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Mike Handzelek's MLB Analysis/Review/Notes/Look-Aheads


By: Point Shaver Handzelek
Date: Oct 28, 2018
   
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Boston Red Sox (MLB) - 8:09 PM EDT Premium Pick Pick: Money Line: -139 Boston Red Sox Rating: 8* Mike's MLB Managerial Mover (WIN) It looks pretty evident that Boston Manager Joey Cora has Dave Roberts eating out of his hand. He's knows how to make moves to force Roberts to exhaust his fielding lineup early on limiting his moves down the stretch. The Red Sox are a team ON THE MOVE, especially @ home. They won 60, that's right 60 games @ Fenway for a reason. Cora has had pinpoint accuracy in knowing how to juggle starters in a relief role without major disruptions in his overall starters' chemistry. Believe or not, that's where MLB is going. It's about playing post-season games like there's no tomorrow or like an elimination game. The Los Angeles Dodgers are a feisty team with Justin Turner being their catalyst. What I don't like is their inconsistency on offense as well as their lack of hitting in the clutch when the game's on the line. In contrast, the BoSox have achieved 50% of their hits with 2 outs! That formula is what champions are made of. Intangibles such as cold weather & unfamiliarity with the venue have affected the Bums overall with the exception of Manny Machado (played in Baltimore). Let's look @ some numbers that give us a pretty good advantage. In the post-season, Boston has won all 8 games in which they were the first to score. Possible WS MVP Andrew Benintendi's 4 hits yesterday has him now joined with Wally Moses (Game 4 in 1946) & Jacob Ellsbury (Game 3 in 2007) as the only Red Sox with that many hits in a WS game. In addition, this same Tea Town team have destroyed teams from the Senior Circuit to the tune of 17-4. Here's some "Southpaw Stats". The Dodgers enter this game hitting a horrid .235 versus LHP. This fits like a glove considering Boston has built a jalapeno-like 14-3 record @ this venue versus lefties. Here's 2 last daggers. Los Angeles is a frigid 2-12 with LHP Ryu pitching on the road versus winning teams. In high contrast, Price has turned in a stellar 13-4 record against that same competition. Let's get ready to go to 40-degree Fenway Park in Massachusetts for World Series Game 2 to play the BOSTON RED SOX as my MLB Managerial Mover! NOTES: I was telling Jon Q. Public to forget the trends when trying to forecast this year's World Series & concentrate more on matchups with emphasis on pitching staffs. Even though the team with the least amount of rest after their championship series has won the last 9 World Series (The Phillies last bucked that trend in 2008 over TB), I feel Boston Manager Joey Cora has evolved into a dangerous skipper with enough parts to win for awhile. His unorthodox yet innovative style of using starters in relief has catapulted his Red Sox into a dangerous team to come IF he & GM Dave Dombrowski can keep key players in place. Even though Cora doesn't see the Dodgers every regular season in inter-league play, he knows their personnel well from being Houston's bench coach last season. He's not a manager who overly concentrates on analytics like WAR, launch angles & exit velocities. However, he does emphasize where it counts as his team has great defense & hits in key situations (especially with 2 outs). He's prepped & turned both David Price & Nathan Eovaldi into forces to be reckoned with this post-season. Look for them again in 2019. On an ending note, here's a managerial stat most don't remember. Ironically both of these WS managers won a world championship playing for Boston with Roberts doing it 2004 & Cora in 2007. Thanks to all customers & followers who had the patience & perseverance in believing in me to get the job done for them over the LONG HAUL & not judging on frequency of picks, different methods & logical approach. I'm here to win for you when it counts with disregard to traditional handicapping theories, popular teams & or national exposure (Prime Time TV games). Here's the results for this season. Mike Handzelek's 2018 MLB Overall Seasonal Record: 14-4 for 78% I hope to see you again for the remainder of the football season.
 


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