8:09 p.m. ET: Houston Astros (103-71) at Atlanta Braves (96-77)
Odds: Astros +105 / Braves -110
Total: 8.5 -105 / -115
The Braves’ Ian Anderson hasn’t allowed more than 2 earned runs in 7 starts in his postseason career. He has a 1.47 ERA in 30.2 IP. Houston’s Luis Garcia is coming off his best postseason outing, but that was also his only good postseason outing in 4 starts. Garcia was hit hard in his only road postseason start against the White Sox. Yordan Alvarez should be in the OF instead of DH and of course, he will add offense, but that means the Astros will also be giving up the defense. The Braves’ top relievers have had 2 days off after working hard in Game 1 with the Morton early exit. The Astros are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Atlanta. The Astros are 1-4 in their last 5 interleague games as an underdog. The Braves are 5-0 in their last five home playoff games. The Braves have the pitching advantage, the bullpen advantage, and the home-field advantage with a rowdy home crowd that hasn’t seen a playoff game in some time. Take the Braves to get the win and the Under considering there should be a good amount of relief available if needed on both sides.
The Bookie: Braves -110 / Under 8.5 -115
Fade the Public: Astros / Over
Sharp Action: Braves / Under