The first World Series participant has been determined after the Washington Nationals swept the St. Louis Cardinals right to the offseason. Washington used seven first inning runs to put this game away right from the start. The Cardinals, who had scored two total runs before this game, tried to make it interesting with four combined runs in the fourth and fifth innings, but three National relievers were pitched four shutout innings to clinch the National League pennant for the Nats. Washington will now have one full week off as they await to see who they play in game one of the World Series on Tuesday October 22nd.
The two teams fighting to face the Nationals in the World Series are the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees who both are expecting game four of the ALCS to be postponed due to poor weather Wednesday. If Wednesday’s game four gets rained out these two teams may end up playing four straight days to get this series done in time for Tuesday’s World Series start date.
Below is my pick for Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. All lines are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
(Hou leads 2-1): Houston Astros (-102) @ New York Yankees (-112): O/U 8.5 runs scored (-118/-104)
The Houston Astros used another masterful Gerrit Cole pitching performance to take a 2-1 series lead on the New York Yankees. Cole pitched seven shutout innings, allowed just four hits and struck out seven on his way to his third postseason win in three starts this year. The Astros offense was pretty quiet all night, but solo HR’s by Jose Altuve and Josh Reddick, plus a run being scored on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly, was all the ‘Stros needed with Cole on the mound. The lone Yankees run came from a Gleyber Torres solo HR in the bottom of the 8th inning.
Game Four Pitching Matchup: Both teams will be using all relievers on Wednesday, so not official starter has been named yet
Game Four Prediction: I like the Astros to take a 3-1 series lead whenever game four gets played, so back Houston in this one.
MLB Playoffs Record: 16-10