For the first time, legalized sports betting permeates in New Jersey as the World Series takes center stage.
The Commissioner’s Trophy sits within grasp of the American League champion Boston Red Sox and the NL champ Los Angeles Dodgers. For up to seven games, through as late as Halloween night, two of the most storied franchises will battle for the coveted world championship.
The last and only other meeting between these historic teams took place during the heart of World War I. The most impressive pitching display during that series came from the big bopper himself Babe Ruth, who gave up a first-inning run but then held the then-Brooklyn Robins scoreless over the next 13 innings. Del Gainer then provided a walk-off single to win Game 2 in the bottom of the 14th inning for Boston, which went on to take the series in five games.
That game still stands as the longest World Series contest played, though it has twice been matched: Game 3 of the 2005 Series, Game 1 of the 2015 Series.
Los Angeles has gone 30 years without a World Series title, the crack of Kirk Gibson’s pinch-hit home run still echoing, though fading, in Chavez Ravine. Boston, meanwhile, long ago broke its curse. In fact, the Red Sox have won each of their last three appearances in the Fall Classic: 2013, 2007, 2004.
Who ya got?
Boston won a franchise-record 108 games this season, 16 more than the Dodgers, who return to the World Series for the second straight season. The highest-scoring team in the bigs, Boston, squares up against a Dodgers team that allowed the second-fewest runs in the league.
So the question becomes, with New Jersey sports betting lines below: Who ya got in the Series?
Just so you don’t frantically jump online every day to see if the Series continues any given day, here’s the schedule, with Games 5-7 obviously played only if necessary:
- Game 1 at Boston Tuesday, 8:09 p.m. ET
- 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
- Game 6 at Boston Oct. 30, 8:09 p.m. ET
- Game 7 at Boston Oct. 31, 8:09 p.m. ET
Game 1 moneylines
Not interested in a drawn-out, waiting-for-the-final-pitch-to-see-if-you-won-your-wager? Below are Game 1 moneylines from NJ sportsbooks:
|DraftKings||BOS -150/LA +123||BOS -1 (-117)/LA +1 (-105)||7.5 (+104/-125)|
|BetStars||BOS -162/LA +135||BOS -1.5 (+135)/LA +1.5 (-162)||7.5 (+105/-125)|
|FanDuel||BOS -148/LA +130||BOS -1.5 (+148)/LA +1.5 (-166)||7.5 (-102/-114)|
|SugarHouse||BOS -143/LA +128||BOS -1.5 (+143)/LA +1.5 (-177)*||7.5 (+104/-125)^|
|888sport||BOS -150/LA +123||BOS -1 (-117)/LA +1 (-105)||7.5 (+104/-125)|
|Caesars||BOS -150/LA +135||BOS -1.5 (+135)/LA +1.5 (-155)||7.5 (+100/-120)|
|William Hill||BOS -145/LA +135||BOS -1.5 (+145)/LA +1.5 (-165)||7.5 (+105/-125)|
|MGM||BOS -155/LA +140||BOS -1.5 (+135)/LA +1.5 (-155)||7.5 (+105/-125)|
Props, props, propspropsprops
Does Boston pick up the first Fall Classic sweep since 2012 (which the Sox did in their last two World Series appearances)? FanDuel Sportsbook gives the No. 1 team in baseball a +1000 payout. Maybe the Dodgers get the upset, in a sweep, for their first title since 1988? That earns a +1600 payout from 888 Sportsbook.
In Game 1, does Boston starter Chris Sale, fresh from a faux injury caused by a belly button ring, strike out 6 or fewer batters after averaging nearly nine per game? That will pay +120 via 888. Does Sale help the Sox post a shutout, which Boston has not done since the 2013 ALCS? BetStars NJ lists that possibility at +500. (On the flip side, a Clayton Kershaw-led Dodgers shutout pays +650 via BetStars.)
Props abound with NJ sportsbooks. Game 1 home run by Boston MVP candidate Mookie Betts: +725 via 888. Total runs in Game 1 as an odd or even number: 888 has -160 for odd, +136 for even. Which team scores first? Dodgers (-124 with FanDuel) or Red Sox (+106 with FanDuel)?
Striking first proves vital. After all, in the MLB, the first team to light up the scoreboard goes on to win roughly 65 percent of the time. That fact holds more than just water: Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the team to win Game 1 goes on to claim the World Series title 63 percent of the time.