Junk time cost us dearly on Friday with 9th innings runs sending the Toronto total over and much of the same happening in the Cleveland game. It’s a tough pill to swallow but The Wolf says not to be discouraged heading into four big games on Saturday!
San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs
Tip: Cubs WIN ($1.54)
The Cubs led the majors with 103 wins in the regular season but that won’t count for anything as they start their post season run. Chicago will be hungry for success this season after the Mets had the brooms out last season and swept the Cubs in the NLCS. Chicago hasn’t won a world series since 1908 and their supposed ‘Curse of the Billy Goat’ is still strong as ever but this could be the year they face up and finally win the World Series again. They face a SF club who has won three World Series this decade and they bring Johnny Cueto (18-5, 2.79 ERA) to Wrigley Field for game One. Cueto was superb to close out the year, owning a 4-0 mark with a 1.91 ERA in his final four outings. He has had limited success against the Cubs and in the post season where he has struggled to find his regular season form. he is 5-5 with a 3.07 ERA in 15 turns at Wrigley Field. The Cubs will have Jon Lester (19-5, 2.44 ERA) with ball in hand and he was brilliant at home this year, posting a 10-2 record with a tiny 1.74 ERA. He’s had five career starts against SF for a 4-1 record and a 2.85 ERA. Like Cueto, he’s a mixed bag in the post season but this should be an opportunity the Cubs can cash in on. The Cubs only lost three times to SF all season, two of those were against Bumgarner. Cubs to claim the opener, just.
LA Dodgers at Washington Nationals
Tip: Dodgers WIN ($1.60)
Anyone who knows about the sport of baseball tends to agree that Clayton Kershaw (12-4, 1.69 ERA) is one the best pitchers in baseball but to date his post season play hasn’t been anywhere near as good as his regular season stuff. He gets another opportunity in October to try and establish his playoff credentials against the Washington Nationals in the NLDS. Kershaw is a three time Cy Young award winner but is just 2-6 with a 4.69 ERA in 13 career appearances in the post season. The Dodgers, who went 5-1 against the Nationals in the regular season will need Kershaw to be in top flight if they are to return to LA with at least one win under their belt as they will have Max Scherzer (20-7, 2.96 ERA) opposing them for the Nats. Much like Kershaw, Scherzer is an ace in the regular season but has been ordinary in the playoffs with a 4-3 record and 3.73 ERA. He didn’t get a chance to face the Dodgers through the 2016 season and is 2-4 with a 3.29 ERA in eight turns against LA.Meanwhile Kershaw has owned the Nats, posting a 10-2 record with a 2.02 ERA in 13 starts which includes a victory earlier this season. The Wolf thinks pitcher trends outweigh the situational trends here and Kershaw again dominates the Washington lineup.
Toronto v Texas: Under 9 Runs ($1.91)
Boston at Cleveland: Indians WIN
Postseason Record: 2-2