The MLB Playoffs are here. They kicked off in fine fashion with the Kansas City Royals winning one of the most exciting baseball games you’ll ever see on Tuesday night over the Oakland A’s. That game had everything you could want in a baseball game. Wednesday night it was Madison Bumgarner and the Giants dominating the Pittsburgh Pirates. Now the one game “play-ins” are complete and the regular playoff series’ will begin. Playoff baseball is totally different than regular season baseball, and bettors must hunt for value in every way they can.
BangtheBook wants to give you more information to make your baseball bets winning ones through the playoffs. We’ll get things started with the Division Series’ trends for the eight teams that remain in the hunt for the title.
-The Tigers and Orioles get their series started in Baltimore on Thursday. Detroit is 4-0 in their last 4 following an off day. They’ve had several days off before this one. Baltimore is 3-8 in their last 11 following a day off. Detroit is 49-17 in Max Scherzer’s last 66 starts overall. The Orioles are 37-16 in their last 53 home games. Baltimore is 4-0 in Chris Tillman’s last 4 starts vs. Detroit. Justin Verlander starts game two for the Tigers, and the Tigers are 8-0 in his last 8 starts at Baltimore. The under is 4-0 in the Orioles last 4 playoff games.
-Kansas City and Los Angeles get underway Thursday night as well. The Royals are 6-2 in their last 8 road games. Kansas City is just 1-5 in Jason Vargas’ last 6 road starts, and he’ll start game one. Los Angeles is 41-17 in their last 58 home games. The Angels are 6-14 in their last 20 playoff games. Los Angeles is 71-33 in Jered Weaver’s last 104 starts. The Angels are 6-0 in Weaver’s last 6 starts vs. Kansas City. Matt Shoemaker has been a huge surprise for the Angels, and the team has gone 17-4 in his last 21 starts. He’ll start game two.
-The San Francisco Giants are 4-0 in their last 4 playoff road games. The Giants are 22-8 in their last 30 playoff games. This team knows how to win in October. Washington is 36-15 in their last 51 games. The Nationals are 9-2 in their last 11 home games against the Giants. The over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams. The over is 12-3-2 in the Giants last 17 vs. a team with a winning record. The over is 11-4-1 in the Nationals last 16 vs. a team with a winning record.
-St. Louis and Los Angeles is a battle of the titans in the National League. I expect a great series between these two. The Cardinals are only 3-8 in their last 11 playoff road games. It’s Adam Wainwright vs. Clayton Kershaw in Game One. The Cardinals are 53-24 in Wainwright’s last 77 starts. The Dodgers are 37-14 in Kershaw’s last 51 starts. The over is 20-4-2 in the Dodgers last 26 games overall. The under is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings between these two teams. Surprisingly, the Dodgers are 2-5 in Kershaw’s last 7 starts vs. St. Louis. The Cardinals are also 1-4 in Wainwright’s last 5 road starts at Dodger Stadium.