The World Series has begun. Finally.
Since as early as the conclusion of the 2017 Series, pundits have made projections about who would play for and ultimately win the Fall Classic.
Yet as the great Yogi Berra has said: “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
With that, let’s take a look at some Game 1 highlights and look ahead to tonight’s Game 2.
Recapping Game 1 betting action
Back and forth the Series opener went. The Boston Red Sox took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. The visiting Los Angeles Dodgers evened it up two innings later. Boston regains a 3-2 advantage in the home half of the third, only for the Dodgers to answer in the fifth.
The Sox, though, pulled away. And a three-run home run by pinch-hitter Eduardo Nunez put the game away, earning Boston an 8-4 victory.
That Nunez homer, via DraftKings Sportsbook, earned one bettor a $684.60 payday after wagering $335.59 on Boston to be the first team to reach five runs. (In an at-bat that played no role for the Dogers, a simple in-play wager on LA’s Joc Pederson to put the ball in play on the second pitch of his ninth-inning at-bat paid out $520 on a $40 bet; Pederson grounded out to second base.)
According to FanDuel Sportsbook, 68 percent of its World Series sports betting handle came down on the Red Sox. Boston winning with total runs reaching the over accounted for 41 percent of the action.
Onward to glory
One game down. Hopefully (well, depending on your betting slip) six more to go. Obviously with a series-opening win, the odds have shifted in Boston’s favor. That said, though this goes without saying (which is a weird saying since everyone who says it ends up saying what they were going to go without saying)… Anyway. Hope still remains for the Dodgers to win the series.
Looking ahead, here’s the schedule:
- Game 2 at Boston Wednesday, 8:09 p.m. ET
- Game 3 at Los Angeles Friday, 8:09 p.m. ET
- Game 4 at Los Angeles Saturday, 8:09 p.m. ET
- Game 5 at Los Angeles Sunday, 8:15 p.m. ET (if necessary)
- Game 6 at Boston Oct. 30, 8:09 p.m. ET (if necessary)
- Game 7 at Boston Oct. 31, 8:09 p.m. ET (if necessary)
Game 2 lines
The Red Sox already took a strong first step. With a Game 1 win, Boston inched closer to not only securing its fourth World Series title since 2004 but also snap quite a streak.
After all, Boston clinched its spot in the Series three days ahead of the Dodgers. And according to the Elias Sports Bureau, each of the last nine Series champs entered the Fall Classic with fewer days rest than their opponents.
|*Multiple lines offered|
|DraftKings||BOS -143/LA +125||BOS -1.5 (+138)/LA +1.5 (-167)||8.5 (-118/-104)|
|BetStars||BOS -143/LA +125||BOS -1.5 (+140)/LA +1.5 (-167||8.5 (-110/-110)|
|FanDuel||BOS -146/LA +130||BOS -1.5 (+142)/LA +1.5 (-162)||8.5 (-108/-108)|
|SugarHouse||BOS -143/LA +128||BOS -1 (-105)/LA +1 (-117)*||8.5 (-113/-108)*|
|888sport||BOS -150/LA +123||BOS -1 (-105)/LA +1 (-117)*||8.5 (-113/-108)*|
|Caesars||BOS -140/LA +130||BOS -1.5 (+135)/LA +1.5 (-155)||8.5 (-115/-105)|
|William Hill||BOS -140/LA +130||BOS -1.5 (+135)/LA +1.5 (-155)||8.5 (-120/+100)|
|MGM||BOS -143/LA +133||BOS -1.5 (+135)/LA +1.5 (-155)||8.5 (-115/+105)|
Props, props, propspropsprops
Need more than the traditional moneyline? Consider this prop bets.
The Sox obviously have pole position to the championship. BetStars lists a Boston sweep at 10/1 odds, compared with 5/1 for Boston to win in five games, 15/4 to win in six, and 10/3 to go the distance.
Again to quote Berra: “It ain’t over till it’s over.” The Dodgers feature 5/1 odds to come back and win in six games, while a Los Angeles four-game winning streak from here on out sits at 13/2.
In Game 2, the winning margin for the Dodgers ranges from one run (+425) to six or more runs (+4500). Winning margins for Boston, meanwhile, go from one run (+380) to six or more (+2500).
BetStars also feature props for total runs after three, five and seven innings, the run spread for each category, and if the total runs are odd or even.
Think the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp or Boston’s Nunez will go yard for the second straight game? Each player features a +550 line to do so. Boston’s JD Martinez is the favorite at +250, followed by the Red Sox’ Mookie Betts (+340), and Los Angeles’ Max Muncy (+360) and Manny Machado (+380).
Game 1 saw two runs, both by Boston, come across in the first inning. Will the same occur in Game 2? FanDuel lists two or more scores at +230. One run pays +350, while a scoreless inning pays out -115. If déjà vu happens all over again, again to quote Berra, and Boston heads into the second inning up two runs, that will trigger a +610 payout.
How about on the mound? Like the chances of Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu to strike out at least eight and pick up the win? Or maybe you prefer Boston hurler David Price to record a similar outing? FanDuel lists each pitcher at +550 and +400, respectively.
Who wins the first inning? The Dodgers (+310)? The Sox (+250)? Maybe they head into the second all square (-132)?
Crunch the numbers and try to predict which team reaches three runs first. Los Angeles pays out +105, though Boston is favored at -115. Maybe the game features a pitching duel. If so, and neither team gets past two runs, that will pay +1150.
One of the most hated players in the game right now is LA’s Machado. And DraftKings offers an odds boost if “you’re all for rooting for people you don’t like to FAIL and don’t like Manny Machado.” Wagering on Machado was originally listed at -130, but the boost adjusts that number to -106.
Consider wagering on the Series as a whole. DraftKings features a prop for total games played in the Fall Classic: Under 5.5 (+160), over 5.5 (-200).
In Game 1, Andrew Benintendi became the third-ever Boston player to record four hits in a World Series game. For those assuming a harsh downturn in the outfielder’s performance, 888sport pays +175 if Benintendi goes hitless (-140 for one or more hits).
Which team will post the highest-scoring inning in Game 2? Take the Dodgers at +163, the Sox at +104 or neither at +335. Wagering on if the game goes to extra innings features a +800 line, while lines on more strikeouts by the starting pitchers sees Price at -125, Ryu at +135 and tie at +550.
The book also includes two specialty props:
- Will Price allow more than 3.5 earned runs? Yes: +250.
- Will Machado strike out at least once? Yes: -130.