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MLB playoffs betting odds, picks: Rays strike first vs. Yankees, plus a long-shot home run prediction

After two full days off, the Major League Baseball playoffs are set for action again Monday afternoon and evening with the American League Division Series getting underway. So-called bad blood exists in both series and the expectation is both will be highly competitive as well. It’ll be fun without the gambling aspect, sure, but we can add to the fun, no? Let’s do it.

ALDS Game 1

Houston

Oakland (-1.5)

4 p.m.

TBS

8.5

ALDS Game 1

N.Y. Yankees (-1.5)

Tampa Bay

8 p.m. 

TBS

7.0

All lines via William Hill Sportsbook

Rays win (+135)

Like most people heading into the series — at least from what I’ve seen — I picked the Yankees to win. I think it’ll be close and hard fought, though, and I wonder about the Rays sitting around with their 40-20 regular-season record and fairly easy two-game sweep of the Blue Jays seeing nearly everyone

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