Game 2 of the 2021 World Series is set for Wednesday evening at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The Houston Astros host the Atlanta Braves, with the home team looking to even the best-of-seven series on baseball's biggest stage. Houston's vaunted offense struggled in Game 1, and the Astros will lean on Jose Urquidy's arm to provide a baseline in Game 2. Atlanta struck first in Game 1, riding a lead to the finish, and the Braves have a top-flight starting pitcher on the bump for Game 2 in Max Fried

First pitch is at 8:09 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists Houston 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 nine in the latest Braves vs. Astros odds. Before you make any Astros vs. Braves picks or MLB predictions for the World Series 2021, you need to see what SportsLine's No. 1 MLB expert John Bollman has to say.

Bollman combines MLB front-office experience with a deep statistical background. Bollman, who has a master's degree in biostatistics, worked in the Toronto Blue Jays' analytics department in 2018, focusing on high-performance sports science and player development.

In his last 317 MLB picks, Bollman has gone 184-132-1, returning more than $5,700. Anyone who has followed his picks has seen huge returns.

Now, Bollman has set his sights on Game 2 of the Braves vs. Astros World Series matchup and just revealed his coveted MLB picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his all of his World Series picks and analysis. Here are several MLB odds and World Series betting lines for Astros vs. Braves:

  • Braves vs. Astros money line: Astros -115, Braves +105
  • Braves vs. Astros over-under: 9 runs
  • Braves vs. Astros run line: Astros -1.5 (+170)
  • ATL: The Braves are 49-38 on the road this season
  • HOU: The Astros are 55-32 in 2021 home games
Featured Game | Houston Astros vs. Atlanta Braves

Why you should back the Braves

Atlanta's offense is top-notch, with power up and down the lineup and tangible balance to avoid lengthy downturns. The Braves also have the better starting pitcher in this matchup in Fried. Fried was excellent in 2021, posting a 3.04 ERA across more than 165 regular season innings, and he produced a 51.8 percent ground ball rate with nearly four strikeouts for every walk. 

Fried was even better down the stretch, accumulating a 1.74 ERA after the All-Star break, and that was headlined by a 1.46 ERA in his last 11 starts of the regular season. Over that 11-start stretch, he allowed only a .492 OPS, and even with Fried enduring a hiccup near the end of the NLCS against the Dodgers, he has a 3.35 ERA in seven career outings as a postseason starter for Atlanta.

Why you should back the Astros

After a slow start in Game 1, Houston's offense is due for a bounce-back, and the Astros were MLB's best offensive team in 2021. Led by eight players with double-digit home runs and plenty of star power, the Astros finished atop MLB leaderboards in runs scored (863), hits (1,496), batting average (.267), on-base percentage (.339) and weighted runs created plus (116). Houston was also a top-three team in OPS (.783), slugging percentage (.444), doubles (299) and strikeout avoidance, with a lineup that is deep and without tangible weakness. 

Elsewhere, the Astros can have confidence in Urquidy, who takes the ball as the starting pitcher. The 26-year-old right-hander posted a 3.62 ERA during the regular season, and Urquidy allowed fewer than one base-runner per inning. He also commanded the zone quite well, generating 4.7 strikeouts for every walk, and opponents posted only a .257 on-base percentage against him in 2021.

How to make Braves vs. Astros picks

Bollman is taking the over on Alex Bregman's total bases as one of his favorite Braves vs. Astros props. He has also discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the money line, and he's locked in several other strong 2021 World Series prop bets. You can only see his MLB picks at SportsLine.

So who wins Braves vs. Astros in Game 2 of the 2021 World Series? And what critical X-factor makes one side of the money line a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of Braves vs. Astros you need to jump on Wednesday, all from the expert that has crushed his MLB picks, and find out.