Submitted by Jim Hurley on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 12:00 AM
THE WORLD SERIES GAME 6 PREVIEW –
CAN NATS WIN ANOTHER ONE ON THE ROAD
AND KEEP THIS W.S. GOING FOR ANOTHER NIGHT? …
NFL NOTEBOOK: SIZING UP THE
PATRIOTS’ POINTSPREAD “DYNASTY”
Here’s something to keep in mind while heading into this evening’s Game 6 of the World Series:
The host Houston Astros – now up three games-to-two -- finished the 2019 regular season with a 60-21 home mark and that was the best in all of Major-League Baseball. And then the first two rounds of this year’s playoffs produced a 5-1 won/loss home record for the ‘Stros against the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees, respectively. Heck, even after you toss in the World Series home losses in Game 1 and Game 2 versus the Washington Nationals, the overall home mark for this here-and-now season for Houston is 65-24 … that’s a .730 winning rate.
No wonder the odds to win this World Series are now a staggering - 700 if you like Houston; + 475 if you like the Nats.
In a World Series that’s seen only the road teams win, the $64,000 question here is can Washington win yet another road game to force a decisive Game 7?
And then what if and when we get to a Game 7 on Wednesday night?
The odds ain’t exactly in the Nationals’ favor, for sure, but RHP Stephen Strasburg (4-0, 0.96 WHIP this post-season) is the numero uno starting pitcher in the world in this month of October and how about those 40 Ks and 2 BB?
And here’s how we see it here in terms of a do-or-die game for the Nationals:
Strasburg must not only give Washington 7-or-more innings here (okay, so that’s Captain Obvious stuff) but he must find ways to keep the noisy Astros’ crowd out of this one: Tell us right now that Strasburg can retire the leadoff hitter in an inning way more times than not and the Nats have a serious shot at getting this one to Game 7 – and tell us Washington’s got a “wild card” player in this lineup that can deliver should 3B Anthony Rendon (16 hits this post-season with 9 RBI) or LF Juan Soto (4 HR, 12 RBI this post-season) go silent and then maybe the road team can win again here on this final Tuesday night in October.
Paging CF Victor Robles?
Meanwhile, the Astros were outscored 17-7 in the first two games of this Fall Classic but that was before the likes of 3B Alex Bregman (see Game 4 grand slam) and 2B Jose Altuve (24 hits and 14 runs scored this post-season) started to make real “hard contact” these past few games.
Folks, it’s no toss-up here in Game 6 – the Astros are laying – 170 with righty Justin Verlander on the hill – but there’s been no place like the road so far in this World Series. Will it continue for one – or two – more nights?
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We’re gonna revive an old Jim Sez column here. Just gonna update the eye-popping numbers, if you will:
The New England Patriots are a dynasty – six Super Bowl crowns since 2001 and they might not be finished just yet.
But what gets us to writing about the Pats today is this: They’re ultra-consistent winners in the betting world with the last notch coming in last Sunday’s 27-13 win / cover against the 10-point underdog Cleveland Browns. Now, look deep at the Patriots’ pointspread history and here’s what they have done the past 11-plus seasons alone when it comes to the almighty Las Vegas prices:
YEAR ATS RECORD
Go ahead and check it out: The Patriots are a collective 120-82-5 ATS (against the spread) for the past decade-plus and that’s been good for a .594 winning percentage and there’s not one single / solitary losing year in there spreadwise dating all the way back to 2008 which happens to be the last time the Pats failed to make the playoffs. Okay, there’s been a couple of .500 seasons where you lose some vig but amazing to see a team that’s consistently favored (and often by heavy-duty prices) and still wins at nearly 60 percent of the time.
Now that’s a real dynasty.
NOTE: Get our NFL Week 9 and College Football Previews plus Heisman Trophy stuff too in the coming editions of Jim Sez.