Braves at Astros World Series Game 1 Betting Preview: Astros Look to Capitalize on Home Field Advantage
Ah, we finally made it. The pinnacle of October baseball is upon us, with the Astros and Braves set to face off in the World Series. Two extremely different teams with the same common goal.
Game 1 of the World Series is arguably the most important matchup as teams that win Game 1 have gone on to win the entire Fall Classic 64 percent of the time. Expect both managers to do everything in their power to earn the victory on Tuesday night.
Let’s take a look at the game preview and MLB betting odds for Game 6 of the NLCS.
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Braves Preview: Have to Manufacture Runs
They really did it. Against all odds and after losing Ronald Acuna JR. to injury, the Braves won the NL East, defeated the Brewers in the NLDS, and upset the mighty Dodgers in the NLCS. But now they have the daunting task of facing the Astros in their home park on baseball’s biggest stage.
So how does Atlanta win this game?
The Braves need to find ways to score runs. That means productive outs, sacrifices, taking the extra base, and manufacturing runs by any means necessary.
The Astros are a team that thrives when playing in front of their home crowd, and they are going to score runs. If the Braves want to remain competitive in this game, they have to match Houston on the scoreboard.
Also, the man who revitalized his career in Houston in RHP Charlie Morton is the scheduled starter for Atlanta. Morton knows how to pitch in this park and might be able to tame this explosive offense.
Astros Preview: Framber the Ace
Lance McCullers JR has been ruled out for the World Series, Zack Greinke has struggled, and Luis Garcia has been inconsistent in the postseason. All of this information means that Framber Valdez is the Astros ace, and Houston’s World Series hopes might hinge on his performance.
Yes, the Astros have arguably the best offense in baseball. However, you still need pitching, so if Valdez can display any resemblance to his eight-inning performance in Game 5 of the ALCS, Houston will be just fine.
Valdez will likely get Game 1 and Game 5 if necessary but could be forced to work on three days rest in Game 4 if the Astros find themselves in trouble.
Players to Watch
Eddie Rosario and Yordan Alvarez had two of the best postseason performances we have seen in quite some time during the ALCS and NLCS, as both were named the MVP’s of their series.
Rosario went 14-25 with three home runs and 9 RBI’s, including the go-ahead homer in the Game 6 clinching victory over the Dodgers, while Alvarez went 12-23 with five extra-base hits and 6 RBI’s.
Both of these hitters have been scorching hot at the plate, and their teams are hopeful they can continue their success throughout the World Series.
Prediction: Who Wins Game 1?
I don’t see Valdez going eight innings of 1 run baseball as he did in his last start, but I do think he will still be effective through 5 or 6 innings.
Morton will likely keep Atlanta competitive throughout the early portion of the ballgame, but keeping this Astros lineup quiet for a full nine innings is an overwhelming task.
Expect the Astros bats to come through when it matters and hit their way to a late-game victory against the Braves bullpen in Game 1.
The Astros are the betting odds and line favorites to win Game 1, and they are my MLB betting pick for Tuesday night.