I’m eager to put the play-in games in the rear-view mirror. As cool as it was for baseball fans to see Yandy Diaz – who hit 15 home runs in the first three seasons of his career combined – smack two lead-off moonshots for the Tampa Bay Rays and the NL’s top reliever in Josh Hader get tagged by the Washington Nationals for three runs in the eighth, it just about killed Brewers and Athletics bettors everywhere. When you hit the second round, though, things tend to hold a little truer to form. I mean, let’s hope that’s the case when the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves take the field later today.
I’ve got some numbers for you guys. Sit tight, they might actually help you win some money. First off, the Braves haven’t won a Divisional Series since 2001. They’re 0-7 since then, going 10-21 in individual games. The Dodgers, on the other hand, are 3-3 in divisional series since 2013 and have won the last three. In the past six opening games of the NLDS, though, L.A. is 4-2, winning by an average margin of 2.5 runs in those games.
Just a few of the reasons why I’m going in the directions I am today.
For the first slate of Game 1’s, I’ve got the Dodgers jumping on Patrick Corbin and the Nationals at home, as well as the Braves and Cardinals in a low-scoring affair.
Lock in now, folks. This is the big time.
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