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Home Field Could Be Of Vital Importance In World Series

The World Series kicks off between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night in the City of Angels. It might sound trite but home-field advantage should play a huge role in the Fall Classic, as home teams are 23-8 this postseason – including both the Dodgers and Astros winning all of their home games.

Shark Bites
  • The Dodgers are 23-2 SU in their last 25 games at home with Clayton Kershaw as the starting pitcher.
  • The Dodgers have a collective 2.28 ERA during the postseason – the lowest of any team.
  • The Astros are averaging 2.6 rpg on the road this postseason compared to 5.2 at home.

For the first time since 1970, the World Series will feature two teams that ended the regular season with triple-digit victories. However, the Dodgers and Astros know little of each other personally, as the two clubs have not faced off since a three-game series in August 2015.

Clayton Kershaw will take the bump in Game 1 for the Dodgers in search of the World Series ring that has eluded him throughout his career. Kershaw’s previous postseason play has been questioned but the southpaw has posted a respectable 3.63 ERA during these playoffs and only allowed three runs in his 11.0 innings of work during the NLCS.

The Astros will counter with ace Dallas Keuchel, who is coming off the worst postseason start of his career. The lefty surrendered seven hits and four runs in 4.2 innings during Game 5 of the ALCS. Even with that mediocre outing, Keuchel has a 2.59 ERA in six career postseason outings dating back to 2015.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The moneyline was hovering in the range of -155 for the Los Angeles Dodgers in this one over at Bovada. The OVER/UNDER number was sitting near 7 at 5Dimes.

OddsShark prediction models pick the Dodgers to win this game 5.1-0.4. 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

Los Angeles (111-59) will face the 108-65 Astros in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Houston injuries news.

It's an MLB betting matchup between the No. 7-rated Los Angeles Dodgers and the league No. 2-ranked Houston Astros, according to the latest MLB power poll here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Los Angeles Dodgers' No. 11 ranked offense (4.81 runs per game) against a Houston Astros defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 7 at 4.28 runs allowed per game. The Dodgers have been averaging 8.36 hits per game, less than the Astros have managed so far this season (9.66 hits on average).

Los Angeles owns the No. 2 defense, which contrasts with Houston's No. 7-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Astros didn't allow a single run in their last start, as their staff shut out New York 4-0 on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.

Los Angeles ran up the score in their last game on Thursday, jumping to a lead and resulting in an 11-1 victory against Chicago.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Houston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing LA Dodgers
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games when playing LA Dodgers
  • LA Dodgers is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • LA Dodgers is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Houston
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Dodgers' last 6 games when playing Houston
  • LA Dodgers is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Houston

Next Betting Matchups

Houston at Los Angeles, Wednesday, October 25