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The Los Angeles Dodgers lost the first two games of their series with the Atlanta Braves but scored 11 runs in the first inning of Game 3 on their way to a 15-3 win. They’re back in the series and looking to even up in Game 4.
The Tampa Bay Rays were fortunate to have a 3-0 series lead and the Houston Astros managed to get a 4-3 win to stay alive in Game 4. Can the Rays finish the job in Game 5?
Here are some angles to consider for the Thursday’s baseball games on Monkey Knife Fight:
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Brandon Lowe LESS THAN 1.5 RUNS + RBI
While Lowe was one of the most productive second basemen in baseball this season, he’s mired in a horrible slimp. In the past nine games, he’s 1-for-32, so it’s pretty tough to count on him contributing to multiple runs.
George Springer LESS THAN 1.5 HITS + WALKS
While Springer is a valuable player for the Astros, he has managed to walk just once in the playoffs, leading to him reaching base multiple times in three of 10 postseason games.
Randy Arozarena MORE THAN 1.5 TOTAL BASES
How ridiculous has Arozarena’s playoff run been? He has put up multiple total bases in nine of 11 playoff games, slugging a ridiculous .907. He’s the best offensive threat in the Tampa Bay lineup.
Jose Altuve MORE THAN 1.5 TOTAL BASES
Following a brutal regular season and a slow start to the postseason, Altuve has picked up in a hurry. He’s 11-for-25 (.440 AVG) in the past six games, hitting five home runs. He’s an adventure in the field but that doesn’t appear to be messing with him at the plate.
Adames is hitting just .129 in the playoffs but he’s not afraid to take walks, giving him a .325 on-base percentage, which is almost respectable. Bregman has been okay, hitting .270 with a .386 on-base percentage but that’s not enough of an edge to like Bregman minus a half hit and walk against Adames.
Jose Altuve -0.5 total bases vs. Joey Wendle
Two players at opposite ends of the spectrum right now. Wendle is 2-for-17, with just two singles, in the past six games. Compared to Altuve, who has five home runs in the past six games, this doesn’t seem like a fair fight.
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Clayton Kershaw LESS THAN 5.5 STRIKEOUTS
He’s been pushed back a couple of days because of back issues but the Dodgers ace has been effective, recording at least six strikeouts in four of his past five starts. This is more a concern about his health, that maybe he’s not going to get pushed too late into this game.
Ronald Acuna Jr. LESS THAN 1.5 HITS + WALKS
The Braves star outfielder is just 1-for-16 in the past five games and while he will take a walk, it’s a bit of a challenge to count on him reaching base multiple times in Game 4.
Mookie Betts LESS THAN 1.5 TOTAL BASES
Betts started the playoffs with multiple total bases in the first five games of the postseason but has been held to one or fewer in the past three games. He has hit one home run in 135 career playoff plate appearances.
Corey Seager MORE THAN 1.5 TOTAL BASES
In the past five games, Seager has gone 10-for-20, which makes it easy enough to like him for a couple of bases.
In the playoffs, Muncy is slugging .538, while Turner is really struggling, slugging .167 in eight playoff games.
Freddie Freeman +0.5 total bases vs. Corey Seager
As great as Seager has been, it’s still tough to consider Freeman as an underdog. He slugged .640 during the regular season and while it’s .481 in the playoffs, he’s been hitting against the Dodgers.