Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros – World Series, Tuesday, November 2, 2021
The Astros are on the brink of elimination in this game, but that didn’t stop them on Sunday. They defeated the Braves 9-5 and made an incredible comeback from Adam Duvall’s first inning grand slam.
The Braves will be sending out Max Fried to the mound in hopes of securing their first World Series victory since 1995. In order to prevent that, the Astros are sending out rookie Luis Garcia to the mound.
Will we get an unsatisfying Game 6 victory or will we get to experience another always entertaining World Series Game 7?
Find out my pick for the game below with odds courtesy of Bovada.
Odds for World Series Game 6
Both of these teams proved to be capable of beating the other, with the Astros trying to close in on the series lead. The Over/Under has been set at a high 8.5, which has been reached in 2 of the 5 games so far.
Let’s get into why each of these teams could win Game 6 of this year’s World Series.
Atlanta Braves (+107)
The Braves could have ended it on Sunday with their grand slam in the first inning, but unfortunately for them they let the Astros march all the way back. Was that a look into their future in regards to the series as well? Their 3-1 could be erased right before their eyes in Game 6 and switch the momentum to the Astros.
Max Fried did not have a good outing in his first game in the World Series, but he was a solid pitcher this season and could bounce back in this one.
This might be the game where they get to Garcia before having to face the tough bullpen. Garcia is way better against righties (.182) than he is against lefties (.279), meaning the Braves lefties need to capitalize. That means their lineup will feature Eddie Rosario, Freddie Freeman, and Ozzie Albies at the top of the lineup and will play a crucial role in this one.
Houston Astros (-128)
If you don’t know who to cheer for in this one, I would recommend going for the Astros. As I stated earlier, Game 7’s are always iconic in sports, especially when there was a 3-1 series lead at one point. If the Astros win Game 6, they can have all momentum heading into Game 7 and potentially win.
They were able to get to Max Fried in Game 2 and you typically get better the more you face a certain pitcher. Fried gave up 7 hits in 5 innings while adding a walk as well. He could be in line for another bad outing.
With the Astros being do or die in this one, they can’t save anyone for Game 7. They have to pitch their best pitchers from here on out. That means Garcia can be pulled very early if he struggles even slightly. Any pitcher can make an appearance in this game for the Astros, giving them more options at this point in the series. There will be no worry for injury or performance risk because they have to pitch with what they got.
My Prediction for the World Series Game 6
I’m taking the more desperate team here in this one. The Astros are at home and finished at the top of the league in wRC+ (119) when playing at Minute Maid Park. They were also the best in the league against lefties with a wRC+ of 117. Max Fried got lit up for 6 runs in Game 2 and the Astros can very well get to him again in this one.
I can see this one being high scoring, but I prefer the Astros moneyline compared to the Over in this one. Garcia can just be a placeholder for a starter, while the Astros are likely to be willing to pitch anyone in this one. The Braves could opt to save important pitchers for Game 7 instead.
Astros to Win-128