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MLB Best Bets: Baseball Picks, Predictions, Odds to Consider on DraftKings Sportsbook for October 19

Nick Friar gives his best bets on DraftKings Sportsbook for Tuesday’s MLB betting card.

Boston’s offense is rolling, and we have what should be a pitcher’s duel in Los Angeles. But will things flip-flop in these crucial MLB postseason games on Tuesday? Here’s how to attack both Championship Series games via DraftKings Sportsbook.

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Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers

Braves-Dodgers Total combined home runs over 2.5 -120

This TBS Special instantly caught my eye, even though we’ve got two strong right-handers going toe-to-toe in Game 3. Oh, and these two teams have yet to hit this over in the series. There are single-teams options for total home runs, and both are at plus money with a 1.5 over/under. And for this pick to come through, one of these lineups will need to put together a multi-homer night.

The problem is, which one will do that?

Joc Pederson is always a threat for some postseason heroism, even against Walker Buehler, as are Freddie Freeman and Austin Riley. Been a while since Ozzie Albies went yard — he’s more than due after hitting 30 homers this season (21 against righties). And while the Braves had the second-best at-bats per home run rate against right-handed pitching this season (21.54), the Dodgers weren’t far behind at No. 8 (24.39).

Pitching has been the driving force in the NLCS, but let’s not pretend these are two bad offenses. At any given moment, either can go off in this season — it’s just hard to tell which is more likely to do so first. Even still, three home runs could be hit in this one and the game might still be a low-scoring affair.



Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros

Red Sox -1.5 +145

If you want to be safe, taking the Red Sox on the moneyline is still a good play at -125. But we’re trying to make the best plays right now, and the best play is to back Boston’s cartoonish offense.

Between Kiké Hernandez, J.D. Martinez, Kyle Schwarber, Rafael Devers (I’m gonna stop before listing the entire roster), this Red Sox lineup has sucked the life out of Houston. Each of those guys has destroyed Houston’s pitching staff in their own way, and now they get a look at the shell of the pitcher formerly known as Zack Greinke.

Shortly after his four-inning start on Sept. 19, Houston’s Game 4 starter hit the injured list with neck soreness. He returned for a relief appearance on Oct. 3, but has only logged one inning since the postseason began (Game 3 of the ALDS on Oct. 10). Similar to Jose Urquidy, this is not someone the Astros wanted to lean on in this series. Whatever statistical category you want to cite, the Red Sox mashed right-handed pitching this season. Maybe Lance McCullers could’ve held this lineup down, but he’s not a factor in this series — leaving Boston’s hitters to take batting practice.

Of course, we have to at least acknowledge Red Sox pitching for this pick. Nick Pivetta did well vs. Houston back in early June, but I’m only going to put so much stock in that. Right now, what we can bank on: Pivetta is better than Greinke right now, and Houston’s bullpen is average at best — so that group isn’t about to slow down Boston’s lineup, which should give Red Sox relievers plenty of room to work with.


Enrique Hernandez over 1.5 total bases +120

I stand by what I said going into Monday’s Game 3: “With the way he’s playing, Kiké Hernandez props have to be considered until he has back-to-back slow nights.” Well, Hernandez came through with a pair of singles in that contest, so we’re back at it.

Hernandez has a hit in seven of Boston’s eight playoff games. Five of those games have been multi-hit performances — three of which have come in the ALCS. Half of his 18 hits this postseason have been for extra bases. And the guy he’ll face in the first inning, Zack Greinke. Yeah, Hernandez has taken him deep twice in 15 plate appearances. (For those wondering, Hernandez is at +450 on DraftKings Sportsbook to go yard in Game 4.)

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