MLB playoffs betting odds, picks: George Springer will get Astros going with home run vs. Rays ALCS Game 2

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Hello, fellow bettors. We’ve made it through two rounds of the 2020 MLB playoffs in pretty good shape. The team-level bets show us with a 12-8 record, which, in baseball, that’s a feast. We’ve even hit on our bonus three times by correctly picking a player to homer. Time to ride the wave of success into the league championship series. 

ALCS Game 2


Tampa Bay (-1.5)

4 p.m.



NLCS Game 1


L.A. Dodgers (-1.5)

8 p.m. 



All lines via William Hill Sportsbook

Neither team has lost so far this playoff season, so something has to give here. As evidenced by the line, most people believe the give comes on the Braves’ end. It’s the smart pick, that’s for sure. The Dodgers are the obvious best team in baseball this season and don’t have a glaring weakness. I have them winning this series.

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Dodgers and Braves Have Won With the Home Run. Can They Win Without It?

The first two rounds of the Major League Baseball playoffs reflected the modern game: lots and lots of home runs. In 11 of the 12 series before Sunday, 54.8 percent of all runs were scored on homers.

By comparison, the games at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, seemed to be lifted from the 1980s. The ballpark, which opened in July, is the site of the National League Championship Series, which starts on Monday between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves. The winner gets to stay in town to play the World Series.

“The park plays big,” said Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts, whose team swept the San Diego Padres in their division series last week in Arlington. “We’ve had the roof open, but it still plays pretty big. It’s a beautiful ballpark. It plays more to the pitcher, but there’s a lot of outfield grass out there for

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LOOK: Yankees’ Brett Gardner robs Rays’ Randy Arozarena of home run in ALDS Game 5


Rare is the pitcher who’s been able to keep Randy Arozarena of the Rays in check this postseason, so Yankees fly-catcher Brett Gardner decided to take on the mission himself. In the sixth inning of Friday night’s decisive ALDS Game 5 (NYY-TB GameTracker), Arozarena appeared to have homered off New York ace Gerrit Cole to break a 1-1 tie. 

However, Gardner out in left field was unwilling to accommodate: 

That left Arozarena’s bat at 99.6 mph and with a launch angle of 38 degrees. That launch angle is a little higher than optimal, and in this instance it was probably high enough to get caught up in the San Diego evening marine layer. Arozarena appeared to think it was gone off the bat, but that turned out to be not the case by a hairsbreadth or so. 

Anyhow, that’s not the typical home run robbery, as Gardner didn’t undertake the

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Rays’ Mike Brosseau gets sweet revenge on Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman with clutch go-ahead home run


The Rays never led the Yankees in the decisive Game 5 of the ALDS on Friday until the eighth inning when pinch-hitter Mike Brosseau got the best of an Aroldis Chapman fastball — a fastball that happened to be the 10th pitch of the at-bat. Here’s the game-changing color television footage: 

That blast made gave the Rays a 2-1 lead and pushed their chances of winning Game 5 from 56.2 percent to 85.3 percent. That one-run margin would hold up and send the Rays to the ALCS for the second time in franchise history (box score). As for Brosseau’s clutch homer off that triple-digit fastball, it’s not something that happens often: 

There’s also this: 

To state the obvious, coming off the bench to face a pitcher with Chapman’s stuff is no easy task — bonus credit to him for fouling off a pair of fastballs and a pair of sliders

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Breaking down Astros’ Carlos Correa’s home run celebration

Carlos Correa already has hit four home runs in the Astros’ five playoff games this postseason, and each one has come with a show as he’s rounded the bases.

When he hit a walk-off home run to the beat the Yankees in Game 2 of last year’s American League Championship Series, he exhorted a sold-out Minute Maid Park crowd as he left the batter’s box, cupping his right hand to his ear, urging them to bring even more noise.

He’s adapted that same gesture in the playoffs this season, doing it along with third-base coach Omar Lopez whenever he makes the turn for home.

“With no fans in the stands this year, I decided to do it rounding third with the coach at third base,” Correa said after his home run celebration in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against Oakland. “Just kind of like make it my

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Acer Hits A Home Run With Spin 5

I’m a huge San Diego Padres fan. So when my team advanced to the National League Division Series to play the Los Angeles Dodgers this past week, I planned to watch every inning on our big-screen TV. Unfortunately, when Game 3 came around last night, that screen was spoken for by my wife. So instead of watching on one of our other two TVs with much smaller displays, I got into bed and flipped on the Acer Spin 5 convertible laptop (model SP513-54N-74V2) I’ve been testing. Brought up the game, flipped the laptop into tent mode, and quickly became awed. 

That’s because the image looked crystal high-definition clear. In fact, I think the viewing experience may have been superior to that on our big screen. What’s not to like about this Windows 10 machine…you know, other than the Windows operating system? It

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Cody Bellinger robs Fernando Tatis Jr. of go-ahead home run with incredible catch

The 2020 MLB season has been the Year of Fernando Tatis Jr. and it looked as if the San Diego Padres’ shortstop was going to add another legendary moment to his list of achievements when he crushed a Brusdar Graterol pitch to deep center field — until Cody Bellinger appeared and made a sensational leaping grab at the wall to keep the Dodgers ahead late in Game 2 and Clayton Kershaw in line for the win.

Bellinger’s grab was the first home run robbery in a postseason game since Los Angeles had a David Freese long ball taken away by Milwaukee’s Lorenzo Cain in the 2018 NLCS and the fifth in the past five postseasons. But Bellinger’s night might have them all beat with this added fact: Bellinger

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Cody Bellinger robs Fernando Tatis Jr. of home run

The Dodgers countered Manny Machado’s epic bat flip with an epic glove flip.
Cody Bellinger made a sensational leaping catch at the center-field wall at Globe Life Field to rob Fernando Tatis Jr. of a potential go-ahead home run in the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 6-5 win over the

The Dodgers countered Manny Machado’s epic bat flip with an epic glove flip.

Cody Bellinger made a sensational leaping catch at the center-field wall at Globe Life Field to rob Fernando Tatis Jr. of a potential go-ahead home run in the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 6-5 win over the Padres in Game 2 of the National League Division Series on Wednesday night. That incredible grab prompted reliever Brusdar Graterol to throw his glove and hat in celebration.

• NLDS presented by Doosan, Game 3: 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on MLB Network. To find your channel, visit

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New York Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton rocks MLB playoffs with epic 118.3 mph home run

This is the Giancarlo Stanton whom New York Yankees fans have been waiting to see for the past three seasons.

Stanton hit two home runs in Tuesday’s Game 2 of the Yankees’ division series against the Tampa Bay Rays — which New York ultimately lost 7-5 — and the second one was a legendary three-run blast off Tampa Bay starter Tyler Glasnow, a 118.3 mph rocket in the fourth inning, an estimated 458 feet onto the walkway behind the seats in left-center. Stanton also homered in the second inning, a low liner down the right-field line that just cleared the fence.

Stanton’s second home run off Glasnow’s 97 mph fastball was just the 16th home run of the Statcast era (since 2015) clocked at 118 mph or higher — and he has eight of them.

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Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton extends home run tear with slam in ninth inning

SAN DIEGO — All-Star slugger Giancarlo Stanton might have finally endeared himself to New York Yankees fans by having a signature postseason moment.

Stanton lived up to his former National League MVP pedigree on Monday, hitting the first postseason grand slam of his career in the Yankees’ 9-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.

“That was big, to come out how we did. It was huge,” Stanton said. “That was really cool. I can’t deny that. The spot I helped put the team in, don’t want to take your foot off the gas. Up by [two] compared to by six is a huge difference.”

There is no doubt that the 27-time World Series champions, the winningest franchise in baseball, are a club built for

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