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Major League Baseball Predictions

Major League Baseball Predictions

Inform your Major League Baseball predictions ahead of this week's biggest matches with Pinnacle's weekly update, including analysis, team news, and the latest baseball odds.

Philadelphia Phillies at San Diego Padres

The MLB playoffs are nearing their conclusion and just four teams remain after the Division Series.

In the National League, the San Diego Padres finally overcame their long-standing NL West tormentors the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 to reach the National League Championship Series for the first time since 1998.

The top seed in the other half, the Atlanta Braves, also lost out as the Philadelphia Phillies overcame the defending World Series champions by a score of 3-1.

The Phillies opened the NLCS matchup against the favoured Padres with a 2-0 victory on the back of a strong pitching performance as they gave up just one hit to a stacked Padres batting line-up.

Zack Wheeler went seven scoreless innings before the bullpen duo of Seranthony Domínguez and Jose Alvarado secured the save and the win for the Phillies.

The most explosive moment of Game 1, however, was Philadelphia’s Kyle Schwarber hitting the longest home run in Petco Park history (488 feet) off Yu Darvish.

The Phillies will hope the bat of their star man Bryce Harper can stay hot if they are to be successful in the rest of the series. The slugger leads the postseason rankings in batting average (.407), RBIs (seven), and home runs (four), hitting his fourth home run in Game 1.

The Padres are likely to rely heavily on closer Josh Hader throughout the rest of the series. The 28-year-old is yet to give up an earned run in 4.1 innings of postseason work and has accumulated the most saves in the playoffs (three).

San Diego will also be hoping for more from their line-up, with Manny Machado expected to lead the way. The third baseman ranked in the top 15 in the MLB in batting average (.298), home runs (32), and RBIs (102) in the regular season.

Game 2 takes place in San Diego on Wednesday before the two teams move on to Philadelphia for a three-game set and two more games back at Petco Park, if necessary.

After the Phillies surprise win in Game 1, the Padres’ bats will have to spark into life if they are to avoid travelling to Philadelphia with a tough-looking two-game deficit to overcome.

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New York Yankees at Houston Astros

The Astros, who went 106-56 in the regular season, swept aside their AL West rivals the Seattle Mariners 3-0 in the American League Division Series while the New York Yankees, with their 99-63 regular season record, edged out the Cleveland Guardians 3-2 in the other matchup.

The Yankees will have to overcome the upper hand that the Astros have had over them in the playoffs in recent years, with Houston knocking out New York in the 2015 Wild Card game and both the 2017 and 2019 ALCS. The Astros also won five of the seven meetings between the two teams in the regular season.

The series starts on Thursday in Houston with two games in Texas before the teams travel to New York for three matchups and then two further games back in Houston if needed.

Justin Verlander has been the standout pitcher in baseball this season, with his 1.75 regular season ERA the lowest of any starter and his 18 wins second only to Kyle Wright.

The 39-year-old is scheduled to start Game 1 but the Yankees will take some confidence from his poor start in the Mariners series, where he gave up six earned runs and 10 hits in just four innings.

For the Yankees, all eyes will be on Aaron Judge, who broke the American League home run record this season with 62. The slugger has hit two already in the postseason and will be hoping to extend that record against the Astros.

New York face a daunting task in overcoming Houston, however, given Houston’s dominance in both the regular season and the ALCS and the fact that they have dumped the Yankees out of the playoffs on all three of their previous matchups.  

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