MLB Postseason Betting

Live Betting Odds for Oct. 19

The 2019 MLB postseason is underway, and sportsbooks are offering more ways to bet on the playoffs than ever before.

Below we take a look at the live betting odds for the game on Oct. 19 along with analysis from our resident MLB expert Nate Weitzer.

Live MLB betting odds

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Houston Astros at New York Yankees

Pitching Matchup: Brad Peacock (7-6, 4.12 ERA) vs. Chad Green (4-4, 4.17 ERA)

With no days off between Game 5 and Game 6 thanks to Wednesday’s rainout, both teams will go with a “bullpen” game and save an ace (Gerrit Cole and Luis Severino) up their sleeve for a potential Game 7. The Astros will open with veteran Brad Peacock, who finished Game 5 Friday for the Astros with a hitless inning in the ninth. He’ll go on zero days rest on Saturday, becoming the first pitcher since 1924 to pitch the final inning of a postseason game and start the next day.

The Yankees will go with RHP Chad Green, who pitched on Thursday, but since the Astros have dominated lefties there is no easy call for manager Aaron Boone in Game 6. The Yankees bullpen is generally gassed, having thrown 35.2 IP this postseason while their starters have only gone 37.2 innings. Luis Cessa and Tommy Kahnle are candidates to pitch some of the middle innings as the Yanks look to get to their usual closing brigade (Adam Ottavino, Zack Britton, Aroldis Chapman). Green did open 15 of 17 bullpen games for the Yanks this season with consistent success.

Pitcher vs. Projected Lineups

The Astros are better set up to handle the later innings since closer Robert Osuna, set-up men Will Harris and Ryan Pressly, and relievers Josh James and Joe Smith all watched as Justin Verlander gave the team 7 innings in Game 5. Houston’s bullpen hasn’t been great however, with a collective 4.18 ERA and .259 BAA this postseason.

The Yankees staff leads all postseason teams with a collective 2.47 ERA and leads the A.L. with a .193 BAA. As relievers, that staff has been even better with a 2.27 ERA and .168 BAA. And on the road, the Yankees staff has been even better still with a 1.29 ERA and .192 BAA. Houston’s lineup can hurt teams in a lot of ways, but the Yanks have limited the long ball, allowing just 3 HRs on the road this postseason. The Astros are sporting a disappointing .676 collective OPS at home this postseason and have struggled to hit with RISP, so Boone could keep this game low scoring if he plays his cards right.

Series results

The Yankees won Game 5, 4-1, to move the series back to Houston with the Astros leading, 3-2. Houston won the regular season series, 4-3.

Additional game notes

  • Yankees relievers have thrown 35.2 innings with a 2.27 ERA this postseason.
  • The Astros led the Majors with 150 HRs at home this season.
  • Giancarlo Stanton returned to the Yankees in Game 5 after missing two games with a quad strain.
  • Five of the seven meetings between these teams during the regular season exceeded the projected point total. But four of the first five ALCS games have gone under the point total.
  • The Astros went 48-38 against the run line at home this season.
  • Houston went 88-52 and the Yankees went 82-48 on 0 days rest this season.
  • The Astros were 34-24 following a loss.
  • Temperatures are expected to be in the low 50s with winds blowing out to RF.

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Who is favored to win the World Series?

Currently, the Astros are the favorites to win the World Series after finishing the regular season with 107 wins to secure home field advantage throughout the postseason. They lead the Yankees 3-2 in the ALCS. The Nationals will represent the National League and are awaiting the winner of the ALCS to begin the World Series.

You can find the current odds for MLB World Series futures below.

World Series Winner

Game
10/31/2019
(Eastern Time)
(EST)
Houston
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+550
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+500
LA Dodgers
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+550
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+600
NY Yankees
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+550
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+600
Atlanta
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+1200
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+1100
Washington
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+1200
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+1400
Philadelphia
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+1400
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+2000
St. Louis
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+1400
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+1900
Boston
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+2000
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+1200
Chicago Cubs
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+2000
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+2000
Cleveland
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+2000
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+1500
NY Mets
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+2000
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+2200
Tampa Bay
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+2000
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+3000
Minnesota
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+2200
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+3000
Milwaukee
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+2500
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+2200
Oakland
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+2500
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+3000
Arizona
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+4000
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+5000
LA Angels
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+4000
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+4000
San Diego
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+4000
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+5000
Chicago WS
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+6600
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+8000
Cincinnati
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+6600
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+5000
Texas
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+6600
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+10000
Toronto
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+10000
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+8000
Colorado
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+12500
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+8000
Pittsburgh
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+12500
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+10000
SF Giants
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+15000
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+8000
Seattle
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+15000
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+10000
Miami
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+25000
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+10000
Baltimore
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+50000
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+10000
Detroit
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+50000
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+10000
Kansas City
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+50000
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10000

How to bet the MLB Playoffs

There are a few ways to bet on the MLB Playoffs and not all of them are as simple as which team will win and lose. Picking the winner of a game is called betting the moneyline and the odds for each team are listed in correspondence with their chances to win according to the sportsbooks. For example, the Dodgers might be listed as -175 if they have Clayton Kershaw pitching on a given night, whereas their opponent might have +150 odds. This means that betting $175 on the Dodgers to win would only pay out $100.

If you want better odds on the better team, you’ll likely have to bet the run line. This is similar to a point spread in other sports in that the winning team will have to “cover” a certain number. The Dodgers might be listed as -1.5 on the run line if their ace is going, so they would have to win by two runs or more to pay out. There are also odds on a run line which will look something like this: -1.5 (+150). That means, on a $100 bet, you would win $150 dollars (plus your original $100 bet) if your team won by more than two runs.

Don’t feel confident about picking a winner? Then you can pick the type of game by betting over/under a projected run total. In baseball, the total is usually between 6 and 10 runs, although great offensive teams playing in smaller ballparks can top 10 or 11 runs at times. The number will be usually be set as “8.5” indicating that 9 combined runs would pay the Over and 8 or fewer combined runs pays the Under.

Don’t want to be on the game result at all? Then you can bet on the prospects of individual players in the form of proposition bets. These “Prop” bets are similar to the run totals, but for individual performances. So, if Justin Verlander is starting for Houston, you might be able to bet on going Over or Under a projected total of 10.5 strikeouts. There also Yes/No propositions such as, “Will Nelson Cruz hit a Home Run?” and the odds will correspond to the more likely outcome, so that No (-220) pays out less than taking a chance on Yes (+210) he will homer.

Finally, bettors have the option of wagering on the overall result of a series, or the entire season by backing a World Series champion. These futures bets can be placed during the preseason, regular season, or during the postseason, although odds may come off the board while games are in action and change the following morning based on results.

There are also specific series lines where bettors can predict the number of games required for a team to advance, bet against a spread of how many games that will take, or bet the exact series result, with varying odds.