MLB Tips – 7th October

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The Wolf made it 2-0 in the Wild Card games and is ready to keeo the ball rolling in the division series.

Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers

Tip: Under 9 runs ($1.83)

This is going to be one heck of a match-up, full of emotion between two clubs who don’t like each very much. If you want to see what started it all go and google Jose Bautista bat flip from last years series and then fast forward to May this season when Rougned Odor decided to put one on Bautista’s chin after a hard slide. Toronto found their way to the ALDS by getting past the Orioles on a three run home in the 11th inning in the AL wild card game. Toronto will send Marco Estrada (9-9, 3.48 ERA) to the hill to face off against Texas ace Cole Hamels (15-5, 3.32 ERA). Estrada finished the season strong, allowing just two runs across his final 19 innings  in three starts. He is coming off a solid 2015 post-season where he posted a 2-1 record with a 2.33 ERA in three starts. One of those starts came against Texas, a strong 6.1 innings. Texas starter Hamels was the opposite down the stretch, struggling in his last six starts where he allowed at least five runs in those four starts. Texas will want to get a jump on Toronto and get that opportunity behind Hamels in Game One and Darvish backing him up in Game Two. The advantage the Rangers carry is their bullpen who put together 35.1 scoreless innings of work in the last weeks of the season. If the Rangers can get on top, their bullpen will carry them to a win but the Wolf has more confidence in the under total. We’ve already seen two wild card games go under their totals and when you have aces on the hill it tends to mean few runs.

Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Indians

Tip: Total Runs, Hits & Errors under 27.5 ($1.87)

This could potentially be David Ortiz’s final playoff series as the Red Sox make the journey to Cleveland to kick off their World Series run. Boston had the chance to earn home field advantage for this series but failed to do so by closing out the season with five losses in their last six games. Ortiz finished the season going 3-20 but that won’t mean much when he steps in to the box for his final post-season and will get the opportunity to face the Indians rotation at less than full strength. Cleveland have lost Carlos Carrasco to a finger injury while Danny Salazar is limited to the bullpen currently. One healthy starter is Trevor Bauer (12-8, 4.26 ERA) who gets the nod to take the Game One ball. Bauer closed the season in very poor form, owning a 7.20 ERA in his last five starts. It’s an odd decision to start Bauer here considering the Indians have Cy Young candidate Corey Kluber available but Kluber has been designated to start Game Two. Cleveland fans will be hoping this plan doesn’t backfire on them. Boston send their own Cy Young candidate Rick Porcello (22-4, 3.15 ERA) to the mound and he had an outstanding second half of the season. He went 8-1 in his final 11 turns, giving up just three runs or fewer in each start – impressive. This should be the fairly open and likely to be the closest of them all. With these two going under 3-0-1 in their last 4, it should be close.

Postseason Record: 2-0

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