Atlanta Braves (95-75) vs. Houston Astros (102-70)
October 27, 2021 8:09 pm EDT
The Line: Houston Astros -110 / Atlanta Braves +100 ; Over/Under: 8.5
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The Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros meet Wednesday in MLB World Series Game 2 action from Minute Maid Park. In the first matchup of this best-of-seven series on Tuesday, Atlanta caught fire in the early innings and cruised to the victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Atlanta managed to dispatch the Dodgers in the NLCS, breaking through with a Game 6 win on Saturday 4-2. In Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, the Braves scored five runs in the first three innings and hung on for a 6-2 victory. Starter Charlie Morton came out after 2.1 clean innings with one hit, two walks and three Ks.
For the Game 2 start, the Braves will send out Max Fried. So far across three starts this postseason, Fried is 1-1 with a 3.78 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 16.2 innings of work.
Over on the Astros’ side, they similarly went six games in the ALCS versus the Red Sox. Houston won 5-0 last Friday to move on. In the Tuesday opener, Houston had eight team hits but couldn’t climb out of the hole. Framber Valdez had a rough start on 2.0 innings, eight hits, one walk and five earned runs.
Starting pitcher for the Astros in Game 2 will be Jose Urquidy. In his last start this postseason Urquidy took a loss, giving up six runs (five earned) on five hits and two walks at Fenway.
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The Braves are 5-0 in their last five in game two of a series and 4-1 in their last five interleague road games. Atlanta is 7-2 in their last nine playoff games and 14-3 in their last 17 versus a team with a winning record.
Meanwhile, the Astros are 9-3 in their last 12 overall and 7-1 in their last eight as a favorite. Houston is 5-1 in their last six interleague home games and 10-4 in their last 14 playoff games.
PICK: I’m going to try the Braves here. I do like Urquidy to bounce back and pitch better in this start, however. In his postseason career, Urquidy carries a 1-2 record with a 4.28 ERA and 25 Ks in 27.1 innings. If he can hang in there for five innings or so it’ll really give the Astros a boost.
That said, Fried has a 3.86 ERA in his playoffs career (15 games; seven starts), notching 47 Ks in 46.2 frames. Fried had a pretty ugly outing himself during his last time up, with five earned on eight hits, two walks and two homers in 4.2 innings versus the Dodgers. I like both starters to eventually settle in and provide good outings in Game 2, so it should be a close, fun game to watch.