MLB Tips – 9th October

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It was a 4-0 sweep on Saturday! Bang Bang! That makes it a 6-2 post season record.

LA Dodgers at Washington Nationals

Tip: Over 7.5 runs ($2)

LA’s Game Two starter Rich Hill (12-5, 2.12 ERA) was let go by the Nationals just 16 months ago and now gets the opportunity to put them in a massive hole in this series. LA can escape the nations capital with a 2-0 lead in the best of five NLDS. The Dodgers picked up a Game One victory behind a 4-3 scoreline, even though Kershaw wasn’t at his best but at this point of the season winning any way you can is paramount. Hill had six starts in the regular season for LA after being traded over from Oakland, going 3-2 with a 1.83 ERA. He hasn’t seen much of Washington in the past, just three starts for a 1-1 record and a 4.34 ERA. Drawing the start for Washington will be Tanner Roark (16-10, 2.83 ERA) with Stephen Strasburg not on the series roster after he injured his elbow. Roark has had a career season, setting new records for victories and ERA while limiting the opposition to a .228 BA. This will be his first ever post season start and you would think there is some nerves in there somewhere that could lead to a few hiccups in the early innings. The Nationals haven’t won a playoff series since relocating from Montreal and in their entire franchise history have only won one series (1981 as the Expos). Tipping LA to get back to the West Coast with a 2-0 lead.

SF Giants at Chicago Cubs

Tip: Cubs WIN ($1.52)

SF starter Jeff Samardzija (12-11, 3.81 ERA) spent 6 1/2 seasons playing for the Cubs at Wrigley Field and will now get the start for Game Two in what shapes as a must win for the Giants. There was some debate whether Samardzija would get the ball for this game as the Giants also had mid season acquisition Matt Moore available but given Samardzija’s familiarity with Wrigley Field and the fact Moore pitched the final regular season game, the Giants manager has chosen to with Samardzija. This will be his first post season start and his first outing since the last week of September. Opposing him will be Kyle Hendricks (16-8, 2.13 ERA) who owned the best ERA in the majors through the regular season. That’s super impressive when you have the likes of Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta in your rotation. His 2016 season can definitely be classed as a breakout year and he will want to carry that form in to the post season. He was 9-2 with a eye popping 1.32 ERA in 14 turns at home, unstoppable. The Cubs need to win this game as they will be facing Madison Bumgarner in Game Three back in SF and he has already beaten them twice this season. Liking the Cubs to win it and if there run total is around 4 then take the over on that too.

Postseason Record: 6-2

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