Oct 26, 2021, 6:30 pm ET in MLB
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Expert Top Pick of the Day: Atlanta Braves vs Houston Astros

Expert Top Pick of the Day: Atlanta Braves vs Houston Astros

The best of the best this season are facing each other to become the title holders in the MLB World Series Game one. The Braves and the Astros are the true contenders now for the championship showing a display of consistency and resiliency, leaving behind very strong teams in the way, such as the LA Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox, respectively. 

A true heavyweight standoff is coming between these two that have not seen each other this year yet or have ever been in a seven-game final. So, there is no reference to what could happen in these games or how the series will play out for each team. 

The Braves, coming with a world series record of 3-6, are looking to add another chip to their history, while the Astros have only won one championship in three previous opportunities for the title.

Atlanta Braves vs Houston Astros Schedule

  • Date: Tuesday, October 26
  • Time: 8:09 PM ET
  • Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX

Braves Treatment

The Braves sure know how to play surprisingly effective baseball this season against all the odds, beating the former champion Dodgers and taking all their talented group of players to nothing less than the MLB World Series championship games. Since 1999, this team has not experienced the big stage, and this time they are facing a most recent contender in the Astros. 

But how has it been for the Braves on their road to the finals? They have beaten teams like the Milwaukee Brewers in a grudge match of a series beating three games in a row to leave them behind.

Later on, they would face the Dodgers, who were favorites to advance but still fell under the Braves’ treatment. Eddie Rosario has been one of the biggest assets for this team, scoring his most impactful home runs in game six in the NLCS; let’s see if he can repeat when it counts for the trophy.

The Astros are Aligned

Back in 2019, the Astros made their last appearance in a World Series against the Washington Nationals, in a series that had everything for a great comeback from the Astros that were down by two in the beginning, but won the next three consecutive games and finally failed to put the series to rest and got beaten in game seven. 

The Astros are not new to this stage in the postseason, and even when they have not been as many times as the Braves, they sure have made their opportunities count not to go the distance. This time around, the Astros come to these games leading the entire league in regular-season runs with 863, along with the postseason runs also with 67.

It is worth mentioning one of the key players in José Altuve, who ranks in the top five for the all-time postseason home runs and shows up to this series as a very relevant factor to consider in the hitting game.

Atlanta Braves vs Houston Astros Odds Comparison

Vegas odds for this year’s World Series have the Astros coming in favorite in-game number one, taking into account that the Braves had a WS drought of almost 20 years.

The Astros have shown composure and a very tactical team that has overcome each and every time they have been challenged this season. According to the odds, they are not going to shy from this challenge either and will start out strong in these interesting finals.

  • DraftKings has the Astros -135, -1.5 runs, and a total of 8 over -115
  • FanDuel has the Astros -136, -1.5 runs, and a total of 8 over -118
  • PointsBet has the Astros -135, -1.5 runs, and a total of 8 over -120

Godds Pick or Prediction of the Game

The Astros will face a very tough opponent in the Braves, which is a team that has been very comfortable playing as an underdog during this entire season and has shown that they have what it takes to find a way to victory regardless.

In a very high-scoring game one for the WS, both teams will have early numbers on the board as soon as possible to start the series strong.

  • Godds Pick/Prediction: Atlanta Braves to win the game and total goes over 8.