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2021 MLB Handicapping: World Series Game 3
(1-1) Houston Astros vs. Atlanta Braves (1-1)
Date: Friday, October 29th, 2021
Time: 8:09 PM ET
Venue: Truist Park, Atlanta, GA
Projected Pitchers: Luis Garcia (HOU) vs. Ian Anderson (ATL)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Astros -110 Braves -110 (Bet Now!)
MLB run line Betting Odds: Astros +1.5, Braves -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 8.5
The Astros will be in Atlanta to take on the Braves for Game 3 of the 2021 World Series. The first pitch is set for Friday at 8:09 ET.
Luis Garcia is going for the Astros and Ian Anderson gets the ball for the Braves.
Houston evened up the series on Wednesday by getting the 7-2 win.
The Astros did exactly what they needed to do in Game 2. Their goal was to come back to Atlanta with the series tied 1-1 and that is exactly what happened.
This team has not been down a lot in the playoffs, but when they have been, they have done a very good job of responding.
For example, they were down 2-1 to the Red Sox in the ALCS and they came back and won the next 3 games in a row. You never sense any panic with this ball club and for good reason.
In game 1 of the World Series, it was pretty clear that Houston came out a little flat. Atlanta played with more urgency and thus got the win by a wide margin.
Jose Urquidy stepped up for Houston in game 2. The right-hander went 5 innings, allowed 2 earned runs, and struck out 7 batters. He looked very good out there.
Houston will now turn to right-hander Luis Garcia for game 3. He was very sharp to close out the Red Sox in game 6 last Friday. He went 5.2 innings and did not allow an earned run.
It was imperative that the pitching was better in Game 2 after Framber Valdez laid an egg in the first game. Houston will look to build off of this when the series shifts back to the ATL.
The offense for this team was held in check in game 1, but you knew they were not going to be quiet for 2 games in a row. They did a good job of getting to Max Fried on Wednesday which led them to a victory.
Although the Braves lost game 2, there is no reason for them to be worried. If you told Brian Snitker that they could split the first two games in Houston and the series is now shifting back to Atlanta for 3 games in a row, he would sign up for that any day of the week.
To me, these teams flipped flopped in the first 2 games at Minute Maid. Atlanta came out and was the aggressor in Game 1 and it led to an easy victory. In Game 2, the Astros came out with some urgency and they got the win. It will be interesting to see what happens now that the games are back in Atlanta.
Atlanta struck first in game 1 by punching the Astros in the mouth, but as good teams often do, Houston punched right back. This is part of what makes this series so interesting.
With Charlie Morton out with a broken leg, the Braves really need Max Fried to step up even more so, but he did not do that on Wednesday. The left-hander went 5 innings and allowed 5 earned runs.
The Astros will be counting on Ian Anderson in Game 3. Although he has not been in the league for that long, he already has a good amount of playoff experience.
The last start that Anderson made came against the Dodgers in game 6. In that game, he went 4 innings and allowed 1 earned run.
Anderson will be in for a big challenge when he tries to navigate through that tough Houston lineup. There are not too many easy-outs in their lineup.
The biggest strength for the Braves all year long was their offense. I look for them to have success hitting in their home ballpark, a place where they hit very well throughout the year.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- The Astros are 2-5 in their last 7 interleague road games vs. a team with a winning record.
- The Astros are 1-4 in their last 5 interleague games as an underdog.
- The Braves are 5-0 in their last 5 games after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game.
- The Braves are 6-0 in their last 6 home games vs. a right-handed starter.
Houston Astros vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Prediction:
As strictly a baseball fan, this series has been entertaining. Even though they have not been close games, I like the fact that neither team is giving in.
After watching the first two games, I still give the edge to the Astros, but the Braves have a big advantage that the next 3 games are at Truist Park. I really think Atlanta will play well at home.
I look for the Braves to have some success against Luis Garcia. I just think their hitter’s matchup well with him and if they can lay off his secondary stuff in the dirt, they will be fine. Anderson may not be great, but I feel he can do enough to keep his team in the game.
I am going with the Braves at home here.
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