The Atlanta Braves enter Saturday's Game 2 matchup with a sense of urgency against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Braves trail 1-0 in the 2021 NLDS after a frustrating 2-1 defeat on Friday in Milwaukee. Given that the series is a best-of-five matchup, Atlanta must win Game 2 behind starting pitcher Max Fried to avoid a perilous situation. Milwaukee can take full control with another victory, and the Brewers will send dominant right-hander Brandon Woodruff to the hill.
First pitch in this 2021 MLB playoff matchup is at 5:07 p.m. ET in Milwaukee. Caesars Sportsbook lists Milwaukee as a -115 favorite (risk $115 to win $100) on the money line, while the over-under, or total number of runs Vegas thinks will be scored, is seven in the latest Braves vs. Brewers odds. Before making any Brewers vs. Braves picks, be sure to see the MLB playoff predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven model.
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- Braves vs. Brewers money line: Brewers -115, Braves +105
- Braves vs. Brewers over-under: 7 runs
- Braves vs. Brewers run line: Brewers -1.5 (+175)
- ATL: The Braves are 46-36 in road games this season
- MIL: The Brewers are 46-36 in home games in 2021
Why you should back the Braves
Atlanta has actually been better on the road than at home this season when it comes to the standings, and the team has a strong offense and a lights-out starting pitcher. The Braves were No. 2 in the NL in home runs (237) this season, leading the league with 116 home runs after the All-Star break. Atlanta was also No. 2 in slugging percentage (.435) and No. 4 in OPS (.754), with the No. 3 mark in the league with 790 runs scored.
After a Game 1 effort that saw wasted opportunities on the way to only a single run, the Braves should be expected to bounce back, and Fried has been dominant on the mound. Fried has a 1.46 ERA since the beginning of August and a 1.74 ERA since the All-Star break. With that recent excellence combined with a track record of success prior to 2021, the Braves are tough to beat with him on the mound and the offense they will deploy in Game 2.
Why you should back the Brewers
Milwaukee is an elite team when it comes to run prevention, and this is a strong matchup with Woodruff on the bump. Woodruff owns a 2.56 ERA in 30 starts this season, ranking No. 4 in the NL, and he ranks in the top 10 in strikeout rate (10.6 per 9 innings), strikeouts (211), walk rate (2.16 per 9 innings) and home-run rate (0.9 allowed per 9 innings). Woodruff can turn it over to a strong bullpen, with Milwaukee leading the NL in strikeout rate (10.89 per 9) among relief groups.
Josh Hader is arguably the best reliever in the National League with a 1.23 ERA in the regular season, and he preserved the Game 1 win against the heart of Atlanta's lineup. The Brewers will also test Fried with patience, as Milwaukee ranks No. 3 in the NL with 586 walks in the regular season.
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