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World Series Game 4: Astros Look to Take Commanding Lead

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Astros Up 2-1 After Dominating Game 3 in World Series

The fans at Minute Maid Park will watch Game Four of the 2017 MLB World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros when they take their seats on Saturday. First Pitch is at 8:20 pm EST. FOX Sports will televise the game nationally.

Oddsmakers opened the Astros as -112-moneyline favorites versus the Dodgers, while the game’s total opened at 8. The Astros are now -136-moneyline favorites. The total is up to 8.5.

After going through eight relief pitchers in Game 2. Then sending five more to the mound in Game 3 of the World Series Friday Night. Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts faced questions regarding the state of his bullpen after a 5-3 loss.

Excluding Kenta Maeda, who worked 2 2/3 scoreless innings in Game 3, Roberts declared each member of his bullpen available for action Game 4. The Dodgers can’t afford to go down 3-1 to the Astros.

Dodgers Need Wood to Go Deep in Game 4 of World Series

The Dodgers will trot Alex Wood out to the mound in this one. Left hander Wood has a 16-4 record and a 2.81 ERA this season. Wood has made just one start this postseason. He gave up three runs and four hits. Wood had seven strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings of Game 4 in the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs. The Dodgers dropped that game 3-2, their lone loss of that series.

Wood gets the ball with the Dodgers on the brink of a daunting deficit should they lose. But he is happy for the opportunity to start instead of relieve.

Wood will have a pressure-packed outing. He is equipped for the challenge. Wood led the majors in winning percentage after finishing 16-3 with a career-best 2.72 ERA in 27 appearances.

His 3.3 WAR was the second-best mark of his career. It only trailed the 3.7 WAR he had with the Atlanta Braves while finishing 11-11 with a 2.78 ERA in 2014.

Astros Turn to Morton in Game 3 of World Series

It’ll be Charlie Morton toeing the rubber for the Astros in this contest. Right hander Morton is 15-8 with a 3.83 ERA so far this season.

 

Astros manager A.J. Hinch parlayed a tandem outing to positive results again. He rode right-handers Lance McCullers and Brad Peacock to victory in Game 3. He did the same with Charlie Morton and McCullers in Game 7 of the ALCS. Morton gets his first World Series start on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.

Peacock  made 21 starts for the Astros during the regular season. He covered the final 3 2/3 innings with hitless relief. Hinch was able to avoid dipping into his beleaguered corps of full-time relievers.

The possibility exists for Hinch to execute the same gambit Saturday. He has right-hander Collin McHugh poised to finish what the Astros hope is a strong start by Morton.

 

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Recent Form

Team record money vs LHP vs RHP Fave Dog O/U Diff
LA Dodgers 112-61 $33.00 38-15 74-46 108-56 3-5 82-84-7 1.26
Houston 110-66 $1,243.00 25-26 85-40 106-53 4-13 88-78-10 1.14
Pitchers Last 3 Starts
A Wood (16-4) ERA: 2.81
event date Opponent Result score OU Result ip money
Oct 18, 2017 CHC L 2-3 U 4.2 -$100.00
Sep 26, 2017 SD W 9-2 O 6 $43.00
Sep 20, 2017 PHI L 5-7 O 6 -$100.00
C Morton (15-8) ERA: 3.83
event date Opponent Result score OU Result ip money
Oct 21, 2017 NYY W 4-0 U 5 $69.00
Oct 16, 2017 NYY L 1-8 O 3.2 -$100.00
Oct 9, 2017 BOS W 5-4 U 4.1 $82.00
Bullpen
LA Dodgers’s relievers have pitched 15.1 innings in the last 3 games.
Houston’s relievers have pitched 10 innings in the last 3 games.
Pitcher Recent Starts Vs Opponent

Los Angeles Dodgers – A Wood

Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
Jun 25, 2014 4-0 ATL 7 3 0 0 1 4 Win

Houston Astros – C Morton

Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
Aug 9, 2015 13-6 PIT 5 10 5 5 3 6 No Decision
Apr 30, 2010 6-2 LA 6 6 6 3 2 8 Loss

World Series Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 4.80 12 4.27 7
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 4.62 13 3.83 4
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 5.41 1 3.54 2
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 4.90 13 3.77 2

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line O/U Away Pitcher Home Pitcher Away Hits Home Hits Away Walks Home Walks Away Strikeouts Home Strikeouts
Oct 27, 2017 LA 3 HOU 5 -139 8 P Yu Darvish (R) Lance McCullers Jr. (R) 4 12 5 4 7 6
Oct 25, 2017 HOU 7 LA 6 -101 7.5 O Justin Verlander (R) Rich Hill (L) 14 5 5 3 8 11
Oct 24, 2017 HOU 1 LA 3 -177 7 U Dallas Keuchel (L) Clayton Kershaw (L) 3 6 0 2 12 5
Aug 23, 2015 LA 2 HOU 3 143 6.5 U Clayton Kershaw (L) Lance McCullers Jr. (R) 10 10 1 0 12 12
Aug 22, 2015 LA 1 HOU 3 115 7 U Zack Greinke (R) Scott Kazmir (L) 7 3 1 0 12 6
Aug 21, 2015 LA 0 HOU 3 -124 8 U Brett Anderson (L) Mike Fiers (R) 0 7 3 0 10 8
May 27, 2012 HOU 1 LA 5 -130 7 U J.A. Happ (L) Chris Capuano (L) 2 12 2 5 10 11
May 26, 2012 HOU 3 LA 6 -122 6.5 O Bud Norris (R) Chad Billingsley (R) 7 12 6 5 9 6
May 25, 2012 HOU 3 LA 1 -215 6 U Lucas Harrell (R) Clayton Kershaw (L) 7 7 6 5 8 3
Apr 22, 2012 LA 0 HOU 12 116 7 O Chad Billingsley (R) Wandy Rodriguez (L) 6 12 3 5 7 6

World Series Betting Trends

Team Vs Division Or Conference

Los Angeles Dodgers

record Home Away Fave Dog O/U vs LHP vs RHP
Overall 112-61 62-25 50-36 108-54 5-7 82-84-6 38-15 74-46
Last 10 7-3 4-1 3-2 6-1 1-2 3-5-1 5-0 2-3
vs Div 44-35 25-15 19-20 44-35 1-0 41-37-1 23-11 21-24
vs AL 17-6 10-2 7-4 16-4 1-2 10-10-3 4-0 13-6
vs NL 95-55 52-23 43-32 92-50 4-5 72-74-3 34-15 61-40

Houston Astros

record Home Away Fave Dog O/U vs LHP vs RHP
Overall 110-66 55-33 55-33 106-50 9-14 88-78-10 25-26 85-40
Last 10 6-4 5-0 1-4 6-0 0-4 4-5-1 2-2 4-2
vs Div 50-26 24-15 26-11 49-23 3-2 34-38-4 11-10 39-16
vs AL 93-60 47-30 46-30 89-47 8-11 75-69-9 20-24 73-36
vs NL 17-6 8-3 9-3 17-3 1-3 13-9-1 5-2 12-4
Team Last 5 Games

Los Angeles Dodgers

Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
Oct 27, 2017 HOU 3-5 L 129 8 Y Darvish 1.2 L McCullers A
Oct 25, 2017 HOU 6-7 L -101 7.5 R Hill 4 J Verlander H
Oct 24, 2017 HOU 3-1 W -177 7 C Kershaw 7 D Keuchel H
Oct 19, 2017 CHC 11-1 W -142 7 C Kershaw 6 J Quintana A
Oct 18, 2017 CHC 2-3 L -125 9.5 A Wood 4.2 J Arrieta A

Houston Astros

Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
Oct 27, 2017 LA 5-3 W -139 8 L McCullers 5.1 Y Darvish H
Oct 25, 2017 LA 7-6 W -109 7.5 J Verlander 6 R Hill A
Oct 24, 2017 LA 1-3 L 167 7 D Keuchel 6.2 C Kershaw A
Oct 21, 2017 NYY 4-0 W -145 8 C Morton 5 C Sabathia H
Oct 20, 2017 NYY 7-1 W -150 7.5 J Verlander 7 Luis Severino H

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Next up:
Los Angeles at Houston Sunday, October 29

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Dirty

Dirty has been an employee or owner of some of the top online sports gambling forums since 1998. He worked at EOG.com from it's inception until 2008 when he left and opened GamblingIQ and then in 2012 opened Handicappers Hidaway. He has written hundreds af articles over the years and always has his "Dirty Dozen" College Football poll up starting the first week of October.
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