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One Game To Rule Them All: Dodgers, Astros Meet In Game 7

One of the best World Series in recent memory fittingly gets a dramatic Game 7 Wednesday when the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers meet in the City of Angels. When the MLB had a change of heart and gave the team with the best record the home-field advantage in the World Series, they must have known that it has not historically played into the results.

SHARK BITES
  • Astros OF George Springer is 9-for-15 with 3 HRs in the past 5 games.
  • The Astros are 0-6 SU in their last 6 games as road underdogs.
  • The visiting team is 2-9 SU in the last 11 games in this matchup.

Since 1909, the World Series has gone to a deciding Game 7 on 37 occasions, with the home team going 18-19. In fact, the last two World Series that went to the all-important final game have been won by the road team (Chicago Cubs 2016, San Francisco Giants 2014). However, that ended a stretch that saw the home team win Game 7 nine consecutive times dating back to the 1982 Fall Classic.

The Astros will turn to Lance McCullers Jr. on the bump tonight. The righty has been rolling throughout the postseason with a 2.95 ERA in four appearances – including a 5.1-inning, three-run outing in Game 3 against the Dodgers. McCullers has bounced between the bullpen and the starting rotation through the playoffs, but he allowed just four earned runs in 11.1 innings as a starter.

Yu Darvish is out for revenge after he struggled in his Game 3 start, allowing six hits and four runs in just 1.2 innings – easily the shortest outing of his MLB career. That was only the fourth time in Darvish’s MLB career that he pitched fewer than 4.0 innings in an outing. In the previous three outings following those duds, the righty has posted a 4.08 ERA with 25 strikeouts to four walks.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those going with the Los Angeles Dodgers in this one found them listed on the oddsboard as moneyline favorites of -130 at BetOnline for Wednesday's contest. The betting total was hovering near 7.5 at Bovada.

OddsShark computer score prediction models pick a possible 4.7-2.6 win for the Astros on Wednesday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Dodgers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Los Angeles Dodgers sport a record of 114-62 heading into this matchup, while the Houston Astros sit at 111-68 on the season. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Houston injuries news.

The Los Angeles Dodgers vs Houston Astros odds would favor the Astros if the betting lines were set according to our power ranks. Los Angeles is rated No. 7 in the current OddsShark poll, while Houston is at No. 2.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits the Los Angeles Dodgers' No. 11-rated offense, averaging 4.84 runs per game, against a Houston Astros defense that ranks No. 8 at 4.32 in runs allowed per game. The Dodgers have averaged 8.31 hits per game so far, less than Astros batters have averaged on the year (9.62 hits per game).

Comparing defensive stats, Houston owns the No. 15-rated road mark, allowing 4.7 runs per game on the highway. Los Angeles, on the other hand, rates No. 13 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Astros endured a 3-1 loss at the hands of the Dodgers on Tuesday, with Justin Verlander throwing 6 innings of 3-hit ball at Dodger Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games
  • Houston is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games
  • Houston is 1-10 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
  • Houston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • LA Dodgers is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games
  • LA Dodgers is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
  • LA Dodgers is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Houston
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of LA Dodgers' last 10 games when playing Houston

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