MLB Playoffs 2021: Odds, Daily Fantasy Predictions for Sunday's ALDS

Adam WellsOctober 10, 2021

AP Photo/Steve Helber

Coming off Saturday's travel day, the two American League Division Series resume Sunday.

The Houston Astros can sweep the Chicago White Sox out of the playoffs and clinch a berth in the ALCS for the fifth consecutive year. They have outscored the AL Central champs 15-5 through the first two games of the series.

In the other series, the Boston Red Sox stormed back to life with a 14-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 2 to even things up before the first game at Fenway Park.

In anticipation of these games, here are some daily fantasy projections to keep in mind if you want to add more drama to the proceedings.

Sunday Odds

Tampa Bay Rays -104 (wager $104 to win $100) at Boston Red Sox -112

Houston Astros +104 at Chicago White Sox -122

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DFS Advice

Pretty much any hitter in Houston's lineup would be worthy of starting in your DFS lineup. They led MLB in runs scored during the regular season and have carried that over to the first two games of the ALDS.

Since we have to single out one player to take, though, allow yourself to be steered in the direction of Carlos Correa. The two-time All-Star has three hits in six at-bats and two RBI in the series already.

That only adds to the legend of Correa's history as a high-level postseason performer.

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Until the White Sox figure out a way to consistently get Correa out, he's as safe a bet as anyone to have an excellent single game.

In the other dugout, Luis Robert might be the surest thing to do something special in MLB right now.

After returning from a torn hip flexor Aug. 9, Robert hit .350/.389/.622 with 12 homers in 180 at-bats over 43 games to finish the regular season. He's carried that over to the playoffs with five hits in seven at-bats against the Astros.

Joe Sheehan @joe_sheehan

Luis Robert has been more or less the best player in baseball since coming back from the hip injury.

Houston is sending Luis Garcia to the mound against the White Sox in Game 3. Robert had an .860 OPS and seven homers against right-handed pitching during the regular season.

The Red Sox-Rays series features many offensive stars. While that would seem to indicate picking two hitters as the way to go, pivot in a different direction for Boston.

Nathan Eovaldi will make his first appearance in the series after pitching 5.1 innings in the AL Wild Card Game against the New York Yankees. The All-Star right-hander had the best season his career in 2021, posting a 3.75 ERA with 195 strikeouts in 182.1 innings over 32 starts. 

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Nathan Eovaldi is rolling 😤<br><br>He's got 7 Ks through 5 shutout innings 🔒 <a href="https://t.co/FtQvnA9Z3v">pic.twitter.com/FtQvnA9Z3v</a>

Since these teams play in the same division, Eovaldi has had a lot of exposure to the Rays. He had a 2.39 ERA with 31 strikeouts and 15 hits allowed in 26.1 innings across four starts against Tampa Bay.

Wander Franco, the possible AL Rookie of the Year, has been a hitting machine since the start of August. He had a .323/.383/.506 slash line over his final 41 games in the regular season.

In two playoff games, Franco is 4-for-8 with two doubles. One potential drawback for the 20-year-old is his overall performance against right-handed pitching. He had just a .696 OPS against them in 183 at-bats during the regular season.

Rather than be concerned about that, though, just think of it as a small sample put up by a rookie who is the youngest player in MLB this year.

Franco has been the Rays best hitter down the stretch and has carried that over into his first postseason.


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