Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty ImagesThe American League champion Boston Red Sox will host Game 1 of the World Series against the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday as solid home favorites at sportsbooks after taking four straight from the Houston Astros.The Red Sox took care of the defending World Series champs by sweeping them on the road in three games http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-arcia-jersey , and they also had the best home record in MLB during the regular season at 57-24.MLB betting line: The Red Sox opened as -136 favorites (wager $136 to win $100); the total is at 7.5 runs, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)MLB betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 5.5-2.1, Dodgers (MLB picks on every game)Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or Spotify or at OddsShark.libsyn.com for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week鈥檚 top sports betting news.Why the Dodgers can pay on the MLB linesThe Dodgers showed a lot of poise and character in overcoming a 2-1 deficit versus the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Championship Series and winning Game 7 on the road. That put Los Angeles back in the World Series again this year despite some bumps along the way dating back to the middle of May when they were 10 games under the .500 mark at 16-26.Now Los Angeles will send ace Clayton Kershaw to the mound (9-5, 2.73 ERA) in the series opener at Fenway Park even though he has continued to be up-and-down in the playoffs throughout his career. Why the Red Sox can pay on the MLB linesBoston is hoping ace Chris Sale (12-4, 2.11 ERA) can overcome a rough start in Game 1 of the ALCS on October 13 when he gave up two runs in four innings with four walks and five strikeouts in an eventual 7-2 loss to Houston.The good news is that the 29-year-old only allowed one hit to the Astros, and he is over the stomach illness that reportedly plagued him that weekend. This is exactly why the Red Sox traded for Sale two years ago http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-arcia-jersey , to get back to the World Series and have a legitimate ace who can dominate.Smart betting pickThis will likely be a long series between two great teams where managing could well be the difference. How Los Angeles' Dave Roberts and Boston's Alex Cora handle their respective lineups and pitchers will be the key, starting right away in Game 1.Both teams have shown the ability to rebound from adversity, so the loser of this game is not out of it by any means. But Game 1 is more critical for Sale, who must prove he can pitch in the spotlight. The Red Sox have won seven of the past 10 meetings with the Dodgers, according to the OddsShark MLB Database, so they are the play here.MLB betting trendsBoston is 6-1 in its last seven games.The total has gone over in four of Boston's last five games.Los Angeles is 3-7 in its last 10 games when playing Boston.All MLB odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report's official odds partner, OddsShark. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week's top games. You can also download the free odds tracker app. CLEVELAND (AP) — Leonys Martin feels blessed to be alive after recovering from a life-threatening bacterial infection last summer.The Cleveland Indians outfielder spoke to the media Friday for the first time since the health scare. He thanked the doctors and staff at Cleveland Clinic, where he spent nearly two weeks after being rushed to the hospital following an Aug. 7 game.“They saved my life Glenn Robinson Jersey ,” he said.The 30-year-old Martin said various thoughts have passed through his mind over the last several months.“The most important thing is I’m able to see my family, my kids and play baseball again,” he said.Martin said he might have blacked out and can’t recall details of what happened the night he became ill after returning home from a game at Progressive Field.“I still have no idea,” he said. “The only thing I remember is feeling pain. I don’t know where. I don’t remember anything else.”Martin isn’t sure how got to the hospital and said he didn’t fully understand what happened until he talked to the doctors after he got out of intensive care a couple of days later.Doctors determined that a bacterial infection had entered his bloodstream and released toxins that damaged his internal organs and compromised their functions. Martin said doctors have been unable to pinpoint what caused the infection.Martin’s family came to Cleveland and spent time with him. His teammates printed his initials and number (“LM13”) on their hats the rest of the season.“That was really emotional for me to watch the game and see the support from my teammates and the fans,” he said. “I’ll never forget that.”Martin was given clearance to resume baseball activities in November. He has no restrictions on strength and conditioning as spring training begins next month.“It’s been a long recovery,” he said. “The doctors, we’ve been through everything like baby steps, taking it slow. I’m in good shape right now. I feel 100 percent.”Martin was acquired from Detroit for minor league infielder Willi Castro on July 31 to give the Indians help in their outfield Manny Pina Jersey , but he appeared in only six games, going 5 for 15.Martin is the Indians’ most experienced outfielder with camp about to begin. All-Star Michael Brantley signed with Houston and it’s unclear what the opening day outfield will look like in Minnesota on March 28.Martin realizes it will be an emotional experience when he gets back on the field and isn’t sure how he’ll react.“I don’t know,” he said. “I will do my best to be under control. I’m going to enjoy every time I’m in a Cleveland Indians uniform.”NOTES: The Indians claimed RHP A.J. Cole from the New York Yankees. The 27-year-old Cole began last season in the Washington rotation, was hit hard in his first start and sent to the Yankees in late April for cash. He finished 4-2 with a 6.14 ERA last year, including 3-1 with a 4.26 ERA in 28 relief appearances for New York.