The Atlanta Braves continue to defy the odds as they went on the road and took game one of the World Series from the Houston Astros Tuesday night. The win proved to be a costly one, though, as game one starting pitcher Charlie Morton was lost for the remainder of the series due to a fractured leg suffered on a comebacker.
At any rate, the Braves took home-field advantage away from Houston and will try to go home up 2-0 in the series.
Atlanta Braves Betting Preview: Try to Steal Another Game
The Atlanta Braves come into game two with all the momentum in the world. The Braves look like a team playing without a care in the world.
They somewhat shocked the baseball world when they took down the prohibitive favorite, the Los Angeles Dodgers, in the National League Championship Series, and now they are looking to take down another perennial power in the Houston Astros.
Manager Bryan Snitker will send his ace, lefthander Max Fried to the mound Wednesday night to try and go up 2-0 in the series. Fried last pitched in game five of the NLCS and struggled against the Dodgers, going 4.2 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits.
He struck out three and walked two in the 11-2 loss. Prior to that start, however, Fried had allowed just two runs in his previous 12 innings, dating back to the NLDS.
Offensively, the Braves are hitting .257 as a team in the postseason. Jorge Soler became the first player ever to lead off a World Series with a home run in game one. The Braves are led in the postseason by left fielder Eddie Rosario, who is hitting .465 in the playoffs. First baseman Freddie Freeman is hitting .297 in the postseason.
Houston Astros Betting Preview: Bounce Back Again
The Houston Astros have made a living from getting up off the mat during this postseason. They were down two games to one in the ALCS to Boston after losing two games in pretty bad fashion, only to rebound to run away with the series to advance to the Fall Classic.
Now, the Astros find themselves in the position to come back again after dropping the first game. They will not want to go to Atlanta down 0-2 in the series.
Manager Dusty Baker will send right-hander Jose Urquidy to the mound in game two. Urquidy will be making his second start in the postseason. He last pitched in game three of the American League Championship Series, where he went 1.2 innings, allowing six runs on five hits. He struck out one and walked two in the 12-3 loss to Boston.
Offensively, the Astros are hitting .276 in the postseason. Their leading hitter is designated hitter Yordan Alvarez, who is hitting .432 in the playoffs. Right fielder Kyle Tucker leads the team with four home runs during the postseason. Second baseman Jose Altuve has added three long balls in the playoffs.
Braves vs. Astros Betting Odds & Lines
MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of Houston -115, while Atlanta checks in at -105. The Astros are favored by 1.5 runs, and the over/under is 8.5.
Free Betting Pick
Having Fried on the mound with full rest gives the Braves the advantage in this one. Take the Braves to go up 2-0 with a chance to win the series at home.