BangtheBook wants to give you more information to make your baseball bets winning ones through the playoffs. We’re down to the final four teams, and it’s now the best of seven in each series. The stakes couldn’t get any higher, and it’s time for the best teams to step up. It might not be the best series’ for television ratings, but the Orioles vs. the Royals and the Giants vs. the Cardinals should be two terrific matchups.
-First, we’ll look at some important trends for the American League Championship Series. Kansas City has been money as an underdog of late. It seems the books continue to underrate the Royals through their impressive run. Kansas City is a perfect 6-0 in their last 6 games as an underdog. James Shields starts Game One for the Royals, and Kansas City is an underdog. The Royals are 22-4 in Shields’ last 26 road starts. The Royals are also 10-1 in Shields’ last 11 starts as an underdog.
The Baltimore Orioles are 37-15 in their last 52 home games. Baltimore was a big surprise all year long, and this team appears to have no real weaknesses. The Orioles are starting Chris Tillman in Game One. The Orioles are 8-0 in Tillman’s last 8 starts as a favorite. Baltimore is 41-18 in Tillman’s last 59 starts overall. Interestingly, the Royals are an identical 41-18 in Shields’ last 59 starts overall. The under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two in Baltimore. Baltimore is 10-1 in their last 11 games vs. the AL Central. The Royals are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.
-The National League Championship Series should be a great one between San Francisco and St. Louis. These are two franchises who have both experienced a bunch of success in the past in the postseason, so I expect a long series in this one. The Giants have been money on the road in the playoffs. San Francisco is 6-0 in their last 6 road playoff games. The Giants are 20-6 in their last 26 playoff games as an underdog. Madison Bumgarner starts Game One for the Giants. The Giants are 7-2 in his last 9 starts, and they are 16-5 in his last 21 road starts. On the other hand, the Giants are only 1-5 in Bumgarner’s last 6 starts against the Cardinals. The over is 4-0 in Bumgarner’s last 4 starts vs. St. Louis.
The Cardinals are 37-16 in their last 53 home games. St. Louis is 8-0 in their last 8 home games vs. a left-handed starter. The Cardinals are 7-2 in their last 9 playoff home games. Adam Wainwright is scheduled to start Game One. The Cardinals are 54-24 in Wainwright’s last 78 starts. St. Louis is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the Giants with Wainwright on the hill. The under is 4-0 in the Giants last 4 games overall. The under is 5-1 in the Cardinals last 6 games. Expect some low posted totals in this series.