This regular season was the best in years but the 2019 postseason is even more exciting than we had hoped. As of Tuesday, St. Louis and Atlanta were tied, 2-2, as was Washington and Los Angeles. Tampa Bay trailed Houston, 2-1 with Game 4 Tuesday at Tropicana Field.
The only series that has concluded is the Twins-Yankees matchup. New York ran through Minnesota in three games. Now the Bronx Bombers await the winner of the Rays-Astros series.
New York outscored Minnesota, 23-7. Yes, we all know the Yankees’ pitching staff leaves a lot to be desired. However, how much does that matter in today’s game? Averaging 7.66 RPG in the playoffs is going to be tough to beat.
I give Houston the edge over Tampa Bay. Obviously having a 2-1 lead in a short series favors the Astros, but they are just such a complete ballclub.
The real excitement is in the NL. Both series are tied 2-2, but playing at home for Game 5 should benefit both the Braves and Dodgers.
Speaking of which, here are this week’s Best Bets (all records, stats, and trends are as of Tuesday and may change as can starting pitchers):
Cardinals at Braves: Scheduled starters for Game 5 are Jack Flaherty and Mike Foltynewicz. These two pitchers went up against each other twice this season, with Atlanta winning back in May, 4-3 and again in Game 2 of this series, as the Braves topped the Cardinals, 3-0.
Overall this season, Flaherty went 1-1 in three starts vs. Atlanta, while Foltynewicz went 2-1 in three starts vs. St. Louis. Flaherty is more of a power pitcher with 231 K’s in 196.1 IP and also has the better ERA (2.75). Foltynewicz struck out 105 batters in 117.0 IP and owns an ERA of 4.54.
The big difference is that the Cardinals are 42-41 on the road this season and average 4.61 RPG as a guest. The Braves are 51-32 at home where they account for 5.33 RPG.
To me, Atlanta has played the most consistent ball in the NL all year. Overall, I must side with the more dangerous lineup playing at home. St. Louis is 1-7 the last eight road playoff games and 3-8 the last 11 overall playoff games. BRAVES
Nationals at Dodgers: Both of these teams are red-hot, as Washington is 13-3 the last 16 outings and Los Angeles is 9-2 the last 11 contests.
The Dodgers have taken six of the 11 meetings this season and the under is 7-3-1.
Washington will start Stephen Strasburg, who is 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA this postseason en route to an 18-6 record with a 3.32 ERA. The Dodgers will counter with Walker Buehler, who is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in this year’s playoffs and has an overall record of 14-4 with an ERA of 3.26 in 2019.
Washington is one of the few NL teams that aren’t intimidated by Los Angeles, but the Dodgers have gotten the better of the Nationals, going 11-5 the last 16 overall meetings .
This is too tough of a game, I am staying away from making a selection. I’m just going to put my feet up and enjoy watching.
Last week: 2-0