Fri, Oct 5, 1:31pm by Staff Writer
October means one thing in the world of baseball – playoffs. The post season has already begun in Major League Baseball with the New York Yankees and Colorado Rockies both winning wildcard games this week.
New York used a four-run sixth innings to take a 6-0 lead in the game and they were never headed.
They eventually beat the Oakland Athletics 7-2 and progressed through the wildcard round and into the division series.
The Yankees are $8.50 to win the World Series, which would be their 28th World Series title and first since 2009.
They play bitter rivals the Boston Red Sox in the division series, with the first game taking place on Saturday.
The Yankees are $2.61 outsiders to win at Fenway Park, with the Red Sox a $1.52 favourite.
Boston finished with a 108-54 record in the American League and that was the best mark in baseball this season.
They joined the Houston Astros and the Yankees as the only 100-win teams in the MLB this season.
Boston is priced at $2.70 to win the American League and $4.25 to win the World Series.
2017 World Series champions the Houston Astros are a $4.40 chance of winning back-to-back World Series.
They had a 103-59 regular season and would play the winner of the Boston and New York Yankees series.
Before they can think ahead though, they have a challenging series against third seeded Cleveland.
The Indians topped the American League Central division with 91 wins this season and have not won the World Series since 1948.
Their last appearance in the World Series was in 2016 when they lost to the Cubs. They are $10.50 to win the 2018 World Series.
The Colorado Rockies upset the Chicago Cubs to win the National League wildcard game this week.
The Rockies won 2-1 and after entering the post season with the second lowest winning percentage and the bottom seed in the National League, they have progressed to a division round match up against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Milwaukee finished the regular season with the best record in the National Division at 96-67.
They are $7 to win the World Series and it would be the first in team history.
The Colorado Rockies are also without a World Series to their name, with their best performance a National League pennant in 2007. They are $8.50 to win the World Series.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are the market leader to be the team from the National League to win the World Series, priced at $7.
The Dodgers have a rich history of success in the World Series, last winning in 1988. After a near 20-year World Series drought, they lost last season’s World Series to the Houston Astros.
They are favoured to win their division series matchup against the Atlanta Braves that starts on Friday.
The Braves are in the playoffs by virtue of their top seeding in the National League East, but managed only 90 wins during the season.
They are $13.50 to win the World Series.
Saturday’s fixtures in baseball feature all eight playoff teams and starts with the Indians playing the Astros.
Cleveland is a $2.25 outsider to beat the Astros, who are priced at $1.68.
The teams played seven times in May and the Astros held a 4-3 advantage.
In Houston, the Astros won 4-1 and 3-1, with a 5-4 defeat sandwiched between them.
In four games in Cleveland, the Astros won the first two games comfortably before the Indians fought back to win 8-6 and 10-9, with the latter match going to 14 innings.
The Yankees are $2.61 underdogs for their trip to Fenway Park to take on the Boston Red Sox.
Boston is priced at $1.52 and holds a decided advantage in the head to head between the teams this season.
The Red Sox won two games in April against the Yankees and took four of six games played in Boston in May.
They then won all four games played at Yankee Stadium in August, with three of them by multiple run margins. The Yankees gained the ascendency in games in September, winning four of six.
MLB World Series Odds
Boston Red Sox $4.25
Houston Astros $4.40
Los Angeles Dodgers $7
Milwaukee Brewers $7
New York Yankees $7.50
Colorado Rockies $8.50
Cleveland Indians $10.50
Atlanta Braves $13.50
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