Atlanta Braves at Houston Astros World Series Game 1 Betting Preview/Player Prop
26 October 2021
Game 1 of the World Series is set for Tuesday night, and it is not a matchup that many were expecting when the season began. The Houston Astros will host the Atlanta Braves, and the first team to get to four wins will be crowned the champion.
Atlanta had a miserable start to the 2021 season, but they were able to turn things around after the All-Star Break. The Braves were able to eliminate the mighty Los Angeles Dodgers in six games in the NLCS to reach the Fall Classic.
Houston is now in its third World Series in the last five seasons, and they are loaded once again. The Astros took care of the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox up to this point.
The Houston Astros are the moneyline betting favorites at -136 in Game 1 of the World Series against the Atlanta Braves.
Morton Takes the Mound
It will be veteran Charlie Morton on the mound for the Atlanta Braves in Game 1, and he has plenty of experience in the World Series. Morton was a member of the Houston Astros, and he went 14-6 with a 3.34 ERA during the regular season.
Atlanta has been winning games without Ronald Acuna Jr., making this run even more impressive. The Braves still have a few offensive stars in the lineup, but they can’t afford to get into a slugfest with Houston.
Austin Riley led the team with 33 home runs and 107 RBIs during the regular season, and he has hit well in the playoffs. Eddie Rosario has been the biggest offensive star, and he will look to stay hot in the World Series.
Houston Can Really Score
Houston won the final three games of the series against the Boston Red Sox and scored 23 combined runs in those wins. The Astros have a lineup that just never seems to quit, and they are led by a pair of veteran stars.
Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve have both been hitting some clutch home runs during this postseason run, but they have had plenty of help as well. Houston had a team batting average of .267 during the regular season, and it is a deep and talented lineup.
Framber Valdez is set to make this start for the Houston Astros, and he is looking to turn some things around. Valdez has given up eight runs in 15 innings during this playoffs, and the Astros can’t afford a similar start.
Houston Hammers Atlanta in Opener
The Atlanta Braves might have their ace on the mound for the series opener, but the Astros are extremely familiar with Charlie Morton. Houston has an offense that simply won’t quit, and it should be another big offensive performance for the home team.
Atlanta does come into this series with plenty of momentum after dispatching the Dodgers, but they are facing a team that is extremely familiar with the World Series. The Braves could get out to an early lead, but it will be all Astros from that point on.
Winning Game 1 of the World Series provides a huge advantage, and the Astros make a statement in the series opener. Bet the Houston Astros -2.5 as the home team wins this game by at least three runs to set the tone for the rest of the World Series.
Jose Altuve (-125) To Score A Run
At 5-6, Altuve continues to provide oversized production for the Astros offense. His 21 HRs in postseason play now trails only Manny Ramirez (29) and Bernie Williams (22) in that category.
He has added 3 HRs in the current postseason. And while his batting average (.200) isn’t at the usual level, he has maximized his time on base. Altuve’s 15 runs scored leads the team by a considerable number with Yordan Alvarez second at 11.
And he has managed to use his small strike zone to work 7 walks, which is second to Alvarez’ 8 on the team. All this follows a career-high in walks (66), HRs (31) and runs scored (117) during the 2021 regular season.
With the Astros looking to jump out early in Game 1, we’ll take Altuve (-125) to be leading the charge once again and score a run against the Braves.
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