World Series Live

World Series Live: The Atlanta Braves will look to keep control of the 2021 World Series on Friday against the Houston Astros when it shifts to Atlanta for Game 3. The Braves (88-73) have been red hot as they surprised both the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Division Series and the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS. Atlanta is making its fourth postseason appearance in a row and first World Series appearance since 1999, when the Braves lost 4-0 to the New York Yankees. The Astros (95-67), who are making their fifth consecutive playoff appearance, is competing in its third World Series in that span. Houston won its only World Series in 2017, when it defeated the Dodgers 4-3.

Game 3 is slated to begin at 8:09 p.m. ET from Truist Park in Atlanta. The Braves and Astros continue to hit the ball well. Houston has a .276 postseason team batting average, second-best in MLB, while Atlanta is fourth at .252. Atlanta is a -111 favorite (risk $111 to win $100) on the money line in the latest Braves vs. Astros odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total runs scored is 8.5. Before making any Astros vs. Braves picks, make sure you check out the latest MLB predictions and betting advice from the red-hot SportsLine Projection Model.

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Atlanta is expected to start right-hander Ian Anderson (9-5, 3.58 ERA) and he’ll be backed by a powerful lineup. First baseman Freddie Freeman has been one of Atlanta’s most consistent hitters this postseason and has come up clutch more than once. He is the Braves’ second-leading hitter in the 2021 MLB playoffs, batting .293 with two doubles, three home runs and eight RBIs. He has also drawn 11 walks in 12 games. He was 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in the Game 1 win over Houston, and had homered to propel the Braves past the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 in the decisive Game 4 NLDS matchup. He also homered and drove in two runs in Atlanta’s 9-2 NLCS Game 4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Outfielder Jorge Soler, who was the designated hitter in Games 1 and 2, was instrumental in getting the Braves off to a fast start to the World Series opener, hitting a lead-off home run and finishing 2-for-5 with two RBIs. In Game 2, he went 1-for-4. In seven postseason games this year, Soler has two doubles, one home run and two RBIs. Since being acquired from the Kansas City Royals, Soler has played well. In 55 regular-season games with Atlanta, he batted .269 with 14 homers and 33 RBIs.

Houston is expected to send right-hander Luis Garcia (11-8, 3.30 ERA) to the hill. He was outstanding in the decisive Game 6 win over the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS. In the Astros’ 5-0 win, Garcia did not allow a run on one hit in 5 2/3 innings, walking one and striking out seven as he picked up the win. He won his last four regular-season decisions, and had a no-decision in a 7-6 win over the Oakland Athletics on Oct. 3. In that game, he went six innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out three.

Second baseman Jose Altuve is coming off a monster World Series Game 2 effort, going 2-for-5 with a home run, RBI and two runs scored. He was a big part of the Astros’ success during the regular season. In 146 games played, Altuve batted .278 with 31 home runs, 83 RBIs and 117 runs scored. He has hit the Braves well throughout his career. In 13 regular-season games, he is batting .340 with two doubles, one home run, seven RBI, and six stolen bases.

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