Who Wins Dodgers or Astros? 2017 World Series Betting Odds and Predictions

Neither the Dodgers or Astros were favorites to win the 2017 World Series. Yet, here they are, the Dodgers attempting to win their seventh title while the Astros try for their first on their second time around in the Fall Classic. Read on to get the World Series Betting odds and predictions.

World Series 2017 Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Dodgers Predictions

Game 1 2017 World Series Betting Odds and Schedule

  • When: October 24, 2017, 8:09 PM ET
  • Where: Dodger Stadium
  • Moneyline: Dodgers -167 vs Astros +157
  • Over/Under: 7
  • Coverage: ESPN
  • Game 2: Wed, 10/25 in LA
  • Game 3: Fri, 10/27 in Houston
  • Game 4: Sat, 10/28 in Houston
  • Game 5: Sun, 10/29 in Houston
  • Game 6: Tues, 10/31 in LA
  • Game 7: Wed, 11/1 in LA

Betting on the Astros

To win, Houston will need to snag at least one win at Dodger Stadium, where L.A. held opponents to a .217 average in 2017.

As if this weren’t hard enough, the Astros’ bullpen isn’t quite as impressive as that of the Dodgers’.

Throughout this postseason, Ken Giles, Joe Musgrove, Francisco Liriano and Chris Devinski have combined to pitch 13.1 innings in relief to the tune of an 8.78 ERA.

This doesn’t bode well for a potential seven-game series, where the Astros will be forced to go to their bullpen hoping their relievers can buck the trend.

A.J. Hinch might be thinking of pushing Justin Verlander for complete games, but how far can Verlander last?

Given how shaky the bullpen is, Verlander might have a grueling road up ahead.

Now, this isn’t to say the Astros don’t have their own ace up their sleeves which probably comes by ways of their sliders.

According to Fangraphs, Dallas Keuchel has a .176 batting average against his, and Justin Verlander has held batters to a .215 average with the pitch. While Lance McCullers Jr. and Charlie Morton both throw curveballs their pitches have the same effect as a slider. McCullers has a .192 average against his breaking pitch while Charlie Morton is holding batters to a .104 clip.

No batter amongst Los Angeles' regulars has a batting average higher than .262 against sliders while Corey Seager is hitting .221 and Game 7 hero Enrique Hernandez is batting .082.

However, the Astros’ main weapon is its offense. After all, their lineup scored the most runs during the regular season.

When you factor in the fact that in each of the last four years the team with the better regular-season OPS has won the World Series then you start to think about things.

And, while you’re thinking about that, recall the Astros knocked off a Cy Young award candidate in Luis Severino in Game 6, and a veteran lefty in CC Sabathia in Game 7 when they also scored seven runs off the best bullpen in baseball in those two games, proving they can win a game when they have to.

Betting on the Dodgers

Home field advantage can be the defining factor for this World Series.

This postseason, home teams are 23-8 which on the surface gives LA the head start in Game 1.

However, when you factor in the Dodgers’ bullpen, there are more reasons tilting the balance to Los Angeles’ side.

For years, the Dodgers bullpen was its Achilles’ Heel. Now, it’s so chock-full of talent that they’ll be able to rest their starters even against the Astros’ top bats.

Los Angeles’ bullpen is arguably the best of these two teams, one that only allowed a run in 17 innings to the defending world champion Chicago Cubs in the NLCS.

Not only that, how relievers dominated throughout the NLDS and NLCS is in stark contrast to that of the Astros’ relievers.

The Dodgers’ relievers are high on a 24-inning scoreless streak, while not giving up an earned run in their past five consecutive playoff games.

About the only thing that one can think of that might be of worry, is whether Clayton Kershaw can shake off his postseason hex.

Since 2008, Kershaw has a 4.40 ERA through 21 playoff appearances. This is a far cry from his 2.36 career ERA outside the playoffs and, obviously, doesn’t reflect on how good he really is. But, he now has a shot of changing his story.

The lineup is also firing on all cylinders, with the likes of Kiké Hernandez smacking three homers in a game and Charlie Culberson having everything going his way.

Astros vs Dodgers Betting Trends

  • Houston is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Houston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing LA Dodgers
  • LA Dodgers is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • LA Dodgers is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Houston
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Dodgers' last 6 games when playing Houston

World Series Prediction: The Astros have proved their grit and had a bumpier ride than the Dodgers to make it to the World Series. Most analysts are expecting the Dodgers to win in 6 games, I expect the same. However, there is reason to believe the Astros can shock in Game 1, my money is on them tonight.

 
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