Final MLB Betting Predictions to Close the 2017 Regular Season

Final MLB Betting Predictions to Close the 2017 Regular Season

Written by on September 29, 2017

With the 2017 Major League Baseball regular season down to its final weekend in what has been one of the wildest and wackiest campaigns in recent memory, there are several noteworthy events that could potentially take place this weekend from both, a baseball purist and MLB betting enthusiasts point of view.Thanks to the updated MLB lines and the handful of fun-filled predictions that you’re about to get, you could cash in big while watching a bit of history being made in the process.

Final MLB Betting Predictions to Close the 2017 Regular Season

MLB Betting Prediction on NL Wild Card

The NL Wild Card is still up for grabs between the Colorado Rockies and Milwaukee Brewers. Colorado (86-73) is two games up on Milwaukee (84-75) with the Rockies hosting a Los Angeles Dodgers team that has already assured of home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs while Milwaukee is on the road against a St. Louis Cardinals team that was recently eliminated from Wild Card contention.

Do’s and Dont’s of Betting the MLB Over/Under

Los Angeles Dodgers (102-57) at Colorado Rockies (86-73)

  • When: Friday, September 29, 8:10 PM ET
  • Where: Coors Field
  • MLB Betting Odds: Colorado -103
  • Total: 11.5

Probable Pitchers

Dodgers – Hyun-Jin Ryu – R – (5-8, 3.47 ERA, 115 K)Hyun-Jin Ryu is looking to put on a good performance as he seeks a spot in the Dodgers’ NLDS starting rotation, with teammate Alex Wood being the other candidate. Ryu took a line drive off his left forearm in his last start against San Francisco and was limited to just 2.1 innings after giving up one run on three hits. Prior to that, the right-hander allowed just one earned run over his previous two starts spanning a combined 10.2 innings.Rockies – Chad Bettis – R – (1-4, 5.72 ERA, 26 K)Chad Bettis limited San Diego to one run in 4.2 innings of a 5-0 loss in his last start but gave up at least three earned runs in six straight starts prior to that while allowing an identical five earned runs on three of those starts.

Analysis

The Colorado Rockies might be desperate, but with Chad Bettis going just 1-2 with a 7.04 ERA in September, the Dodgers are the easy pick in this contest. The Dodgers are 4-0 in their last four games against their NL West division rivals while Colorado has gone 2-5 in Chad Bettis’ last five starts.Pick: Dodgers 5 – Rockies 3

Milwaukee Brewers (84-75) at St. Louis Cardinals (82-77)

  • When: Friday, September 29, 8:15 PM ET
  • Where: Busch Stadium
  • MLB Betting Odds: St. Louis +115
  • Total: 8.5

Probable Pitchers

Milwaukee – Chase Anderson – R – (11-4, 2.81 ERA, 128 K)Right-hander Chase Anderson gave up three runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings of a 5-0 loss against Chicago in his last start, but prior to that, he allowed just one earned runs over his previous three starts spanning 16.1 innings while getting wins in each outing. Anderson has a 2.95 ERA in eight career starts vs. St. Louis.St. Louis – John Grant – R – (0-0, 3.65 ERA, 8 K)Grant made his first MLB start of the season last week and limited Pittsburgh to one earned run on three hits in 3.0 innings of a 4-1 loss to the Pirates. Grant had to leave his start because of tightness due to a lack of stretching.

Analysis

The Brewers have the better starter in this contest plus a whole lot more to play for which is why they’re the easy pick to win and cash in. Milwaukee is 5-0 in their last five road games against a team with a winning record while St. Louis has faded at the worst time possible by dropping five of their last six.Consider the Brewers MLB Betting Odds against the Cardinals. Pick: Milwaukee 4 – St. Louis 1

MLB Betting Odds on World Series home-field advantage

I’m predicting the Los Angeles Dodgers will hold off the Cleveland Indian for home-field advantage should they meet in the World Series. By now, you probably know that the team with the best record gets home-field advantage in the World Series. The Dodgers are two games up on the Tribe and will nail it down by taking two of their final three games.Here is a look at the 2017 regular season win leaders.
  • Dodgers: 102
  • Indians: 100
  • Astros: 99
  • Nationals: 96
  • Red Sox: 92
  • Diamondbacks: 92
  • Cubs: 90
  • Yankees: 89

AL East Still Up in the Air

With the Yankees three games back with three to play, the best thing they can hope for is a tie against the Boston Red Sox in the race for first place in the AL East. More importantly, with the BoSox closing out the regular season against the elite Houston Astros, a sweep could happen while New York has a good chance to pull off its own sweep over the division rival Toronto Blue Jays. Still, I don’t see it happening as Boston wins at least one game to bag the AL East crown. I guess I shouldI guess I should note that the Yankees won the regular season series against Boston, so if a tie-breaker game needs to be played it would be on Monday at Yankee Stadium.

NL MVP Race

Did you make a wager on the NL MVP award? Well, if that’s the case, then you should know that this year’s race is going to be a knock-down, drag-out fight to the finish – unless Giancarlo Stanton reaches the 6 home run mark that it. Miami’s supremely gifted power hitter smacked two more dingers on Thursday night and now sits at 59 with three games to go. With two home runs, he ties Roger Maris for ‘unofficial’ MLB record for the most home runs hit by somebody not named Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire or Barry Bonds, all players in the steroid era.Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado (.305, 36 HR, 129 RBI) and Rockies right-fielder Charlie Blackmon (.328, 36 HR, 100 RBI) will both content as will Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (.302, 36 HR, 120 RBI). Still, I think the smart money is on Stanton even though he plays for a losing team.
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