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Atlanta Braves at Houston Astros World Series Game 6 Betting Preview/Player Prop

02 November 2021

The 2021 World Series now shifts back to Houston for Game 6, and it would also be the site for a Game 7 if needed. The Atlanta Braves currently hold a 3-2 series lead over the Houston Astros and can finish this series off with a win.

Atlanta took control of this series from Game 1, winning three of the first four games over the Houston Astros. The Braves are trying to complete one of the most improbable World Series title runs in recent memory.

Houston is in its third World Series in the last five years, and this team just knows how to win in the postseason. The Astros will now be forced to win three straight games if they want to win another World Series championship.

The Houston Astros are currently the moneyline betting favorites at -126 over the Atlanta Braves to win Game 6.

Braves Need Fried to Deliver

The Atlanta Braves are dealing with a ton of injuries to the starting rotation, but they will have one of their best on the mound in this game. Max Fried is set to take the ball, and Atlanta could use a long start out of the lefthander.

Fried was hit hard in his first start of the season, giving up six earned runs in just five innings pitched. Atlanta does have a terrific and deep bullpen, but that group has been used a ton over the past two games.

The Atlanta offense is still looking to break out a bit as a team, but the Braves have been showing off some power. Atlanta got two home runs in the Game 5 loss, but they need to string some hits together.

Astros Looking to Mash

The Houston Astros want to win games with their potent lineup, and that will be the strategy they use in this matchup as well. Houston scored nine runs in the Game 5 victory, but the offense hasn’t always come easy throughout this series.

Pitching has also been a problem for the Astros, and they are in need of a solid game from their starter. Luis Garcia suffered a loss earlier in the series, but he did hold the Braves to just one run in 3.2 innings.

Houston always seems to come up with a big hit or play when they need it the most, and they will look to do it again in front of their home crowd.

Houston Forces a Game 7

The Braves needed to finish this series off in Atlanta because now they are in for a real battle. This Astros team just has so much championship pedigree that they aren’t going to make this easy for Atlanta to finish off.

It appears as if the Braves do have a slight edge in the pitching matchup on Tuesday night, but the Astros are such a good offensive team at home. This game will be won at the plate, and the Astros will be the team that does most of the damage.

The World Series is going to be headed to a Game 7 as the Astros even things up. Bet the Houston Astros -2.5 as they win this game by at least three runs.

Player Prop

Luis Garcia (-160) Over 3.5 Strikeouts

Houston manager Dusty Baker made the decision to go with Garcia despite being on short rest. It’s a tough position to put the 24-year-old rookie in even with normal rest.

But Garcia has earned the trust with his recent performances. Since getting bombed in his first two postseason appearances against the White Sox and Red Sox, Garcia has responded with two effective, albeit short, appearances.

He shut down Boston in the deciding Game 6 of the ALCS with 5 2/3 innings of one-hit, zero-run ball. He also struck out eight.

He followed that up with 3 2/3 innings in a losing effort in Game 3, but still was able to strike out six despite throwing only 72 pitches.

His high strike out totals with limited pitch counts shows he still has electric stuff at the end of an 11-win season. Even with the short leash expected tonight from Baker, we’ll take Garcia (-160) to continue to maximize his limited innings and go over 3.5 strikeouts.

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