The Atlanta Braves will look to finish the postseason perfect at home when they battle the Houston Astros in Game 5 of the 2021 World Series on Sunday. The Braves (88-73), winners of the National League East, are 7-0 on their home field and are one game away from winning their first World Series championship since 1995. The Braves defeated the Astros (95-67) 3-2 on Saturday after trailing 2-0 after four innings. Houston, which won the American League West title, is looking to win its second World Series in five years.
First pitch from Truist Park in Atlanta is set for 8:15 p.m. ET. Atlanta leads the all-time series 396-334, including a 15-8 edge in the postseason. Houston is the -115 favorite (risk $115 to win $100) in the latest Astros vs. Braves odds, while Atlanta is a +105 underdog. The over-under for total runs scored is 8.5. Before making any Braves vs. Astros picks, check out the latest MLB predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has dialed in on Astros vs. Braves and just revealed its coveted World Series 2021 picks and predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's MLB picks. Here are the MLB odds and World Series betting lines for Braves vs. Astros:
- Astros vs. Braves money line: Houston -115, Atlanta +105
- Astros vs. Braves run line: Atlanta +1.5 (-160)
- Astros vs. Braves over-under: 8.5 runs
- HOU: The Astros are 8-6 in their last 14 playoff games
- ATL: The Braves are 11-1 in their last 12 home games against a team with a winning record
Why you should back the Braves
Outfielder Eddie Rosario has feasted on Astros pitching this series, going 5-for-16 (.313) with two doubles. On Saturday, he was 2-for-4 with a double and one run scored. In the series opener, he was 2-for-5 with a double, and was a huge reason the Braves defeated the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS. In that series, which went six games, he hit .560 with one double, one triple, three homers and nine RBIs with a .607 on-base percentage and a 1.040 slugging percentage.
Third baseman Austin Riley has been red-hot, going 2-for-4 with an RBI in Saturday's win. He got the scoring started in Game 3 with a third-inning RBI double, and has a five-game hitting streak and is batting .294 with two doubles and three RBIs this series. For the postseason, he is batting .263 with four doubles, two homers and eight RBIs. Riley batted .303 with 33 homers, 107 RBIs and 91 runs scored during the regular season.
Why you should back the Astros
Although Houston has its back to the wall, they expect to send left-hander Framber Valdez (11-6, 3.14 ERA) to the mound. He was the ace of the staff during the regular season. Valdez was hit hard in the Game 1 loss, allowing five earned runs on eight hits in two innings in a 6-2 defeat. That was after his stellar outing in Boston in Game 5 of the ALCS when he allowed just one earned run on three hits in eight innings of work in a 9-1 Astros victory.
Second baseman Jose Altuve was one of Houston's bright spots on offense in Game 4, going 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored. In Game 2 of the World Series, Altuve was 2-for-5 with a home run, RBI and two runs scored. He played a big role in Houston's offense during the regular season, batting .278 with 31 home runs, 83 RBIs and 117 runs scored in 146 games. He is a .340 hitter career hitter against Atlanta with two doubles, one homer and seven RBIs.
How to make Braves vs. Astros picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 8.4 runs. It also says one side of the money line has all the value. You can only get the model's World Series Game 5 pick at SportsLine.
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