The Atlanta Braves will make a second attempt to claim their first World Series win in over two decades when they hit the diamond on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park for Game 6 of this year’s Fall Classic as slim betting underdogs. The Astros extended the series with a 9-5 comeback victory on Sunday, but continue to lag by three games to two margins, and as lengthy underdogs on the World Series futures.
CanadianBettingSites takes a look at all the odds and trends as the scene shifts to Houston for Game 6 of the 2021 World Series. Sports bettors looking to get in on MLB action for the first time can refer to our MLB betting guides to learn all they need to know to get the best out of their baseball betting experience.
Game 5 Recap
After tying a major league record with seven straight home victories to start the postseason, the Atlanta Braves looked to be on their way to their first World Series championship win since 1999 when they took the field at Truist Park for Game 5 on Sunday night. Despite being pegged as 2.06 home underdogs on the Game 5 odds the Braves stormed out to an early 4-0 lead.
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) November 1, 2021
However, the Astros quickly returned the favour, chasing starter Tucker Davidson by scoring a pair of runs on a pair of second-inning extra-base hits, and eventually took the lead for good on the strength of a three-run sixth inning, forcing Game 6 on Tuesday night on their home turf at Minute Maid Park. Despite Sunday’s character performance and the club’s steady 7-2 record in their past nine home dates, the Astros return to Houston still lagging on the World Series futures as lengthy 2.99 underdogs at Sports Interaction.
There is no new news on the injury report for either of these teams. Astros backup catcher Jason Castro was placed on the team’s COVID-19 list prior to game 4 and was subsequently removed from Houston’s World Series roster. Braves starter Charlie Morton is also out for the remainder of the series after suffering a broken leg in Game 1.
Fried Set to Start for Braves
Max Fried is expected to get the call for Atlanta when the Braves return to action in Game 6 pegged as 2.05 road underdogs on the World Series odds at Bet99. The 27-year-old southpaw compiled an impressive 14-7 record this season and surrendered just two total earned runs while claiming the win in each of his final three starts. However, Fried has faced a progressively tougher road in the postseason.
Will Max Fried bounce back and deliver a title to Atlanta?
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) November 1, 2021
The four-year veteran turned in a pair of sparkling performances against Milwaukee in Game 2 of the NLDS and versus Los Angeles in Game 1 of the NLCS but has struggled in his past two outings. In addition to surrendering five earned runs in just 4.2 innings in an 11-2 loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLDS, Fried was tagged for six earned runs in the Braves’ 7-2 loss to Houston in Game 2 of the World Series.
Garcia Expected to Get the Call for Houston
While the Astros have not yet formally announced who will take the mound for Game 6, early indicators suggest that right-hander Luis Garcia will get the call. The 24-year-old has made four postseason starts for the Astros, who look to Tuesday’s contest as slim 1.80 home favourites on the Game 6 odds at Betway.
Don’t like Luis Garcia in Game 6.
He pitched on 6 days rest in Game 3 & to cut that in half for a Game 6 is a tall task.
I get you have to win Game 6 to get to a Game 7, but you also have to win both games to win the series. Luis on full rest in Game 7 gives you the best shot.
— Jeremy Branham (@JeremyBranham) November 1, 2021
Garcia was rocked in his first two October outings but has settled down considerably since. In addition to throwing 5.2 innings of one-hit ball in a series-clinching 5-0 win over Boston in Game 6 of the ALCS, the talented 24-year-old also limited Atlanta hitters to just one earned run in 3.2 innings in Game 3 of the World Series but received no help from Astros hitters in a 2-0 loss.
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What to Expect in Game 6
Considering the success they enjoyed in Game 2, the Astros will be aiming to get to Fried early in Tuesday night’s contest. Indeed, Fried will be taking the mound under pressure to provide Atlanta with a strong start after the club was forced to dig deep into their bullpen in the past two games, using 10 total relievers. Overall, the Braves starters have been somewhat of a disappointment so far in the World Series, combining to pitch just 14.2 total innings through the first five games. However, it is unwise to underestimate Fried, who brings a wealth of playoff experience into Game 6, and has also lasted at least 6.0 innings in 14 of his past 16 overall starts, racking up a 7-1 record in those contests.
Greinke has a higher batting average in this WS than Altuve, Correa, Bregman, and Alvarez combined. https://t.co/oJKnSUIyIt
— Jose (@theycallmejosee) November 1, 2021
Returning to the friendly confines of Minute Maid Park should provide a big morale boost to the Astros. The AL champions were among the best home teams in baseball this season, piling up a 51-30 record during the regular season, powered by a 22-11 run after the MLB All-Star Break. However, the Astros could benefit from more consistency from the top of the order. Jose Altuve has scored twice in each of the past two games but has compiled a dismal .159 batting average since Game 2 of the ALCS.
Outfielder Michael Brantley has also struggled at the plate, going just 1-for-11 over the past three games and scoring just one run in the series. Look for Fried’s experience to be the difference maker as the Braves close out the season with a narrow win in a low-scoring contest dominated by a pair of pitching gems.
The Picks: Atlanta Braves (2.05) at Betsafe; UNDER 8.5 (1.95)