The Los Angeles Dodgers return home for Games 3 and 4 of the World Series. Maybe the National League champions can go ahead and unpack. Get out the golf clubs. And get to the golf course earlier than they anticipated.
With four runs coming with two outs in Game 2, the Boston Red Sox put away the Dodgers to grab a 2-0 Series lead. Of teams that win the first two games in a best-of-seven series, 84 percent have gone on to win, including each of the last the last 10 such instances in the Fall Classic.
On paper, it appears, the Red Sox, on the doorstep of dynasty status 100 years after kicking off an eight-decade-long championship-less drought, are in line to win the franchise’s fourth Commissioner’s Trophy in 14 years.
Yet while the Series is all but decided (don’t at me, Dodgers “fans”), and unlike Los Angeles, there’s still something for bettors to play for as at least two games remain to enjoy Series NJ sports betting.
Recapping Game 2 betting action
Throughout the regular season, even into the postseason, the Red Sox and Dodgers took on their respective identities: Boston relying on clutch hitting, LA on the long ball.
During the playoffs, the Dodgers have racked up 14 home runs, but only one in the Series. In banking on the big bopper, Los Angeles has struck out 187 times this postseason — 50 more than Boston.
In the World Series, the Red Sox, as shown in Game 2, have scored nine of their 12 runs with two outs. More than half of Boston’s runs in the playoffs have occurred with one out remaining. The Sox head into Game 3 batting .425 with two outs and runners in scoring position, which would be tops in World Series history. By contrast, the dinger-reliant Dodgers are hitting just .234.
At FanDuel Sportsbook, the betting disparity between Boston and Los Angeles was narrowed. According to the book, 52 percent of the total handle came down on the Red Sox, creating a four percent gap between them and the Dodgers after Game 1 featured 68 percent of the handle on Boston.
The winning ticket for moneyline/total parlay betting was wagering on a Boston win and the under of 8.5 total runs. Like in Game 1, this prop proved most popular, as 40 percent of the wagers occurred here. That said, per FanDuel, just 16 percent of the betting slips cashed out.
At DraftKings Sportsbook, with Boston trailing 2-1, a bettor wagered $50 on the Red Sox to be leading after five innings. Boston grabbed the lead in the home half of the fifth, paying out $400.
Onward to glory
As noted, teams that go up 2-0 in the Series become heavily favored to claim the world championship. As well as Boston’s clutch hitting, Los Angeles playing the matchups has stolen headlines.
After all, the Dodgers became the first team in World Series history to utilize an all-right-handed-hitting lineup. And they did it in each of the first two games, sitting their four top home run hitters in the process. Fortunately, with Boston’s Rick Porcello lined up to start Game 3, Los Angeles will likely send out its top lineup.
Regardless, the Red Sox become heavily favored to win the Series. And if they win Game 3… Well… Thanks for playing, Los Angeles. No team in the World Series has come back from 3-0. Only one in the postseason has done so: the 2004 Red Sox. If there is silver lining, at least the Dodgers have some karma on their side: manager Dave Roberts sparked that Boston comeback 14 years ago.
Looking ahead, here’s the schedule:
- 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: Tuesday, 8:09 p.m. ET (if necessary)
- Game 7 at Boston: Wednesday, 8:09 p.m. ET (if necessary)
Game 3 lines
The Red Sox have won 14 of their last 16 games in the World Series. In Game 3, however, sportsbooks favor the Dodgers to pick up their first win of the Fall Classic.
|*Multiple lines offered|
|DraftKings||BOS +140/LA -159||BOS +1.5 (-165)/LA -1.5 (+135)||7.5 (-106/-115)|
|BetStars||BOS +140/LA -167||BOS +1.5 (-162)/LA -1.5 (+140)||7.5 (-110/-110)|
|FanDuel||BOS +132/LA -152||BOS +1.5 (-154)/LA -1.5 (+138)||7.5 (+104/-122)|
|SugarHouse||BOS +140/LA -159||BOS +1.5 (-165)/LA -1.5 (+135)*||7.5 (-106/-115)*|
|888sport||BOS +135/LA -167||BOS +1 (-110)/LA -1 (-110)*||7.5 (-106/-115)*|
|Caesars||BOS +145/LA -155||BOS +1.5 (-165)/LA -1.5 (+145)||7.5 (-105/-115)|
|William Hill||BOS +142/LA-152||BOS +1.5 (-155)/LA -1.5 (+135)||7.5 (-105/-115|
|MGM||BOS +140/LA-155||BOS +1.5 (-160)/LA -1.5 (+140)||7.5 (EV/-120)|
Props, props, propspropsprops
Boston has won the first two games, both at home. In the 2017 Series, also featuring the Dodgers, home teams went 4-3. The year before, in seven games, the hosts won just twice.
So in Game 3, do you take the Dodgers at home or Boston to continue rolling? Go ahead and parlay that with the run total, which itself has been inconsistent. Each of the first two games at DraftKings featured an over/under of 7.5 (as it sits for Game 3). The opener went for 12 runs, and the next game went for six. Toss-up again with Porcello going up against the Dodgers’ best lineup, and rookie Walker Buehler facing a clutch Boston offense.
Taking the Dodgers to win as well as the under pays +200, but banking on LA to come through offensively with Buehler’s victory pays +210. (Alternatively, a Porcello win and the run total finishing over and under pays +360 and +340, respectively.)
Sticking with pitching, DraftKings features lines on more strikeouts between the two starters (Porcello +275, Buehler -265, equal total +650) as well as a prop on if LA’s Kenley Jansen (+220) or Boston’s Craig Kimbrel (+275) earns the save.
Before the Series started, FanDuel pitted the odds of Boston’s JD Martinez winning the MVP at +550. After batting .429 with four RBIs through two games, Martinez is now the front-runner at +220.
Other MVP candidates on whom to wager include Boston’s Mookie Betts (+260) and Andrew Benintendi (+400). Certainly, Los Angeles has not lost all hope just yet. Should the Dodgers rally and claim the title, currently Manny Machado (+2000), and Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp (all at +3000) lead the way.
FanDuel also features inning-by-inning prop bets: total runs in the first inning, which team leads, total runs odd or even.
For those bettors focused more on the back end of the game, consider two props.
- Will the Dodgers bat in the bottom of the ninth inning? Yes (-112) or no (-108).
- Which team ends up with more hits? Boston (+128), Los Angeles (-106) or tie (+830).
Three props stand out at SugarHouse.
First: How many earned runs (line set at 2.5 for each) will starting pitchers allow? The over/under for Buehler (+115/-155) and Porcello (-143/+108) suggests a standout performance for the LA hurler.
Will Boston (+175) or Los Angeles (+100) post the highest-scoring inning in Game 3? Or will they match each other (+325)?
Will Game 3 become the first of this Series to reach extra innings? Yes (+750) or no (-1430).
Few props exist at Caesars, but they still appear intriguing.
For example, take the Red Sox to be ahead after five innings (+145), or bank on the Dodgers (-165) to lead for just the second time this Series.
Through those first five innings, Caesars sets the line of total runs at four. The over pays +100, while the under sits at -120.
Begin with Game 3 props. Wager on the first pitch of the game: ball (+135) or strike (-155). Decide between Benintendi (-105) and LA’s Justin Turner (-115) for more total bases, or Boston’s Mookie Betts (-125) and the Dodgers’ Manny Machado (+105).
How many players, total, will be stranded on the base paths: 15 or more (+100), 14 or less (-120).
Game 3 will allow for a clearer prediction of how many games this Series will go, but why wait? At William Hill, bettors can wager on the exact number of games the Fall Classic will last:
- Boston in four (+300)
- Boston in five (+280)
- Boston in six (+240)
- Boston in seven (+500)
- Los Angeles in six (+1500)
- Los Angeles in seven (+500)