Fri, Oct 12, 1:08pm by Staff Writer
The Major League Baseball playoffs have reached the League Championship Series where the winner of the American and National Leagues will progress to the World Series.
The Houston Astros are the $2.88 favourite to win back-to-back World Series’ after dispatching Cleveland 3-0 in the Division Series.
The Astros convincingly won game one by a 7-2 score after a pair of home runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
Cleveland fought back at the top of the sixth to draw within two, but three runs in the seventh and eighth innings gave the 103-win Astros a 1-0 lead in the ALDS.
Game two was much closer, with the Indians coming out to take a one-run lead to the end of the fifth innings.
Houston struck in the sixth and seventh innings to take a 3-1 lead and with it, a decisive 2-0 series advantage.
Game three in Cleveland was a must win for the Indians and they faltered. The 11-3 loss was their heaviest of the post season, although they were in the contest until the later stages.
A three run outburst in the seventh innings and six runs in the eighth allowed Houston to take command and claim the series sweep.
The Astros take on the Boston Red Sox to determine the American League champion.
The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are two of the most storied franchises in Major League Baseball.
Their rivalry has been born out of decades of close matches, playoffs, brawls and geographical proximity.
The Red Sox will have the last laugh this season though after a 3-1 series win in the ALDS.
Boston is priced at $3.30 to win the World Series, with its last World Series win in 2013.
The Red Sox won a close game against the Yankees at Fenway Park last week by a 5-4 scoreline.
The hosts lead 5-0 after three innings, before the Yankees made a furious comeback, to trail by just two runs heading into the ninth innings.
They managed to only score one home run in the ninth innings and were narrowly defeated.
The team from New York got their revenge one day later with a 6-2 win at Fenway Park to keep the series alive.
Aaron Judge scored two home runs, as did his team mate Gary Sanchez.
Game three at Yankee Stadium was a crucial game and the series hinged on the result of that contest.
It was all one-way traffic for the away team the Red Sox. They scored an improbable 16-1 win at Yankees Stadium.
The runs came thick and fast for Boston, who had a 10-1 lead after four innings.
It was the Yankees’ worst ever postseason defeat and they were unable to recover from the debacle, losing game four 4-3.
The Los Angeles Dodgers just missed out on winning the World Series last season but look poised for a return this season after defeating Atlanta in the NLDS.
The Dodgers are $3.60 to win the World Series and play Milwaukee in the NLCS.
Their 3-1 series win against Atlanta began with a 6-0 shutout win at Dodgers Stadium and a 3-0 win the following night, to set Atlanta a challenge if they were to recover and win the series.
The Braves came back in game three with a 6-5 win before going down 6-2 in game four.
Los Angeles is aiming to win its first World Series since 1988.
The Milwaukee Brewers swept aside the Colorado Rockies 3-0 to advance to the NLCS.
The Brewers have never won the World Series, with an American League Pennant in 1982 the franchise’s best achievement to date.
They are $5 to win the World Series.
Their series against the Rockies started with a 10-innings 3-2 win in Milwaukee, with the following two games proving to be one-sided.
Game two was a 4-0 victory to Milwaukee, with game three another shutout win, this time by a 6-0 score.
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