We had an exciting start to the ALDS yesterday with the New York Yankees and Houston Astros both winning their opening games in convincing fashion. The National League Divisional Series opens today with the No. 1 seed, Los Angeles Dodgers taking on the No. 4 seed San Diego Padres in Arlington, Texas as well as the No. 6 seed Miami Marlins vs. the No. 2 seed, Atlanta Braves in Houston, Texas.
Let’s dive right into these best of 5 series and see how we can make you some money in Game 1 of the NLDS.
#2 Atlanta Braves vs. #6 Miami Marlins (2:08pm ET – FS1)
The Atlanta Braves are young and talented. They beat the Reds 2-0 to open the playoffs because their pitching staff rose to the occasion. On paper, this looks like an easy matchup vs Miami, but these two teams know each other. I expect much more offense in this round than the first. If the Braves pitching can hold up, they will have a shot to get to the World Series.
The Miami Marlins surprised some people, but not me as we had the Marlins to win the series at +150. We knew what the Cubs were. The Marlins get a matchup against a division foe. There is nothing to hide here as these teams know each other well. They will ride the backs of their young arms and see where it takes them. The question is, can they slug it out with Atlanta if they have too?
Pick: Braves Runline -1.5 (-110)
#1 Los Angeles Dodgers vs. #4 San Diego Padres (9:38pm ET – FS1)
First the Dodgers entered the playoffs as the favorite to win it all. They sure looked the part in the opening round victory over the Brewers. This is truly the only team in these playoffs without an issue. With no home field advantage per say, LA can play any style of baseball with anyone.
The Padres won their winner-take all game 3 over the Cardinals. They were without their top pitcher and top deadline pitching acquisition. Dinelson Lamet and Mike Clevinger return for this series. This is a good team and can hang 10 runs on you before you know what hit you! Let us see how their plethora of trades at the deadline worked as they went all in.
Pick: Over 8 runs (-120)