MLB Betting: Wednesday LCS Best Bets

MLB Betting: Wednesday LCS Best Bets

This article is part of our MLB Betting series.

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The MLB postseason is building up to some high drama, and I look at four wagers I think are viable in today's pivotal games.

Astros at Red Sox ALCS Game 5

Starting Pitchers: Framber Valdez vs. Chris Sale

The Pick: Red Sox Over 2.5 runs- first 5 innings (+100 on DraftKings Sportsbook) for 1 RWBuck

Secondary Pick: Red Sox moneyline (-120 on Caesars Sportsbook) for 1 RWBuck

Valdez struggled against the Red Sox back in Game 1 of the series and has pitched to a 7.71 ERA across seven postseason innings. Boston was a very dangerous team against southpaws at Fenway during the second half of the season as well, posting a .298 average and .349 wOBA in that split. Meanwhile, Boston is also 5-0 in the postseason after a loss during Alex Cora's leadership with a +32 run differential, fueling my secondary pick.  

Braves at Dodgers NLCS Game 4

Starting Pitchers: Huascar Ynoa vs. Julio Urias

The Pick: Urias Over 15.5 Outs Recorded (+120 on DraftKings Sportsbook) for 1 RWBuck

Secondary Pick: Dodgers (-1) – first 5 innings (-105 on DraftKings Sportsbook) for 1 RWBuck 

Urias allowed a pair of earned runs against the Braves out of the bullpen in Game 2, but he'd otherwise been very effective in his first pair of postseason outings as a traditional starter. With just a 14-pitch workload in that appearance Sunday, Urias should be prepared to handle a normal workload Wednesday against a team he posted a 2-0 record and 2.45 ERA across two starts this season. Urias has also held current Atlanta bats to a collective .165 average and .435 OPS in regular-season action during his career, and he went at least 5.1 innings in 10 home starts this season. I also have faith in the Dodgers being able to score some early runs on Ynoa, who pitched to a 1-3 record, 5.49 ERA, .270 BAA and .348 wOBA across 41 road innings this season.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Juan Carlos Blanco
Winner of the FSWA 2016 Newcomer of the Year Award, Juan Carlos Blanco has been playing fantasy sports for over 20 years and covers NBA, MLB, NFL, CFL and Arena Football for Rotowire.com, including serving as the beat writer for teams in multiple sports. He has previously written for KFFL.com and remains an avid season-long and daily fantasy player in multiple sports as well.
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