If there’s anything better than a Game 7 (any sport), it must be some combination of a Hugh Hefner experience followed by a buffet of pizza and ice cream. Baseball and sports fans are in for a treat on Wednesday night after the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Houston Astros’ de facto ace Justin Verlander to force a World Series Game 7 at Dodger Stadium.
Game 7 means all hands on deck, emptying the tank, exploiting any possible advantage and… possible rain delays (that was insane last year). No, the forecast is just cloudy with a 90% chance of homers.
Los Angeles Dodgers Host Houston Astros for (Another) MLB World Series Game 7: Check Out Las Vegas Lines And Props
As of this writing (4:33 pm ET), the Dodgers are the moneyline favorite: -142 at the Westgate, -160 at the MGM/Mirage, Wynn and CG Technology, and -144 at William Hill. Best odds if you like Astros are +145 at Wynn and CG. The game starts at 5:20 pm PT/8:20 pm ET.
— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) November 1, 2017
30-year-old Yu Darvish will make the start for the Dodgers. In Houston in Game 3, Darvish got the early hook, lasting only 1 ⅔ innings, allowing six hits, one walk, one homer (to Yuli Gurriel) and four earned runs. Lance McCullers started Game 3 for Houston and will take the bump again here. Over 5 ⅓ innings of work on that night, the righty McCullers allowed four hits and three earned runs, gave four free passes and struck out four.
Here are the Game 7 props at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook:
And some more props from the William Hill US:
Here’s the lineup card for Game 7 followed by Game 3’s lineup (with same starters). Because this one is in the National League park, Kiké Hernandez is out of the order and will be ready to enter as a pinch hitter. Brian McCann moves up two spots to 6th in the order, Reddick down to 8th.
There’s a decent chance we’ll see Game 5 starters Dallas Keuchel (86 pitches) and Clayton Kershaw (94), both of whom got knocked out early in the 13-12 home run bonanza. The Dodgers have a decided bullpen advantage, while Houston’s Game 4 starter, veteran righty Charlie Morton, is likely the first man out of the Astros ‘pen after a solid 76-pitch outing in which he struck out seven and allowed just three hits and one earned run in 6 ⅓ innings work.
Throw trends out the window: This is the last game of the season between two 100-plus win teams with power up and down the lineup.
One more important note via ABC7 and Barstool Sports regarding 90-year-old Dodgers legend Tommy LaSorda.
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) November 1, 2017
The stakes are high indeed.