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Still time to shop for divisional series bets

by Sam Panayotovich
Updated On: October 5, 2020, 11:57 am ET

And then there were eight. 

The Major League Baseball postseason resumes Monday with the commencement of both ALDS series. Oakland and Houston get the ball rolling this afternoon while Tampa Bay and New York play tonight. 

Atlanta and Miami begin their series Tuesday afternoon, then the two California clubs get underway tomorrow night with Los Angeles and San Diego. 

All series in the divisional round are best-of-fives at neutral sites.

PointsBet Sportsbook has the following series prices available right now:

PointsBet divisional prices

Athletics -125 vs. Astros +105

Oakland killed my 60-to-1 White Sox future last round so I'm a little salty. However, I was extremely impressed with their resiliency in Game 3 to erase an early 3-0 deficit. Many teams would have folded under the pressure, but not the A's. Their powerful bullpen is also very deep and should be the ex-factor in this series against an Astros club that lives and dies with big hacks.  

Rays +120 vs. Yankees -145

Tampa Bay won eight of 10 regular season meetings, but I would argue that New York was the most injury-riddled team all season. The Bronx Bombers are finally healthy and they blasted the Indians out of the first round. Gerrit Cole and Masahiro Tanaka will get two starts a piece in this series too. I honestly feel like the price should be more expensive. 

Braves -304 vs. Marlins +240

Atlanta fans everywhere are salivating about this matchup. I'm pretty excited too with a Braves +900 future ticket in my back pocket. The Marlins have certainly been the Cinderella story of the baseball season, but I don't think they have the bats to hang in this series. The Braves actually know how to score runs unlike the Cubs, who plated one measly run in two playoff games. 

Dodgers -264 vs. Padres +210

It's too bad that the San Diego rotation has been decimated by injuries. Mike Clevinger and Dinelson Lamet are both on the shelf, which will be extremely problematic for the Padres in a best-of-five. I really want to pick the young and exciting underdog because I love Fernando Tatis Jr., but there are just too many good starting pitchers in the Dodgers rotation. 

I refuse to drink expensive juice, so I'm out on Atlanta and San Diego as big favorites. The Oakland-Houston series is a coin flip, so I'll pass there too. I believe there's very good value on New York. They're just a better all-around baseball team and the price is relatively cheap because of Tampa's dominance in the regular season. 

Play on the Yankees series -145. 

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Sam Panayotovich

Sam Panayotovich is a sports betting analyst from the South Side of Chicago. He'll probably pick against your favorite team a lot. Follow him @spshoot