Last night the Nationals twisted the knife a little deeper into the Cardinals to move to 3-0. Can they finish it off tonight or will the Cardinals fight back? We also get resumption in the 100-win series between the Yankees and Astros. Can the Astros win their first road playoff game, or can the Yankees take a crucial game off the Verlander/Cole combination.
Here are Today’s MLB Picks:
Houston Astros @ New York Yankees
1u – New York Yankees +1.5 @ -117
- Per Statschecker, the New York Yankees have the best record covering the spread at home (46-30-7)
- Per Statschecker, the Houston Astros rank 27th in the league ATS on the road (34-40-9)
This series is a tough one to call. Both teams are so good, and both deserve to advance to the World Series. With the weather expecting to favor hitting tonight it could neutralize the brilliance of Gerrit Cole somewhat. However, if he can still control the ball then his ability to avoid contact could be the key. Saying that the stats are hugely in the Yankees favor in this one when it comes to home and road splits. The Astros were 0-2 on the road against the Rays and I think there is a real chance not only do the Yankees cover the spread but that they actually win.
St. Louis Cardinals @ Washington Nationals
1u – Washington Nationals -1.5 @ -110
- Per Statschecker, the Washington Nationals are the second best in the league at covering at home, with a 43-31-11 record
- Patrick Corbin has a 2.40 ERA at home this season, while Dakota Hudson has a 4.13 ERA on the road
I am not expecting the Cardinals to go without a fight in this one, but the Nationals should have too much. Patrick Corbin was much improved down the stretch and had a good first start in the playoffs, even if he has struggled at one point in a relief role. Dakota Hudson has also been solid in the second half, but his road form on the season has not been great. The Cardinals offense has gone ice cold and the Nationals have covered their last five games.