Despite losing pitcher Charlie Morton to a broken fibula, the Atlanta Braves look to take a commanding 2-0 lead over the Houston Astros when they meet in Game 2 of the 2021 World Series on Wednesday. The Braves (88-73), champions of the National League East, got a jump on Houston with a 6-2 victory in Game 1 by scoring five early runs. The Astros (95-67), champions of the American League West, had a five-game winning streak over Atlanta snapped on Tuesday.
First pitch from Minute Maid Park is set for 8:09 p.m. ET. Atlanta has belted 14 homers this October, tied for second-best in MLB, while Houston has connected for 13, fourth-best. The Astros are a -115 favorite (risk $115 to win $100) on the money line in the latest Braves vs. Astros odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total runs scored is nine. Before making any Astros vs. Braves picks, check out the latest MLB predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, enters the 2021 World Series with a 208-178 record on top-rated MLB money-line picks, returning almost $600. Anyone following it has seen some huge returns.
Now, the model has dialed in on Braves vs. Astros and just revealed its 2021 World Series picks and predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's Astros vs. Braves picks. Here are several MLB odds and betting lines for Astros vs. Braves:
- Braves vs. Astros money line: Atlanta +105, Houston -115
- Braves vs. Astros run line: Houston -1.5 (+170)
- Braves vs. Astros over-under: 9 runs
- ATL: The Braves are 5-0 in their last five Game 2s of a series
- HOU: The Astros are 6-1 in their last seven interleague games as a favorite
Why you should back the Astros
Outfielder Michael Brantley has been red hot and has hits in five consecutive postseason games. In Game 1 of the World Series, he was 3-for-5 with a double. He was also a difference-maker in the ALCS against Boston. In Games 4 and 5 of that series, Brantley went 2-for-5 both times, driving in four runs total. In the ALDS vs. the White Sox, he was on fire, going 7-for-19 (.368), including a 3-for-6 performance with two RBIs in the decisive 10-1 Game 4 victory. In 11 postseason games, Brantley is batting .340 with three doubles, eight RBIs and one stolen base.
Also pounding the baseball is outfielder Kyle Tucker, who has driven in a whopping 15 runs this postseason with three doubles and four home runs. He was 2-for-4 with a double in the World Series opener on Tuesday. He has hits in nine of 11 postseason games, including four multi-hit and multi-RBI games.
Why you should back the Braves
First baseman Freddie Freeman has been one of the main reasons Atlanta has made a deep postseason run. He was 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in the Game 1 win over Houston. He homered to propel the Braves past the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 in the decisive Game 4 win in the NLDS. He also homered and drove in two runs in Atlanta's 9-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS. Freeman is hitting .297 in 11 postseason games with two doubles, three homers, seven RBIs and 11 walks.
Outfielder Jorge Soler, who was the designated hitter in Game 1, was instrumental in getting the Braves off to a fast start to the World Series with his lead-off home run. He finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs. In six postseason games this year, Solar has two doubles, one home run and two RBIs.
How to make Astros vs. Braves picks
SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 9.4 runs. It also says one side of the money line has all the value. You can only get the model's Astros vs. Braves pick at SportsLine.
So who wins Braves vs. Astros? And which side of the money line has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Astros vs. Braves spread to jump on Wednesday, all from the advanced model that has returned nearly $600 on MLB picks in 2021, and find out.