Thu, Oct 18, 12:51pm by Staff Writer
The Major League Baseball playoffs are hotting up, with just four teams still in with a chance of winning the World Series.
In the National League, the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers are currently locked at two games apiece in their best of seven series.
The Dodgers are $3.75 to win the World Series after losing last season’s World Series to the Houston Astros.
The Brewers are yet to make it to the World Series and are $5 to win their inaugural title.
It was the Brewers that took care of business in game one, winning 6-5.
A solo home run by reliever Brandon Woodruff stunned ace Clayton Kershaw to give Milwaukee a 1-0 series lead.
The tables turned in game two the following night as it was the Dodgers who secured a one run win by a 4-3 score.
A two-run homer by Justin Turner in the eighth inning was enough to see the Dodgers home and send the series back to Los Angeles tied.
It was the Brewers’ bullpen that won them game three as they kept the Dodgers scoreless at Dodgers Stadium to win 4-0 in game three.
The Brewers took a 1-0 lead after the first innings and never looked back, scoring again in the sixth and twice in the seventh.
In a must-win game four on Wednesday, the Dodgers came out of a 13-innings marathon with a walk off home run to beat the Brewers 2-1 and keep their hopes of reaching the World Series alive.
Game five takes place on Thursday morning (AEDST) and the winner of that game will need just one more victory to take their place in the World Series.
The American League Championship Series features two of the best teams in baseball this season, the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox.
Each team won more than 100 games during the regular season, with the Red Sox the $2.75 favourites to win the World Series. The Astros are priced at $4 to claim back-to-back titles.
The Astros stunned the World Series favourites in game one at Fenway Park winning 7-2 last Sunday.
The scores were tied at 2-2 in the fifth inning, before four runs at the top of the ninth clinched an important win for Houston.
Boston bounced back in game two as the Red Sox bullpen came to the party and tied the series at 1-1.
The majority of the runs in that game came in the first three innings, with Boston leading 5-4 after three.
The series moved to Houston for game three as the Red Sox stunned the hosts 8-2.
A Jackie Bradley grand slam in the eighth inning where the Red Sox scored five decisive runs was pivotal in the route.
Boston has regained home field advantage and taken a 2-1 lead in the series.
Boston struck first with three straight hits that resulted in two runs at the top of the first.
The Astros chipped away and kept in touch, but it was Boston that always appeared the more threatening of the two teams.
Astros starter Dallas Keuchel walked two batters in the third, but the Astros were fortunate to not suffer any further damage on the scoreboard.
Game four of the series takes place at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Thursday afternoon (AEDST), with the Astros starting Charlie Morton.
The 34-year-old will look to be a difference maker once again, as he went 15-3 in the regular season with a 3.13 ERA during the regular season. It will be his first appearance this post season.
MLB World Series Odds
Boston Red Sox $2.75
Los Angeles Dodgers $3.75
Houston Astros $4
Milwaukee Brewers $5
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