MLB Betting Odds Preview For Day 3 Of The Wild Card Round

  • The MLB Wild Card Round continues Thursday with five more games across the league, headlined by the Los Angeles Dodgers (-240) against the Milwaukee Brewers (+220).
  • Odds are available for each game, like the Miami Marlins getting +175 moneyline odds against the Chicago Cubs at -205 and Game 3 between the Chicago White Sox (+118) and the Oakland A’s (-128).
  • Elsewhere, the Atlanta Braves (-145) look to close out against the Cincinnati Reds (+125) while the St. Louis Cardinals (+138) try to complete the upset over the San Diego Padres (-158).

LAS VEGAS – The MLB Playoffs are now well underway with all 16 teams competing in the best of 3 Wild Card round.

Thursday presents five more games on the docket across the league, with all four teams looking to join the few that have already advanced to the second round.

Underdogs have been performing well so far in the Wild Card round, with the Houston Astros taking down the Minnesota Twins already.

The giants of the regular season continued to perform with the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees wrapping up their series’ in just two games.

Now the attention turns to the remaining teams who are all in action Thursday, with odds and betting lines available via the USA online sportsbooks.

Reds vs. Braves Moneyline Odds: Wild Card – Game 2 – ATL 1-0 – 12:08 p.m. EST

  • Cincinnati Reds +120
  • Atlanta Braves -140

The Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds made history on Wednesday, becoming the first teams to play 13 scoreless innings in an MLB playoff game.

Pitching was at an elite level in Game 1, as Trevor Bauer and Max Fried put on a clinic for both sides through 8 innings. After that, it was a war of attrition as the bullpens were emptied.

Eventually, something had to break, and for the Braves it was the man himself Freddie Freeman getting it done with a walk-off hit.

Now, the Braves will look to take care of the Reds with rookie pitcher Ian Anderson on the mound against Luis Castillo in Game 2, starting just this afternoon.

Marlins vs. Cubs Moneyline Odds: Wild Card – Game 2 – MIA 1-0 –2:08 p.m. EST

  • Miami Marlins +180
  • Chicago Cubs -210

The Miami Marlins began their first playoff series since 2003 with a win on Wednesday, taking down the Chicago Cubs behind a huge day from the Miami bats in the clutch.

The Cubs were winning 1-0 in the seventh inning before Brenden Dickerson smashed a 3-run home run. Jesus Aguilar followed with a bomb of his own to put the fish up 5-1, where the score would finish.

The Marlins will look to advance behind the arm of Sixto Sanchez, who takes on veteran Yu Darvish for Chicago.

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Darvish hasn’t pitched a playoff game since 2017 against the cheating Astros as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He carries a career 6.08 ERA against the Marlins into this matchup.

White Sox vs. Athletics Moneyline Odds: Wild Card – Game 3 – Series Tied 1-1 –3:08 p.m. EST

  • Chicago White Sox +118
  • Oakland Athletics -128

The Oakland Athletics were able to force a decisive Game 3 after getting the win on Wednesday, scoring five runs against the Chicago White Sox’ Dallas Keuchel.

The big problem for the White Sox now is the lack of a starting pitching candidate. With Lucas Giolito and the aforementioned Keuchel already spent, the White Sox will likely have to turn to a committee-style approach to Game 3.

As of Thursday morning, the White Sox have yet to list a starting pitcher.

Cardinals Vs. Padres Moneyline Odds: Wild Card – Game 2 – STL 1-0 –5:08 p.m. EST

  • St. Louis Cardinals +141
  • San Diego Padres -162

The St. Louis Cardinals were a great-value pick in Game 1, getting the win as a strong underdog against the San Diego Padres.

San Diego was let down by Chris Paddack, who let the Cardinals take a 4-0 lead in the first inning. The rest of the game was characterized by Cardinals pitching doing anything to avoid hard contact from the explosive Padres lineup.

Game 2 will see veteran Adam Wainwright hoping to get another key playoff victory against Zach Davies for the Padres.

Davies gets the selection after the Padres announced Mike Clevinger and Dinelson Lamet will not be on the roster for the playoffs.

Brewers vs. Dodgers Moneyline Odds: Wild Card – Game 2 – LAD 1-0 –10:08 p.m. EST

  • Milwaukee Brewers +205
  • Los Angeles Dodgers -240

The Milwaukee Brewers were unable to mount a comeback in the late-night game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, falling 4-2 after a strong outing by Walker Buehler.

The Brewers now must face one of the toughest tests in baseball if they hope to keep their season alive, the one and only Clayton Kershaw.

The good news is that Kershaw is significantly less powerful in the playoffs. In his 32 postseason appearances, Kershaw holds a 9-11 record, a 4.33 ERA, and has given up 24 home runs.

The Brewers will need all the help they can get from their offense, while Brandon Woodruff attempts to quell the Dodgers bats, led by AJ Pollack and Mookie Betts.

No matter which team earns the biggest baseball bets on Thursday, it will certainly be another terrific day of MLB playoff baseball.