The Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 13-12 in 10 innings on Sunday to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. The World Series shifts to L.A. for Game 6 on Tuesday. Can the Dodgers force a Game 7?
Since 2005, 93 teams (not counting Wild Card games) have faced elimination at home. In all playoff games, home teams have gone 244-190 (56.2%) straight-up but with their backs against the wall, home teams facing elimination are just 45-48 (48.4%), -14.3 units.
The Dodgers (-105) opened as slight favorites in Game 6 but with nearly 70% of moneyline dollars on the Astros, L.A. is now +104 underdogs.
In all postseason games, home underdogs are 57-55 (50.9%) straight-up. In elimination games, home dogs are 8-16 (33.3%), -7.33 units.
It’s do-or-die for the Dodgers. History is not on their side but in a World Series that has already seen two extra-inning games and the record set for most home runs, anything is possible.