The Wildcard games are done and on Friday, the two ALDS games will begin. The Red Sox and Astros start in Houston. Then the Indians will face the Yankees in Cleveland.
Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros (6:00am)
The Astros and Red Sox start the ALDS on Friday with a great pitching matchup. Justin Verlander of the Astros takes on Chris Sale from the Red Sox. Verlander has flat out dominated in his time at the Astros as they hold a 5-0 record when he starts. In his two home starts as an Astro, he has allowed just 4 hits in 14 innings with 16 strikeouts. He last pitched in the postseason back in 2014 as a Tiger and he’ll be keen to take the Astros to the World Series. He also last faced the Red Sox in the playoffs back in 2013 and he pitched 8 innings with just 4 hits allowed. So the Wolf is tipping another solid outing by him. For Sale, he has never pitched in the postseason and it could go either way. He finished with a 2.90 ERA overall this season but he wasn’t at his best in September. In New York he gave up 3 home runs and in Tampa, he allowed 2 more. Then in his last start before the playoffs, the Blue Jays hit 4 home runs against him at Fenway. The Astros have one of the best batting lineups in MLB with the likes of Altuve and Springer. They beat the Red Sox in four games recently 3-1 and that was on the road. This game is at home and they’ve won 48 of 81 games in Houston. So the Wolf is backing them with Verlander pitching a gem.
New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians (9:30am)
In the second game, the Yankees head to Cleveland for the ALDS. They won at home against the Twins in the AL Wildcard game. But they have Sonny Gray on the mound and he’s struggled as a Yankee so far. He has a 3-8 record in his 11 starts as a Yankee and the Yankees are 2-4 in his road starts. He also faced the Indians in Cleveland in his first start at the club and the Yankees lost 5-1. In his last start before the playoffs, the Blue Jays scored a 9-6 win and slugged 2 home runs. While for the Indians, Trevor Bauer will start in game 1. He has already beaten the Yankees twice in August and he’ll aim for number 3 in game 1 of the ALDS. He has a 10-4 record at home this season as well and he finished the season with sub 2 ERA’s in September and August. Based on Sonny Gray’s form, the Wolf can’t see the Yankees getting close. As the Wolf has seen in the playoffs so far, the home side has won comfortably in the end and the Indians went 49-23 at home this season. So he’s backing the Indians to win by 2+ runs. There is value in the over total runs as well.
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