Matthew Manouli | Wed 25/10/2017 - 13:55 EDT

Astros Aim To Be Kings Of the Hill In World Series Game 2

Astros Aim To Be Kings Of the Hill In World Series Game 2

Astros at Dodgers World Series Game 2

Game 2 of the World Series is sure to be just as good as the first edition. Houston kept it close, but a crucial error led to a Justin Turner two run shot which sealed the game for the Dodgers. The 'Stros would be happy with a 1-1 split heading back to Houston. Los Angeles has the momentum for now though.

Our pick for Game 1 was a loser, but we'll look to bounce back today. Houston played a good game, and Keuchel wasn't that bad, although a mistake cost them a two run homer which unfortunately gave the Dodgers the 3-1 lead, making us narrowly miss the RL. We are still way up in profit on the year and our profit currently stands at 21-7.

This game opened with the Dodgers as slight favorites. The line has moved a tiny bit towards the Astros, and because of Verlander, the line might end up at around even here.

My Team's Next MatchLos Angeles Dodgers

The line says it all for this game. While Rich Hill isn't on par with Kershaw, he's still a great pitcher. We should see something similar to last game, except Los Angeles will struggle a bit more at the plate. It's not like they were smashing around hits on Tuesday and impressed us offensively. It was a game that could have gone either way.

Houston has value here as slight dogs, because Verlander has yet to disappoint. You can't argue with his perfect record since suiting up in Astros colours. We'll go with the same play we had yesterday, but this time it should hit. It'll be another low scoring, tight game, but look for LA to struggle more offensively.

And keep in mind that five of six of Hill's previous starts against Houston have come by a single run. It doesn't get closer than that, and with the RL in our favor, it's worth the price. 

Pick: Houston Astros +1.5 (-200) at Sports Interaction

Record: 21-7

The Houston Astros offense took yet another night off on the road, with their only run coming on an Alex Bregman home run. They are 0-4 in their last 4 playoff road games, and things don't seem to be looking up for this squad. Jose Altuve and crew will have to rely on Justin Verlander (4-0, 1.46 ERA) to get them though this next game, and even with a meager offense, with this ace pitching, they just might pull it off.

Since joining the Astros at the end of August, the 34-year-old is a perfect 9-0 with a 1.23 ERA dating back to the regular season. In the regular season, the lefty was 15-8 with a 3.36 ERA with both the Astros and Tigers. In this postseason, he's got a 1.46 ERA with 24 SO in 24.2 IP over four appearances, three of which were starts. 

While Verlander has a solid career postseason record of 11-5, his record in the World Series is 0-3 with a 7.20 ERA. Seeing where he is now, that's not a good sign.

The Los Angeles Dodgers had offensive struggles of their own, but with their stacked lineup, they only needed one breakthrough in the war of attrition and it came in the form of Justin Turner. His 14 postseason RBIs are a franchise record. Chris Taylor led off the game with a bang, sending Keuchel's first pitch over the left field wall for a lead off homer.

Rich Hill (0-0, 3.00 ERA) will be excited to make his World Series debut. At 37 years old, Hill has experienced a resurgence this season after a decline which sent him to the independent Atlantic League back in 2015. His excellent play since, going 12-8 with a 3.32 ERA in 25 starts this season, has earned him a spot on the World Series roster and a chance for glory.

Hill has six postseason starts under his belt, but is only 1-2 with a 3.96 ERA in them. 

Do you agree with our pick? Or will Rich Hill show us he's actually not over the hill? Let us know what you think in the comment section below, and be sure to share and follow us for more MLB postseason picks!

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