- The Houston Astros cut the Atlanta Braves’ World Series lead to 3-2 after their dramatic 9-5 comeback victory in Game 5 in Atlanta.
- The World Series heads to Houston, where the Astros look to become the first team since the 2013 Red Sox to clinch a World Series victory at home.
- The Braves are -210 betting favorites to win the 2021 World Series.
ATLANTA - While the Houston Astros were able to put together their best performance of the World Series, they still face a difficult deficit to overcome.
In fact, online sportsbooks have the Atlanta Braves listed as (-210) favorites to win the series, with the Astros listed at (+170).
With the next two games being played in Houston, the Astros will have a bit of an advantage - they will have perhaps no bigger advantage than in Game 6, when they will take on Atlanta starter Max Fried at home.
The Astros have feasted against left-handers like Fried this postseason, hitting .304 against lefties compared to just .236 against righties.
Another advantage the Astros have in Game 6 is that they have been much better at home than on the road in this postseason, winning 5 of their 7 home games to this point. Houston’s OPS is 90 points higher at home than on the road (.793 at home and .703 away).
Interestingly, however, no MLB team has clinched a World Series victory at home since the Boston Red Sox did it in 2013.
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As a result, the Astros have (-122) moneyline odds at MLB betting sites to keep the momentum rolling in Game 6.
If the Astros win Game 6, expect their Series odds to change dramatically, with the Astros potentially flipping to home favorites in Game 7; therefore, bettors who believe in the Astros should jump on their Series odds now, before they improve.
Momentum On The Astros Side
In a win-or-go-home Game 5, the Houston Astros kept their World Series hopes alive with a dramatic 9-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves Sunday, cutting the Braves’ series lead to 3-2.
After sprinting out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning, the Braves were held to just 1 run for the rest of the game on the back of a solid performance from the Astros’ bullpen. Houston starter Framber Valdez failed to make it out of the third inning, logging 2.2 IP and surrendering 5 earned runs on 5 hits and 2 walks; however, the bullpen picked up the slack, throwing 6.1 innings of shutout baseball.
The Astros’ bats also finally came alive in Game 5, scoring 9 runs on the night after tallying an average of 2 runs per game in the series. The Astros were led offensively by shortstop Carlos Correa (3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R) and Yuli Gurriel (3-5, 2 RBI, 2 BB), though they received production from a variety of players, with 8 separate Astros recording hits.
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