- Both teams won their respected LCS series in six games
- Both teams won their respected LDS series in four games
- Both teams should be well rested and ready to go
Baseball fans, we have finally made it, the 2021 World Series is upon us. In this year’s Fall Classic, we have the Atlanta Braves representing the National League and the Houston Astros representing the American League. Houston has had a streak where they have made the Fall Classic in every odd year dating back to 2017, while the Braves haven’t been to a World Series since 1999, when they were defeated by the New York Yankees, at the tail end of their dynasty. According to Caesars Sportsbook, the opening odds are the Astros at -145 and the Braves at +125 to win the World Series. Odds might be one thing, but you have to play the games, just ask the Dodgers.
Atlanta Braves vs Houston Astros Schedule
- Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
- When: Tuesday, October 26, 8:09 PM EST
- How to Watch: FOX
Braves vs Astros Vegas Odds
World Series History
Since 2000, the National League has a slight advantage, winning eleven of the past twenty-one World Series’. Let’s take a look at the past 21 years, and the winners of each year of the Fall Classic.
|2000||New York Yankees||New York Mets||4-1|
|2001||Arizona Diamondbacks||New York Yankees||4-3|
|2002||Anaheim Angels||San Francisco Giants||4-3|
|2003||Florida Marlins||New York Yankees||4-2|
|2004||Boston Red Sox||St. Louis Cardinals||4-0|
|2005||Chicago White Sox||Houston Astros||4-0|
|2006||St. Louis Cardinals||Detroit Tigers||4-1|
|2007||Boston Red Sox||Colorado Rockies||4-0|
|2008||Philadelphia Phillies||Tampa Bay Rays||4-1|
|2009||New York Yankees||Philadelphia Phillies||4-2|
|2010||San Francisco Giants||Texas Rangers||4-1|
|2011||St. Louis Cardinals||Texas Rangers||4-3|
|2012||San Fransisco Giants||Detroit Tigers||4-0|
|2013||Boston Red Sox||St. Louis Cardinals||4-2|
|2014||San Francisco Giants||Kansas City Royals||4-3|
|2015||Kansas City Royals||New York Mets||4-1|
|2016||Chicago Cubs||Cleveland Indians||4-3|
|2017||Houston Astros||Los Angeles Dodgers||4-3|
|2018||Boston Red Sox||Los Angeles Dodgers||4-1|
|2019||Washington Nationals||Houston Astros||4-3|
|2020||Los Angeles Dodgers||Tampa Bay Rays||4-2|
Party Like It’s 1999
At the start of the regular season, or even the start of the postseason no one would have predicted that the Braves would be representing the National League in this year’s Fall Classic, even in August, when they were hardly a .500 team, but here we are, this is the exact reason why we play the games and don’t just look at the statistics. The Atlanta Braves made the postseason by winning the National League East division by 6.5 games over the Philadelphia Phillies. In the first round of the playoffs, the National League Division Series, the Braves defeated the Milwaukee Brewers three games to one. In the second round of the playoffs, the National League Championship Series, the Braves defeated the defending champions, the Los Angeles Dodgers, four games to two.
In-game one of the World Series, the Braves look to their right-handed veteran, Charlie Morton. Morton, who has pitched in three games this postseason, has a record of 0-1 with a 3.77 ERA over 14.1 innings pitched, while striking out 19 opposing batters. Morton last pitched on October 19 against the Dodgers. In that game Morton lasted five innings, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out five and walking six.
Look Who’s Back
The Houston Astros, despite all the scandals surrounding the team with their sign steal allegations, are back in the Fall Classic for the first time in two years. The Astros dominated the American League West Division this season, winning the division by five games. In the first round of the postseason, the American League Division Series, the Astros defeated the Chicago White Sox, three games to one. In the second round of the postseason, the American League Championship Series, the Astros defeated the Boston Red Sox, four games to two. Now, the Astros have to face the Braves in the World Series.
In the first game of the World Series, the Astros are sending their 27-year-old left-hander, Framber Valdez to the mound. Like Morton, Valdez has also pitched in three games so far this postseason, posting a 1-0 record with a 4.20 ERA over 15 innings pitched. In those 15 innings, Valdez has struck out 13 opposing batters. Valdez last pitched on October 20 against the Red Sox. In that game, Valdez pitched eight innings allowing one run on three hits while striking out five and walking one.
MLB Expert Game Picks
The Atlanta Braves haven’t been to the World Series since 1999, meaning most of their players weren’t even in the Major Leagues yet. The atmosphere could be very overwhelming for the team to start off the series. The Astros have been to the World Series every other year, since 2017, so their players are used to the big stage. Look for the Astros to take game one of the 2021 World Series, with Valdez building off of his strong start in Boston last time out.
Astros 5 – Braves 3
- Astros Win
- Astros -1.5
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