and will be batting in the bottom of the inning in Game 6 and 7 (if necessary).

Below, we analyze the Rays-Dodgers World Series Game 6 MLB betting odds and lines, with picks and predictions.

Series: Dodgers lead 3-2.

Rays vs. Dodgers: Projected starting pitchers
  • LHP Blake Snell vs. RHP Tony Gonsolin

Snell (regular season): 4-2 with a 3.24 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 11.3 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 in 50 IP across 11 starts.

  • 2020 postseason: 2-2 with a 3.33 ERA, 18 H, 28 K and 14 BB in 24 1/3 IP over 5 starts.
  • Snell battled for 4 2/3 IP in Tampa Bay’s Game 2 win. He struck out 9 batters, walked 4 and allowed just 2 hits but gave up a 2-run home run to Dodgers OF Chris Taylor in the fifth inning.

Gonsolin (regular season): 2-2 with a 2.31 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, 8.9 K/9 and 1.4 BB/9 in 46 2/3 IP across 9 games (8 starts).

  • 2020 postseason: 0-2 with a 9.39 ERA, 6 H, 9 K and 7 BB in 7 2/3 IP over 3 games (2 starts).
  • Gonsolin was Game 2’s losing pitcher because of a first-inning solo home run hit by Rays 2B Brandon Lowe, which was Gonsolin’s only run allowed. He was on a short leash as he was pulled after 1 1/3 IP with 1 hit, 1 strikeout and 1 walk.
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Rays vs. Dodgers: Key injuries

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Rays vs. Dodgers: Odds, lines, picks and betting tips

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Prediction

Rays 7, Dodgers 4

Money line (ML)

The Dodgers (-129) turned to LHP Clayton Kershaw in Game 5 to take control of the World Series and he delivered. Kershaw threw 5 2/3 frames, while striking out 6 and giving up only two runs to earn his second win of the World Series (Game 1).

The Rays (+115) need 2018 Cy Young Snell to keep their season alive and their bullpen to continue to be more reliable. Expect to see a similar pitcher sequence for the Dodgers as Game 2, going to the bullpen early and often. In Game 2, L.A. pulled Gonsolin after 1 1/3 innings and used seven pitchers.

Tampa Bay had 23 fewer strikes by contact with four fewer batters faced in Game 2. How I interpret that is the Rays hitters are better locating pitches from L.A.’s bullpen than the Dodgers are versus Tampa Bay relievers.

Also, we’ve seen the Dodgers make fielding mistakes, and just putting the ball in play increases the probability of errors. L.A. has four errors in this series and Tampa Bay hasn’t committed one.

I’ll take the RAYS (+115) to send the World Series to Game 7 because of their sturdier bullpen and the starting pitching matchup.

Run line/Against the spread (ATS)

PASS on the listed run line price because the insurance is too expensive.

  • Rays +1.5 (-189)
  • Dodgers -1.5 (+155)

Just to get a little extra value, and keeping in mind only Game 4 was decided by a single run, I’ll PUT A 1/4 UNIT ON RAYS -1.5 (+170) on the alternate run line.

Over/Under (O/U)

Five of the six World Series games have gone Over the total and it’s as simple as the hitting is more locked in than the pitching. I expect this trend to continue with Game 6 going OVER 8 (-115). The market is hitting the Over with 64% of the money wagered on the Over, according to Pregame.com, and I say we side with the market here.

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World Series Prop Bet Payday: 5 Los Angeles Dodgers prop bet predictions for Game 6

SBW Feed - Tue, 2020-10-27 11:38

The Los Angeles Dodgers can claim their first World Series since 1988 with a win vs. the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday in Game 6. First pitch is scheduled for 8:08 p.m. ET (on FOX) at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Below, we suggest five Dodgers prop bets to consider from the BetMGM game menu.

Best-of-seven series: Dodgers lead 3-2 – after Sunday’s 4-2 victory in Game 5. Monday was an off-day.

5 Los Angeles Dodgers player prop bet predictions for Game 6 of the World Series

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 12:38 p.m. ET.

RF Mookie Betts OVER 0.5 stolen bases (+475)

We lost this prop in Game 5 with Betts going 1-for-5 with a double and really never having a chance to swipe a base. He had two stolen bases in Game 1 and two more in Game 3. Here’s to Mookie stealing at least one in Game 6.

SS Corey Seager OVER 0.5 home runs (+425)

Seager, who is 8-for-17 (.471) with 2 HRs in the World Series, hit homers in Games 2 and 4. If he sticks to the trend, he goes yard in Game 6.

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Seager OVER 0.5 RBIs (+165)

Sticking with the Dodgers shortstop, he leads all players this postseason with 19 RBIs – but has just 4 in the World Series. Watch him add to his total and add to your bankroll Tuesday night.

1B Max Muncy OVER 0.5 hits (+105)

Of the eight Dodgers listed under this prop, Muncy is the only one at plus-money – the other seven require a little bit of vig. This makes no sense to me. Muncy is 7-for-18 for a .389 average in the Fall Classic. He’s also 5-for-8 (.625) with two outs in the series – and 11-for-25 (.440) with two outs in the entire postseason.

Dodgers OVER 4.5 runs (+110)

The way the Dodgers have been hitting the ball in the series– .264 with 11 homers and a .506 slugging percentage – this seems like a decent play. They scored at least 5 runs in three of the five games.

With LHP Blake Snell starting for the Rays Tuesday, make this half your usual wager. Snell started Game 2 and didn’t allow a hit until there were two outs in the fifth inning.

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World Series Prop Bet Payday: 5 Tampa Bay Rays prop bet predictions for Game 6

SBW Feed - Tue, 2020-10-27 10:56

The Tampa Bay Rays look to push the World Series to a deciding Game 7 vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers when they take the field Tuesday for Game 6. First pitch is slated for 8:08 p.m. ET (on FOX) at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Below, we suggest five Rays prop bets to consider from the BetMGM game menu.

Best-of-seven series: Dodgers lead 3-2. Monday was an off-day following Los Angeles’ 4-2 victory in Sunday’s Game 5.

5 Tampa Bay Rays player prop bet predictions for Game 6 of the World Series

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LHP Blake Snell UNDER 14.5 outs (+100)

The Rays southpaw didn’t make it out of the fifth inning in his last two postseason starts, including Game 2 of the World Series.

In the Game 2 start, he actually held the Dodgers hitless through 4 2/3 innings as the Rays built a 5-0 lead. He retired the first two batters in the fifth before walking 2B Kiké Hernandez and serving up a two-run homer to LF Chris Taylor for the Dodgers’ first hit of the game. After another walk and a single, Snell was removed.

With the Rays facing elimination and the bullpen well-rested after Monday’s day off, skipper Kevin Cash won’t hesitate to call for the hook at the first sign of trouble Tuesday.

LF Randy Arozarena OVER 0.5 HRs (+425)

The breakout star of these playoffs set the record for most home runs in a single postseason with nine. The ALCS MVP, who hit four homers against the Houston Astros in the last round, has two in the World Series, hitting one apiece in Games 3 and 4.

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1B Ji-Man Choi OVER 0.5 HRs (+625)

It would be a heck of a story if Choi, the first South Korean position player to play in the World Series, becomes the first South Korean to hit a home run in the World Series.

The 6-foot-1, 260-pound slugger definitely has the potential – he hit 19 HRs in 2019. He homered in each of the Rays’ last two series, going yard vs. the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the ALDS and crushing a 447-yard blast vs. the Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS.

It would also be a heck of a story to cash a +625 ticket.

DH Austin Meadows UNDER 0.5 hits (+125)

Meadows is 2-for-13 (.154) in the series and has three strikeouts in his last four at-bats. Plus, he likely won’t play the entire game. He’ll either start and be removed for a right-handed batter midway through the game or vice versa, coming in as a lefty replacement.

Snell 4+ strikeouts, Dodgers SS Corey Seager hits a home run (+500)

BetMGM lists this under the Parlay section of Player Props.

We cashed this same parlay prop in Game 2 but for +425. So, let’s go for it again.

Snell, who recorded nine K’s in his Game 2 start, struck out at least four batters in 10 of his 11 regular-season starts and in four of his five postseason starts.

Seager, whose eight homers trail only Arozarena’s nine for most in a single postseason, went yard in Games 2 and 4. He’s due for another in Game 6.

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World Series Prop Bet Payday: 5 prop bet predictions for Game 6

SBW Feed - Tue, 2020-10-27 08:06

The Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers return to action Tuesday as the World Series continues with Game 6 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. First pitch is slated for 8:08 p.m. ET. Below, we suggest five prop bets to consider from the BetMGM game menu.

Best-of-seven series: The Dodgers, who came through with a gut-check victory in Game 5 after the Game 4 walk-off win by the Rays, are looking to clinch their seventh world championship. Los Angeles leads the series, three games to two.

World Series prop bets for Game 6

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 9 a.m. ET.

Run scored in first inning: NO (-129)

The pitching matchup – Dodgers RHP Tony Gonsolin and Rays LHP Blake Snell – is one that swings an overall anti-Tampa lean back into equilibrium. Gonsolin has struggled in three postseason starts — especially in the first inning — while Snell has logged a 3.33 ERA in five turns.

Gonsolin’s troubles in the first (he’s allowed first-inning runs in each of his last two starts) do not at all align with his career norms and appear to be coloring this line too heavily in the Yes column.

Justin Turner, Mookie Betts and Brandon Lowe 2+ total bases each (+900)

Turner bashes lefties (more so than is indicated by his small-sample 2020 regular-season line) and is a key bat for a Dodgers nine that overall is much better against right-handers. He is batting .343 with 9 extra-base hits since Oct. 15.

Betts has a solid history against Snell (.847 OPS) and owns a .805 OPS this postseason. Lowe is the wildcard in this three-headed prop. He has had an awful postseason (.467 OPS), but his overall career numbers (career .855 OPS) — and a home run in his line against Gonsolin — make for a measure of confidence.

And in a game that figures to include a parade of L.A. relievers, Lowe’s success against bullpen types (.765 OPS with a .281 BABIP) is compelling enough to chase this prize.

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Team that scores first wins the game: NO (+190)

This late-series, all-hands-on-deck matchup makes for some mid-inning jockeying at the least. The score-second-and-win option isn’t likely per se, but the +190 is a value tag with that expected game flow.

Winning margin: Rays by 1 run (+675) and Rays by 2 runs (+875)

A Tampa win figures as more likely in Game 6 than Game 7. An off-day gives a busy-but-talented Rays bullpen a much-needed rest, and the prices on a one-to-two run victory make for a nice combo play.

Money line and both teams to score 3+ runs: RAYS and YES (+400)

This fits the overall play and the lean on this one having some decent back-and-forth potential.

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World Series Prop Bet Payday: 5 Los Angeles Dodgers prop bet predictions for Game 5

SBW Feed - Sun, 2020-10-25 17:12

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to bounce back after the Tampa Bay Rays’ wild walk-off victory in Game 4 of the World Series, which continues Sunday at 8:08 p.m. ET (on FOX) at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Below, we suggest five Dodgers prop bets to consider from the BetMGM game menu.

Best-of-seven series: Tied 2-2 after Tampa Bay’s 8-7 victory Saturday.

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Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 5:05 p.m. ET.

RF Mookie Betts OVER 0.5 stolen bases (+375)

Betts went 0-for-5 Saturday after reaching base in the first three games. The 2018 AL MVP swiped 2 bags apiece in Games 1 and 3.

“Mookie for the steal” in Game 5, please.

Dodgers -2.5 run line (+150)

Los Angeles needs to win by 3 or more runs for this ticket to cash. Their two World Series victories have been by at least 4 runs – 8-3 in the opener and 6-2 in Game 3. Seven of their 11 postseason wins have covered a 2.5-point spread.

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OF/DH Cody Bellinger UNDER 0.5 hits (+125)

The 2019 NL MVP is dealing with lower back stiffness. He was supposed to start in center field Saturday, but was switched to the designated hitter spot at the last minute because of it. He would go 0-for-4 with a walk in that game. If his back is truly bothering him, +125 is a good bet.

1B Max Muncy OVER 0.5 HRs (+425)

Muncy is one of the few Dodgers who hasn’t homered in the World Series yet. He hit two against the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS. He’s batting .333 (5-for-15) in this series, so he’s seeing and hitting the ball. He’s due to go yard.

SS Corey Seager to hit 2+ HRs (+1400)

OK, this is a real long shot, but a $10 bet would profit $140 if the Dodgers shortstop continues his historic power display. He went 4-for-5 Saturday with his NL-record 8th homer of the postseason.

Why not hit 2 Sunday?

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World Series Prop Bet Payday: 5 prop bet predictions for Game 5

SBW Feed - Sun, 2020-10-25 15:12

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays are back at it Sunday as the World Series continues with Game 5 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. First pitch is at 8:08 p.m. ET (on FOX). Below, we suggest five prop bets to consider from the BetMGM game menu.

Best-of-seven series: Tied 2-2 after Tampa Bay’s unbelievable 8-7 walk-off victory in the ninth inning, Saturday.

World Series prop bets for Game 5

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 3:55 p.m. ET.

Run scored in first inning: NO (-134)

The pitching matchup – Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw and Rays RHP Tyler Glasnow – calls for a scoreless first inning. Both hurlers started the opener and didn’t allow a run in the first inning. However, that was the only game of this World Series that didn’t have a first-inning run. The past three games did – solo homers from Dodgers 3B Justin Turner each of the past two nights and one from Rays 2B Brandon Lowe in Game 2. But Kershaw and Glasnow were NOT pitching those games.

Which team will score the first run: RAYS (+155)

The +155 line is a great value. As we’ve seen, the Rays are a resilient bunch. While the Dodgers get to bat first as the designated visiting team, and they have scored first in three of the four games so far, it’s hard not to like +155.

Kershaw might have had one of his best postseason appearances in Game 1 (6 IP, 1 ER, 2 H), but his October woes are no secret. He’s 12-12 with a 4.22 ERA in 36 career playoff games, including 29 starts. Over his last 8 postseason outings, he’s 3-4 with a blown save and a 4.68 ERA (42 1/3 IP, 22 ER), dating back to the 2018 World Series.

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Money line and total runs OVER 3.5: Dodgers and Yes (-125)

This needs a Dodgers win and the total combined score to go OVER 3.5. The Over should be a safe bet, especially with all the home run fireworks these two have displayed in the first four games.

The Dodgers are -162 on the main money line, so here the cost drops a little. Los Angeles has to win AND both teams must combine for 4 runs or more.

Winning margin: Dodgers by 2 runs (+700) and Dodgers by 3 runs (+825)

Might as well play roulette, right? Sure, these are slight long shots, but that’s why they pay 7-to-1 or better. Four of the Dodgers’ 16 postseason games have been decided by more than one run, and 12 of the Rays’ 17 games have been decided by more than one run.

Of course, we’ll have to hit a 2-run or 3-run difference on the nose to cash one of these tickets.

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay Rays World Series Game 5 odds, picks and prediction

SBW Feed - Sun, 2020-10-25 07:52

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays play Game 5 of the 2020 World Series Sunday at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. First pitch is scheduled for 8:08 p.m. ET. The Rays will bat as the home team for the final time in the 2-3-2 format. Below, we analyze the Dodgers-Rays World Series Game 5 MLB betting odds and lines, with picks and predictions.

With Tampa Bay pulling off a miraculous two-out, two-strike, walk-off win Saturday, the World Series between the Dodgers and Rays is knotted at 2-2.

Dodgers vs. Rays: Projected starting pitchers

LHP Clayton Kershaw vs. RHP Tyler Glasnow

Kershaw went 6-2 with a 2.16 ERA in 10 regular-season starts in 2020. He’s 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 4 playoff starts this fall.

  • Pitched Game 1 (against Glasnow) and yielded just one run with three base runners over six frames. The run came via solo home run.
  • Current Rays batters have scuffled their way to an aggregate career .441 OPS and .087 ISO against the veteran port-sider.

Glasnow finished the regular season 5-1 with a 4.08 ERA in 11 starts. This postseason, he’s 3-2 with a 6.08 ERA through 5 starts.

  • Was shaky in Game 1, walking 6 and allowing 6 earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. With that effort, Glasnow owns a Boeing ERA of 7.13 on a .808 OPS allowed over his last four starts.
  • Has been tagged for a 1.032 OPS and .332 ISO with 10 walks against 13 strikeouts in 48 batters faced against the Dodgers.
  • Uses his fastball 61.6% of the time. That’s playing with fire against an L.A. lineup that hits heat at a better clip than other MLB team.
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Dodgers vs. Rays: Key injuries

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Dodgers vs. Rays: Odds, lines, picks and betting tips

MLB odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Odds last updated at 8:50 a.m. ET.

Money line (ML)

The Rays (+145) continue to be a solid fade in games where the starting pitching matchup doesn’t have underlying lean their way. Too many bettors will color the line with the perceived emotional momentum gained on the final play of Saturday’s game. Baseball is a different game in that it doesn’t work that way. BACK THE DODGERS (-162).

New to sports betting? A winning $162 bet on the Dodgers ML returns a profit of $100.

Run line/Against the spread (ATS)

Dodgers -1.5 (+100) | Rays +1.5 (-121)

TAG LOS ANGELES -1.5 (+100) WITH A SLIGHT LEAN on the winning by two-or-more proposition. A number of the Dodgers back-of-the-bullpen options have pitched in back-to-back games, but if the line were to creep north of +110, it’s still worth a look.

Over/Under (O/U)

Bats have been heating up and bullpens are getting low on reserves in the tank. PEG THE OVER 8 (-106) as a moderate lean.

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World Series Prop Bet Payday: 4 prop bet predictions for Game 4

SBW Feed - Sat, 2020-10-24 15:23

Saturday’s Game 4 of the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays is set for a 5:08 p.m. ET first pitch at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Below, we give you four prop bet predictions to consider for Game 4 of the 2020 World Series from the BetMGM game menu.

World Series prop bets for Game 4

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YES, run scored in first inning (+105)

The Rays starting pitcher — LHP Ryan Yarbrough — uses his cutter and changeup a majority of the time. The Dodgers leadoff hitter is RF Mookie Betts, who’s raking in the World Series and leads Los Angeles in run value against cutters and changeups, according to MLB Statcast. The three-hole hitter — 3B Justin Turner — has a .417 batting average hitting cutters and the second-highest run value against changeups (behind Betts).

The Rays’ two best hitters against four-seam fastballs (Dodgers starter LHP Julio Urias’ most-thrown pitch) are in the top four of their projected lineup in DH Randy Arozarena and 1B Yandy Diaz. Also, right-handed hitters are batting 110 points higher this season against Urias.

Money line and total runs OVER 3.5: Dodgers and Yes (-129)

This is a great way to reduce the heavy vig for betting the favorite Dodgers for a win. Dodgers-Rays have played in three straight Overs so the Over 3.5 runs (by both teams combined) should be a cinch.

Los Angeles’s listed money line in Game 4 is -162 and the Dodgers are currently priced at -455 to win the World Series. If you agree with the market’s assessment of this series then take this bet instead of the Dodgers straight up.

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Tampa Bay to score OVER 3.5 runs (+100)

Teams are increasingly more reliant on their bullpens every year. Urias is a starter-opener-reliever himself and has only pitched 16 innings in his four 2020 playoff appearances.

It’s not like Urias is getting shelled either—he’s only surrendered one earned run in the playoffs—but going to the bullpen early is the current trend. Eight of the Dodgers 11 earned runs allowed are from their bullpen so if manager Dave Roberts pulls Urias early, it may be an easy cash for this prop.

OVER 4.5 runs in 1st 5 innings (-106)

The Dodgers batters are locked in and are crushing Rays starters in this series. Thirteen of Los Angeles’s 18 runs scored have come against Tampa Bay’s starters. It would be a big help if the Rays were able to chase Urias early but the Dodgers can clear five runs in the first five innings themselves.

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World Series Prop Bet Payday: 6 Los Angeles Dodgers prop bet predictions for Game 4

SBW Feed - Sat, 2020-10-24 13:31

The Los Angeles Dodgers meet the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 4 of the World Series Saturday at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. First pitch is scheduled for 8:08 p.m. ET. Below, we give you five prop bet predictions to consider for the Dodgers for Game 4 of the 2020 World Series from the BetMGM game menu.

6 Los Angeles Dodgers player prop bet predictions for Game 4 of the World Series

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C Will Smith OVER 0.5 home runs (+375) & OVER 0.5 doubles (+375)

Left-handed SP Ryan Yarbrough of the Rays throws his cutter more than any pitch in his arsenal. Smith has the third-highest marks in run value, batting average and wOBA of any Dodger against cutters. Smith should get some pitches to hit since he’s sandwiched between two lefties: Red-hot 1B Max Muncy and 2019 MVP OF Cody Bellinger.

I am using a buckshot approach at making money off of Smith in Game 4 so if he goes yard or hits a gap-shot we’ll profit.

SP Julio Urias UNDER 5.5 K’s (-150)

Urias’ Under 5.5 strikeouts (-150) is so expensive on this prop because the market knows that there’s a good chance Urias doesn’t go deep in Game 4.

Urias is used as a starter-reliever-opener hybrid and has only pitched 16 innings in four games this postseason. He’s struck out 16 hitters in those 16 innings and has only gone over 5.5 strikeouts in one of his appearances. I like how he matches up against the Rays lineup, but there are too many ways for an Under to cash and the market knows it.

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OF/DH A.J. Pollock OVER 0.5 home runs (+450) & OVER 0.5 doubles (+425)

Pollock is second on the Dodgers vs. lefties in wOBA and wRC+, according to Fangraphs. He has the most home runs (7) of any Dodger and he’s tied with most doubles (5) against left-handed pitching. Pollock only has two at-bats in this World Series, but he is projected to be in the starting lineup specifically for the righty vs. lefty situation.

3B Justin Turner UNDER 0.5 singles (-139)

Turner is having an awesome World Series—slashing .308/.357/.769—but all four of his hits are extra-base knocks. Turner is ninth on the Dodgers in wRC+ and batting average vs. lefties. The Under on this prop cashes if Turner struggles in the box or if he continues is extra-base or nothing trend.

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay Rays World Series Game 4 odds, picks and prediction

SBW Feed - Sat, 2020-10-24 07:11

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to take a 3-1 lead vs. the Tampa Bay Rays as the World Series continues with Game 4 Saturday at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. First pitch is slated for 8:08 p.m. ET (on FOX). As the top seed, the Dodgers will be the visiting team for the next two games in the 2-3-2 format. Below, we analyze the Dodgers-Rays World Series Game 4 MLB betting odds and lines, with picks and predictions.

Friday: Dodgers won 6-2 behind RHP Walker Buehler’s six innings of one-run, three-hit ball. He didn’t allow a hit until one out in the fifth and finished with 10 strikeouts.

Dodgers vs. Rays: Projected starting pitchers

LHP Julio Urias vs. LHP Ryan Yarbrough

Urias was 3-0 with a 3.27 ERA (55 IP, 20 ER) in 10 starts and one relief appearance in the regular season. Even more impressive is his 4-0 mark with a 0.56 ERA (16 IP, 1 ER) this postseason in one start and three outings out of the bullpen.

  • Last outing: Retired all nine batters he faced in the final three innings of the Dodgers’ NLCS Game 7 win over the Atlanta Braves. Oddly, the 24-year-old southpaw didn’t strike out a batter, but he was untouchable in recording one of the more memorable victories in franchise history – with the help of CF Cody Bellinger’s eventual game-winning homer in the bottom of the seventh inning.
  • Career vs. Rays: 0-0, 0.00 ERA (2 IP, 0 ER) and 5 K in 2 relief appearances in 2019
  • Career postseason: 6-2, 2.84 ERA (31 2/3 IP, 10 ER) in 2 starts and 14 relief appearances

Yarbrough finished the regular season 1-4 with a 3.56 ERA (55 2/3 IP, 22 ER) in 9 starts and 2 relief appearances.

  • Last outing: Entered Game 1 of World Series in bottom of fifth inning with runners on second and third base and one out. Retired Bellinger on popout before yielding back-to-back, two-out RBI singles as L.A. increased 3-1 lead to 5-1. Finished inning, but didn’t return in first career outing vs. Dodgers.
  • Career postseason: 2-0, 2.63 ERA (13 2/3 IP, 4 ER) in 1 start and 5 relief appearances
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Dodgers vs. Rays: Odds, prediction, betting lines and picks

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Prediction

Rays 4, Dodgers 2

Money line (ML)

The RAYS (+150) are the STRONGEST PLAY – 1½ times your usual wager. It all comes down to the Rays’ pitching staff, which will have to shut down the Dodgers’ explosive bats.

Tampa Bay relievers have shown they can do it, posting a 3.37 ERA during the regular season and a 3.38 ERA in the ALCS.

The Rays offense has the tough task of facing Urias, but it will find a way. They didn’t go 40-20 in the regular season and beat the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and Houston Astros in the playoffs by luck. The RAYS (+150) even the series.

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Run line/Against the spread (ATS)

Dodgers -1.5 (-110) | Rays +1.5 (-110)

PASS. The Dodgers are 5-5 vs. the RL in their last 10; the Rays are 4-6.

Over/Under (O/U)

Back the UNDER 8 (-106) with a small play – half your usual wager.

Expect a tight, low-scoring game in this critical showdown. The first three games of this World Series went Over. The UNDER is due.

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World Series Prop Bet Payday: 5 Tampa Bay Rays prop bet predictions for Game 3

SBW Feed - Fri, 2020-10-23 12:18

Game 3 of the 2020 World Series between the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers is Friday night with an 8:08 p.m. ET first pitch at neutral-site Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Below, we give you five prop bet predictions to consider for the Rays for Game 3 of the 2020 World Series from the BetMGM game menu.

5 Tampa Bay Rays player prop bet predictions for Game 3 of the World Series

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RHP Charlie Morton OVER 5.5 strikeouts (-106)

The Dodgers had the second-lowest strikeout per game average in the regular season (7.87 strikeouts per game) but have been struck out 26 times already in the World Series.

Morton is well-rested—six days since his last start in Game 7 of the ALCS—and he only threw 66 pitches. Rays manager Kevin Cash will leave him in longer because this isn’t a clinch game and he’s their most experienced playoff starter.

Morton has struck out six batters in two of his last three starts, and he knows how to navigate this lineup. Three Dodgers hitters in the projected lineup have an above-.30% K-rate on curveballs, which is Morton’s put-away pitch.

Morton UNDER 2.5 earned runs (-167)

Spoiler alert: I’m on the Rays in Game 3 and a big reason is Morton’s experience in these moments and against this team. Morton has made five postseason starts over the past two seasons and has given up a combined two earned runs over 25 2/3 IP.

In the ALDS, Morton held the vaunted New York Yankees lineup to just one earned run in five frames and gave up zero runs in 10 2/3 innings pitched across two starts against the Houston Astros in the ALCS.

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OF Manuel Margot UNDER 0.5 singles (-154)

The Dodgers’ Game 3 starter—Walker Buehler—has one of the livliest fastballs in the majors. Margot has experience against Buehler from his days with the San Diego Padres and has actually hit one dinger in five plate appearances against Buehler.

This season, Margot is tied for the lowest run value against fastballs, has the third-lowest slugging percentage and third-lowest hard-hit percentage on the Rays, according to MLB Statcast. I’m assuming Buehler remembers the Margot home run.

2B Brandon Lowe OVER 0.5 home runs (+425)

I feel like I could be a little late to the party on this one as 2B Brandon Lowe hit two jacks in Game 2. Baseball is the ultimate numbers sport and Lowe is by far the Rays’ best power hitter. He leads Tampa Bay in home runs and slugging percentage. Lowe has the top run value and hard-hit percentage against fastballs, according to Statcast.

Lowe OVER 0.5 doubles (+550)

Same analysis as above but I’m spreading my Lowe action across two different props. Maybe he rips one off the wall and has to settle for a double instead of going yard. Obviously, we’d prefer that since this payout is juicier.

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay Rays World Series Game 3 odds, picks and prediction

SBW Feed - Fri, 2020-10-23 10:14

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays play Game 3 of the World Series Friday at Globe Life Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 8:08 p.m. ET. The World Series has a 2-3-2 format so the Rays will be hitting in the bottom of the inning for the next three games. Below, we analyze the Dodgers-Rays World Series Game 3 MLB betting odds and lines, with picks and predictions.

Series: Tied 1-1.

Dodgers vs. Rays: Projected starting pitchers

RHP Walker Buehler vs. RHP Charlie Morton

Buehler: 1-0 with a 3.44 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 10.3 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 36 2/3 IP over 8 starts.

  • 2020 postseason: 1-0 with a 1.89 ERA, 15 H, 29 K and 11 BB in 19 IP across 4 starts.
  • Career in the postseason: 2-1 with a 2.44 ERA, 36 H, 73 K and 21 BB in 55 1/3 IP over 10 starts.

Morton: 2-2 with a 4.74 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 9.9 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in 38 IP over 9 starts.

  • 2020 postseason: 3-0 with a 0.57 ERA, 11 H, 17 K and 4 BB in 15 2/3 IP across 3 starts.
  • Career in the postseason: 7-2 with a 2.84 ERA, 45 H, 61 K and 21 BB in 57 IP over 12 games (11 starts).
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Dodgers vs. Rays: Odds, lines, picks and betting tips

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Prediction

Rays 3, Dodgers 2

Money line (ML)

Game 3 figures to be the best starting pitching matchup of the series. Morton is a big game pitcher who beat the Dodgers (-150) in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series when he was a starter for the Houston Astros and is having the best postseason of any Rays’ pitcher.

Buehler is having a heck of a postseason himself and is no stranger to big games either. He has allowed 2 or fewer runs in eight of his 10 playoff starts and pitched 7 scoreless innings in the 2018 World Series against the Boston Red Sox. I like both of these pitchers to pitch a strong five innings and turn the game over to their bullpens with minimal damage taken.

However, my favorite stat I’ve seen in these playoffs is Tampa Bay’s MLB-high 11 double-play ground-ball outs its relievers have gotten. The Dodgers relievers have only one GIDP in these playoffs and the Rays bullpen has pitched only 2 2/3 more innings than the Dodgers.

This tells me the bullpen comes up big in high-pressure situations and gets crucial outs. Tampa Bay’s bullpen ERA is slightly lower than the Dodgers’, but the L.A. bullpen has a lower WHIP and opponent batting average.

I’ll lean to the RAYS (+135) taking a 2-1 series lead but I’d much rather be safe and take the run line.

Run line/Against the spread (ATS)

Since I’m thinking we have a pitcher’s duel and the Rays bullpen is more trustworthy, I “LIKE” RAYS +1.5 (-139) on the run line. Tampa Bay has a 14-7 run line record as an underdog. Also, look out for one of their best fastball hitters—Willy Adames, Randy Arozarena or Brandon Lowe—to go deep.

Over/Under (O/U)

UNDER 7.5 (-121) is the play on the total in Dodgers-Rays. The market has juiced the Under up because it’s the way to go. This is a vibe play from me in that I get the vibe we’re going to see these starting pitchers feed off each other’s performance and the bats will cool off from the first two games.

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World Series Prop Bet Payday: 5 Los Angeles Dodgers prop bet predictions for Game 3

SBW Feed - Fri, 2020-10-23 09:40

The 2020 World Series continues Friday night with an 8:08 p.m. ET first pitch in Game 3 at neutral-site Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers are the last two teams standing, and their Fall Classic tussle — tied at one game apiece — brings a solid slate of team and player prop bets.

Below, we give you five prop bet predictions to consider for the Dodgers for Game 3 of the 2020 World Series from the BetMGM game menu.

Los Angeles Dodgers player prop bets for Game 3 of the World Series

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 10:30 a.m. ET.

SS Corey Seager OVER 0.5 singles (-110) and OVER 0.5 home runs (+320)

Seager has five multi-hit games since Oct. 7 and has hit .349 with a 1.289 OPS over that stretch. The L.A. shortstop usually bats second in the lineup, so decent lineup turnover gets him five cracks. Seager has six homers over his last 31 plate appearances.

SP Walker Buehler UNDER 1.5 earned runs (+100)

In a trend that reaches back to October of 2018, Buehler has logged a silly-good 1.16 ERA over his last 38 2/3 postseason innings. So, playing out that trend at this double-your-money tag is nice enough. Add in the modern staff-management principles of relievers carrying roughly half the innings load in games and the fact Buehler has gone less than 6 frames in 7 of 8 regular-season starts and in three of his four postseason starts this fall, and the payout here makes this play worth a strong look.

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OF Cody Bellinger OVER 0.5 home runs (+350)

Bellinger doesn’t have a great career mark in postseason play, but he has had a solid October so far this year with a .899 OPS and six extra-base hits. Bellinger hit two round-trippers at Globe Life Field in the NLCS and has four homers in 11 career games at the Texas Rangers’ new facility.

OF Mookie Betts UNDER 0.5 doubles (-400)

Betts has seen Morton more than any other L.A. batter, and he has logged a contact-heavy .799 OPS against the Tampa right-hander. His line of 7-for-23 includes two doubles, and that appears to be coloring this line too heavily. Morton does a good job in limiting hard contact. Betts is a decent play for the game overall, but the no-doubles price is a solid under-the-radar selection.

1B Max Muncy OVER 0.5 doubles (+550)

Muncy has never faced Morton, but the Rays righty yields a little more wiggle room for production when facing lefty bats. Muncy had only four doubles during the season, but he had 12 home runs and there is often some interchange between those two types of hits (Muncy had 22 doubles and 35 home runs in 2019). Globe Life Field is a home run-suppressant yard, and the price on this prop is reasonable.

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Bet Slippin' Sports Betting Podcast: NFL Week 7 Picks And Best Bets - Ep. 14

SBW Feed - Fri, 2020-10-23 07:56

Welcome to Bet Slippin’ Podcast, SportsbookWire’s sports-betting podcast. This week, Geoff Clark and Esten McLaren break down the NFL’s Week 7 slate with their picks, predictions and best bets for each game by the odds and lines at BetMGM.

After Geoff and Esten had a lot of agreement on the NFL’s Week 6 betting slate, they ramp up their head-to-head action in Week 7. The two hosts navigate the NFL slate and talk up betting angles on each of the 12 games that were listed at BetMGM as of Thursday evening. The game between the Las Vegas Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers had been taken off the board amid COVID-19 concerns for the Raiders.

The two come away with five bets they’re making between each other in Week 7. Esten holds an 11-10 lead in their season series after the Tennessee Titans (-3.5) covered in Week 6.

They also discuss some World Series live-betting strategies and Esten takes an early look at some Masters values and longshots.

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Bet Slippin’ Podcast Segments

Geoff and Esten open the show with a quick recap of their Week 6 betting endeavors and some bad beats. They then dive into Scopin’ Futures for the first time in a few episodes with some angles for getting in on the World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays tied up at a game apiece heading into Game 3,

BetMGM Buggin’ concentrates on the NFL’s Week 7 with picks and predictions for every game. The two hosts go head-to-head on five games with against the spread wagers for their season-long competition. Geoff makes the case for the 0-6 New York Jets to cover (+12) against the Buffalo Bills.

The show wraps up with Goin’ to the Window, where Esten and Geoff lock-in their favorite bets of the episode. Esten offers up a look at the 2020 Masters Tournament and why golf bettors should be looking ahead to those lines during this week’s Zozo Championship.

Sports Betting Podcast Timeline

3:27: Scopin’ Futures

  • Live World Series wagers
  • The Titans’ drop in value
  • NFL playoffs bets

9:22: BetMGM Buggin’

  • New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (10:01)
  • Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (12:17)
  • Dallas Cowboys at Washington Football Team (16:47)
  • Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons (20:51)
  • Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints (24:14)
  • Buffalo Bills at New York Jets (28:02)
  • Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans (31:47)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans (34:37)
  • San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots (37:02)
  • Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos (42:16)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars at Los Angeles Chargers (45:02)
  • Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals (48:41)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Las Vegas Raiders (53:56)
  • Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams (55:34)

59:18: Goin’ to the Window

  • Recapping NFL wagers
  • 2020 Masters lookahead

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World Series Prop Bet Payday: 5 prop bet predictions for Game 3

SBW Feed - Fri, 2020-10-23 04:33

The Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers continue their World Series showdown in Game 3 Friday at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. First pitch is at 8:08 p.m. ET. Below, we suggest five prop bets to consider from the BetMGM game menu.

Best-of-seven series: Tied 1-1.

World Series prop bets for Game 3

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 5:12 a.m. ET.

Money line and both teams to score 3 or more runs: Dodgers and Yes (+310)

I’m in fade-the-Rays default mode going into each game. Tampa Bay starter Charlie Morton pins that lean back a bit; the +310 makes for a nice return with some back-and-forth in the scoring.

Team to score first also wins game: NO (+215)

This is a lean into that back-and-forth scoring and against two tiring bullpens. That scenario gets set up by solid but middle-length efforts from the starters.

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Dodgers win 2nd inning (+300)

Los Angeles owns a top-flight offense. The Dodgers posted an .821 OPS during the regular season. LA is at its best against right-handers (.842 OPS). The Dodgers are a team that cranks it up early in games, but they aren’t overly dependent on two or three bats at the top of the lineup. They get better the more they see a pitcher in a game, and a deep order with some first-inning scouting makes this prop a nice play. During the regular season, the Dodgers logged an .868 OPS in the second inning, and that’s with a .260 BABIP.

Team with highest scoring inning: Dodgers (-106)

That deep Los Angeles batting order plays into this one. The Dodgers can pile on crooked numbers and do so perhaps more than once in a game, giving them extra opportunities to hang the biggest digit of the night.

OVER 3.5 runs 1st 5 innings (-129)

This play works on some respect for the bats on both sides and a little bit of pitching fade in general (and a bit of extra fade on Dodger SP Walker Buehler). The rested-and-ready part of the Series (and the playoffs) is over for the bullpens.

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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Dodgers World Series Game 2 odds, picks and prediction

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The Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers play Game 2 of the 2020 World Series Wednesday at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. First pitch is scheduled for 8:08 p.m. ET. As the top seed, the Dodgers will bat as the home team for the second time in the 2-3-2 format. Below, we analyze the Rays-Dodgers World Series Game 2 MLB betting odds and lines, with picks and predictions.

The Dodgers hoisted crooked numbers in each of the middle innings of an 8-3 win over the Rays in Tuesday’s World Series opener.

Rays vs. Dodgers: Projected starting pitchers

LHP Blake Snell vs. RHP Tony Gonsolin

Snell logged a 3.24 ERA and 1.20 WHIP over 11 regular-season starts. He owns a 2.88 ERA over 7 career postseason games (5 starts) over 25 IP.

  • OF Mookie Betts is the only L.A. batter who has seen much of Snell (.892 OPS in 27 PA). Betts is on a roll, recording two hits Tuesday and batting .311/.407/.444 (.852 OPS) this postseason.

Gonsolin registered a 2.31 ERA and 0.84 WHIP in the regular season (46 2/3 IP). He has posted a 9.95 ERA in 6 1/3 IP in the postseason (one start and one relief appearance).

  • Normally excellent control (1.4 BB/9 in the regular season) has been off in October (6 BB in 6.1 IP).
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Rays vs. Dodgers: Key injuries

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Rays vs. Dodgers: Odds, lines, picks and betting tips

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Money line (ML)

The Rays (+120) continue to be a solid fade candidate in games where there isn’t also significant fade lean against the opposing starter. Gonsolin and a well-enough-rested L.A. bullpen don’t fit the latter. In fact, the 26-year-old Gonsolin — with his Frisbee-spin stuff — is likely a concern for would-be Dodgers bettors due to his shaky line through two games. That’s a small-sample line posted after a long layoff and in an unusual relief appearance.

The Tampa Bay bullpen is rested in the short term, but it’s one perhaps listing toward tired after a grueling ALCS sandwiched in between more significant travel than that faced by its L.A. counterpart. Little things add up, and on Wednesday they add up to VALUE ON A DODGERS (-134) PLAY.

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Run line/Against the spread (ATS)

Rays +1.5 (-189) | Dodgers -1.5 (+155)

PASS. There isn’t much of a lean on a double-digit total, and the sheer number of relievers who could parade into this one make for pitcher-favoring matchups.

Over/Under (O/U)

There is no pressure on either side of the projected total of 8 (Over: -115/Under: -106), only the slightest lean toward an Over. PASS, but perhaps consider a topside play on a 7.5-run tag.

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World Series Prop Bet Payday: 3 Los Angeles Dodgers player prop predictions for Game 2

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Game 2 of the World Series between the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers is Wednesday at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The first pitch is scheduled for 8:08 p.m. ET. Below, we give you three prop bets from the BetMGM game menu to take in Game 2 of the 2020 World Series between the Rays and Dodgers.

World Series prop bets: Dodgers player props for Game 2

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 3:40 p.m. ET.

OF A.J. Pollock OVER 1.5 total bases (+140)

I love the payout for the Dodgers’ best hitter against lefties in 2020. Pollock led the Dodgers in batting average (.345), home runs (7) and RBIs (15) against left-handed pitchers in the regular season.

Pollock’s seven home runs against lefties are tied for the second-most in the majors. His ISO (.473) 241 points higher and his slugging percentage (.818) is 300-plus points higher than the next Dodgers player with a minimum of 50 plate appearances against lefties.

HIT A.J. POLLOCK’S OVER 1.5 TOTAL BASES (+140).

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Rays LHP Blake Snell 3+ hits allowed, Dodgers OF Mookie Betts 2+ total bases (+150)

Betts is the only Dodgers player with more than one at-bat against Snell due to his time with the Boston Red Sox and, of course, his numbers are good. It’s Mookie Betts. He’s slashing .304/.370/.522 and has a homer in his 27 plate appearances against the 2018 AL Cy Young winner.

Snell is no chump and I think he’ll put together a quality start but that doesn’t mean the Dodgers aren’t going to put together good at-bats. He had a great start against the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL Wild Card Round, but he struggled against the New York Yankees in the ALDS. He also allowed two runs over four innings in his second of two starts against the Houston Astros in the ALCS.

The Dodgers have the best lineup in baseball and the gamble is worthy.

1B Max Muncy OVER 0.5 total bases (-129)

Muncy has been on fire lately, starting his World Series with a 2-hit effort in Game 1 to extend his hit streak to three straight games. He has a hit in seven of his 13 playoff games and is hitting well against lefties this postseason.

He’s slashing .318/.500/.591 in 22 at-bats versus left-handed pitching in the playoffs. Also, Muncy is the Dodgers’ clean-up hitter. Maybe that doesn’t mean as much as it did back in the day but listing a 0.5 total base prop for the cleanup hitter in MLB’s best lineup is disrespectful. TAKE MUNCY OVER 0.5 TOTAL BASES (-129).

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World Series Prop Bet Payday: 5 prop bet predictions for Game 2

SBW Feed - Wed, 2020-10-21 09:59

The Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers continue their World Series showdown in Game 2 Wednesday at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. First pitch is at 8:08 p.m. ET (on FOX). Below, we suggest five prop bets to consider from the BetMGM game menu.

Best-of-seven series: Dodgers lead 1-0. They took Tuesday’s opener 8-3.

World Series prop bets for Game 2

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 11 a.m. ET.

NO RUNS in 1st inning (-129)

Unless there’s a solo homer or one of the starting pitchers – Dodgers RHP Tony Gonsolin or Rays LHP Black Snell – walks the leadoff batter, I expect Game 2 to follow in Game 1’s footsteps where no runs were scored until the fourth inning.

Rays SP Blake Snell 4+ strikeouts, Dodgers SS Corey Seager to hit a home run (+425)

This is listed under the Parlay section of Player Props.

Snell struck out at least four batters in 10 of his 11 regular-season starts and fanned at least four batters in three of four 2020 postseason starts.

Seager hit five homers vs. the Atlanta Braves on his way to the NLCS MVP. He went 0-for-2 with 3 walks Tuesday in Game 1 against the Rays. There’s no doubt he’ll homer in this World Series. It’s just a matter of when.

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Rays OVER 4.5 runs (+155)

Regarding this prop and the prop below, I’m counting on one of the two clubs to score at least five runs.

On paper, this is a long shot. The Rays have scored five or more runs just once in their last 10 games. This bet is saying they’re due.

Dodgers OVER 4.5 runs (+105)

As long as one of the two teams scores five runs, we come out ahead.

After no runs are scored in the opening inning – to win the first prop in this article – I predict Game 2 turns out to be a wild one. Lots of runs, tons of drama and an extra-inning finish.

YES: Will there be extra innings? (+775)

You just know one of these World Series games will go extra innings. Why not Wednesday night with a nice 7.75-to-1 payoff?

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World Series Prop Bet Payday: 5 Tampa Bay Rays prop bets for Game 2

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The Tampa Bay Rays look to even the World Series vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 Wednesday at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. First pitch is scheduled for 8:08 p.m. ET (on FOX). Below, we suggest five Rays prop bets to consider from the BetMGM game menu.

Best-of-seven series: Dodgers lead 1-0 after Tuesday’s 8-3 victory.

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Rays player prop bets for Game 2 of the World Series

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 9:20 a.m. ET.

OF Randy Arozarena OVER 0.5 HRs (+360)

The breakout star of these playoffs hit 7 home runs in the past two series, ripping 3 vs. the New York Yankees in the ALDS and crushing 4 vs. the Houston Astros on his way to the ALCS MVP.

After the rookie went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout Tuesday, the +360 price is a great value here as he’ll bounce back in Game 2.

OF Manuel Margot OVER 0.5 RBIs (+195)

Margot, who hit 3 homers and went 6-for-23 (.261) in the ALCS, was 1-for-4 in Game 1 against the Dodgers. He hit fifth in the Rays lineup Tuesday but could bat leadoff with Los Angeles starting RHP Tony Gonsolin in Game 2. No matter, he should get a chance or two to knock in some runs, especially if he remains in the middle of the lineup.

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1B Ji-Man Choi OVER 0.5 RBIs (+155)

The left-handed slugger didn’t start Game 1. He was called off the bench to pinch-hit in the seventh inning but never had the chance to bat as the Dodgers countered by bringing in a lefty reliever. Rays manager Kevin Cash then called on the right-handed bat of Mike Brosseau, denying Choi the opportunity to become the first South Korean position player to make a World Series plate appearance.

Choi, who is hitting .290 (9-for-31) with 2 home runs this postseason, should get the start Wednesday with Gonsolin on the hill.

I’m going to DOUBLE DOWN on Choi and bet OVER 1.5 BASES (+135). He went 5-for-9 in the final four games of the ALCS with 2 multi-hit games and 1 homer. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Choi be the star Wednesday night.

SS Willy Adames UNDER 0.5 hits (+125)

Adames struggled in the ALCS, going 2-for-17 (.118). He struck out in both his at-bats Tuesday.

CF Kevin Kiermaier OVER 0.5 total runs (+145)

The longest-tenured Rays player – he’s been with Tampa Bay since his MLB debut in 2013 – went 2-for-3 with a solo homer in the World Series opener. He has scored 5 runs in 13 postseason games this fall. Bet on him to cross the plate in Game 2.

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