MLB Playoffs kick off this afternoon and here are the plays you cant afford to miss out on.
Tampa Bay Rays (+110) @ Cleveland Guardians (-135)
Pitching in this one is Shane McClanahan for the Ray and Shane Bieber for the Guardians.
This is the fourth year in a row the Rays have made the playoffs; Cleveland hasn’t won a playoff game since 2017. The Rays have far more post season experience than the Guardians, and while Cleveland may take this series, this first game will be overwhelming for their younger players.
While the playoffs offer some incredible pitching matchups, there are always several games with incredibly high scores; this feels like it could be one of those games. Both pitchers finished the regular season with a sub-three ERA but have been lit up in the postseason in the past. So maybe they’ve turned over a new leaf, but I won’t believe it till I see it.
Tampa Bay (+110) & First Five Innings: Over 2.5 Runs (-125)
San Diego Padres (+130) @ New York Mets (-160)
Pitching in this one is Yu Darvish for the Padres and Max Scherzer for the Mets.
This is a high-pressure series for both teams. The Mets choked away a ten-and-a-half-game lead in the National League East to put themselves in the Wild Card round, and the Padres have been flirting with greatness for several seasons now and would love to make a run this year.
These two studs are coming off an incredible regular season, but this isn’t the regular season. Although Yu Darvish owned the Mets in this season — allowing just one run in fourteen innings pitched — he has had some issues in the postseason.
The Mets should fare better in this one than they have against Darvish in the past, so the Padres will have to score more than a few to give themselves a chance today.