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October 24, 2017

There is one pick tonight.

Take the UNDER 7 total runs in Houston Astros vs. LA Dodgers for 3% of the bankroll.
(Keuchel and Kershaw must start for wager to have action)

There is an old saying in baseball in that "Good pitching beats good hitting" and that has been the case already this postseason. Both the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers are not strangers when it comes to quality pitching as they both boast some of the top pitchers in the league in both their starting rotations as well as their bullpens.

In Game 1 tonight, Clayton Kershaw is slated to pitch opposite Dallas Keuchel in what is already shaping up to be a classic pitcher's duel. Both are dominant lefties who have shown their poise and professionalism when it comes to big-time games. Neither pitcher should experience any kind of nerves pitching on a big stage tonight which should allow both to showcase their full array of skilled pitches and allow them to keep the opposing offense at bay. In these big games and World Series, players tend to be a bit tighter as the stage is bigger and there's more media pressure on them than ever before. It's not uncommon to see 'low-scoring' matchups due to both offenses struggling which is what we expect in this matchup tonight.

This is also an interesting matchup, not only because of the two pitchers who are starting given that this is an American League team vs. a National League team game and these two pitchers have been at their respective teams for a long time, neither lineup has much experience against opposing pitcher! Not do the offensive players have the unfortunate task of facing a guy like Kershaw and Keuchel, but they must do so with limited at-bats against them which should also give the pitchers another edge on the mound.

Kershaw has pitched well in his last two starts, having allowed just three earned runs in his last 11 innings. The Dodger's bullpen has also been lights out in the playoffs, boasting a minuscule 0.94 ERA. The Astros have been stingy when it comes to giving up runs this postseason as well, but it should also be noted that their offense also hasn't been as productive on the road, averaging only 2.6 runs in their five road games. Runs will likely be hard to come by in this contest which should cause the final score to go under the posted total.

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