With the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros splitting the first two games of what is now a thrilling 2017 World Series, baseball bettors everywhere need to know what’s likely going to happen when Game 3 goes down live from Minute Maid Park on Friday night. Thanks to the latest World Series Game 3 Betting Odds, my expert analysis and accompanying pick, you’re going to have a great idea of what to expect and which team to back in this contest. Now, let’s get to it!
World Series Game 3 Betting Odds, Preview & Pick
- When: Friday, October 27, 8:00 PM ET
- Where: Minute Maid Park
- TV: FOX
- Radio: 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020, KBME 790, ESPN Radio
- Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
- World Series Game 3 Betting Odds: Houston Astros -120 (Total at 8.5)
- Clear: 14°C/57°F
- Humidity: 46%
- Precipitation: 19%
- Cloud Cover: 22%
- Wind: 17 mph N
- Stadium Type: Retractable
Probable PitchersLos Angeles – Yu Darvish – R (2-0, 1.59 ERA)Yu Darvish (10-12, 3.86 ERA, 209 K) has been outstanding this postseason in two appearances. The former Texas Rangers staff ace has tossed a combined 11.1 innings while allowing one run in both starts and striking out an identical seven batters each time out.Houston – Lance McCullers – R (0-0, 2.08 ERA)Lance McCullers (7-4, 4.25 ERA, 132 K) returns to the Astros’ starting rotation after firing four scoreless innings of relief in Game 7 of the ALCS against the New York the Yankees. The right-hander allowed one run on three hits with nine strikeouts in 10 total postseason innings over the course of the ALCS.
A Piece of HistorySince the World Series moved permanently to the current 2-3-2 format in 1946, there have been 34 series tied at 1 game apiece after the first two games. The team going home for the middle three games has gone on to win the World Series 18 times (52.9 percent), and on four of those occasions, they closed it out in five games with the most recent team to pull off the feat being the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies. Three times, the road team has won the middle three game to finish the World Series, most recently, the 1983 Orioles at Philadelphia.
Game AnalysisThe Dodgers got a gem from staff ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw to record a 3-1 win in Game 1 on Tuesday, but the Astros bounced back in magnificent fashion in Wednesday night’s 7-6 win in 11 innings.“The Houston Astros, the best team in the American League, we got to flat-out earn it,” said Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, who blew the save in Game 2 after blowing just one save all season. “We’ll go to their place and battle.”Astros outfielder Marwin Gonzalez, who took Jansen deep said, “It was a mistake. He doesn’t usually make a mistake.”“Marwin Gonzalez kicked it all off. We’re not here if Marwin Gonzalez doesn’t hit a ball to center field against the best closer in baseball,”Manage A.J. Hinch said.George Springer, Marwin Gonzalez and likely AL MVP Jose Altuve all blasted home runs for the Astros in Game 2 while Corey Seager, Charlie Culberson, Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson and Kike Hernandez all went ‘yard’ for the Dodgers. The eight home runs set a World Series record for most homers in a Game 2 contest, which is why the World Series Game 3 Betting Odds are more hard to read.“It’s very important for us going to Houston 1-1,” Altuve said. “There’s nothing guaranteed out there, but we’ve got to go out there and make it happen.”The Astros are hoping to both, get to Darvish who has been almost unhittable this postseason, while getting a repeat performance from the last time McCullers was on the mound.“The home start, coming home, and having Lance McCullers go,” said Houston manager A.J. Hinch, “there is going to be a ton of energy in the building.”
Latest World Series Game 3 Betting Trends
- Astros are 14-5 ATS in their last 19 games at home
- Astros are 14-6 SU in their last 20 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston’s last 6 games when playing LA Dodgers
- Dodgers are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games
- Dodgers are 10-2 SU in their last 12 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Dodgers’s last 6 games