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Matchups, best bets for both American League MLB Dream Bracket series today

Just two teams from the Junior Circuit will advance to the ALCS of simulated baseball.

Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros poses prior to a MLB game at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. Ryan played for the Houston Astros from 1980 to 1988. Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Today is Round 3 of the MLB Dream Bracket Presented by DraftKings. where 32 all-time Major League Baseball teams began via computer simulation to determine a winner. We’ve got our Final Four in the AL, and today more best-of-seven series begin to get down to the last two sides on the Junior Circuit.

The tournament uses Out Of The Park Baseball 21, a simulation engine powered by advanced statistics, ratings, and a complete database of players going back to 1871. Each matchup plays out a best-of-seven series between the best of the all-time rosters for both teams until we have a winner.

For today’s action you can enter here to win up to $500 via a free entry at DraftKings! You’ll need to correctly pick the two American League matchups as well as ten other questions more correctly than your opponents to take home the win.

Below are today’s matchups, and you can see the entire roster for all of today’s teams here. Here’s a few best bets choices for today’s games:

New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros

In the last round, the Yanks needed all seven games to eliminate the Cleveland Indians, and needed 18 home runs in the series to do it. Lou Gehrig hit four of them, and Mickey Mantle had seven RBI’s. On the mound, Andy Pettitte picked up two wins in the series.

The Astros needed six games to fend off the Detroit Tigers, with two Roy Oswalt wins and 15 combined RBI’s for Carlos Correa and Lance Berkman. Jeff Bagwell was 8-22 with two homers in the six games.

The Yankees just have too much offense to be held down despite their relative lack of pitching compared to the field. When you have a literal “Murderer’s Row” it’s tough to be topped. The ‘Stros will win a couple, but we’ll take the Bronx Bombers in six.

Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox

At least one set of hosiery will make the ALCS. The Red Sox lost Games 1 & 2 to the Blue Jays at Fenway, but swept their way home from there behind Ted Williams absurd .538/.586/1.115 slash line with five homers and 10 RBI’s.

The Pale Hose got through after five games with the Oakland A’s via Robin Ventura’s four home runs and eight RBI’s with a .333 average. Billy Pierce starred on the hill with 10 K’s in 11.2 innings.

The Red Sox might be the most loaded team in the field, and unfortunately for everyone that thinks the rivalry between the Bronx and Boston overshadows too much of baseball, we think that’s the matchup to get to the virtual World Series. Beantown in five.

Will any of today’s series go to 7 games?

Exactly 25% of the 24 series we’ve had in this tournament so far have gone seven games, and since we’re only playing two today, this is a no from us. If it does, it’ll likely be the Yankees and Astros by the numbers.

How many Home Runs will Babe Ruth have in this round?

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* 1
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Maybe the Sultan of Swat would have struggled with time zone changes in modern baseball, as he didn’t hit any home runs and had zero RBI’s in the opening series against Seattle. But he redeemed himself with two circuit clouts against the Indians, and seems to be heating up. The Babe tees off on the fastballs of the Astros and goes for three or more at Minute Maid Park and Yankee Stadium, two ballparks built for left handers to go deep.

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