Baseball Preview: Astros vs Braves Series Betting
Braves Fresh off Series Win Over Mets, Looming at 3.5 Out of NL East
Astros vs Braves Series Betting: If bettors jumped on either team’s MLB odds to win World Series before season everyone is still feeling pretty good about cashing a ticket in October. The Astros have been gliding along in the American League West, leading by nine games or more every day since June 15th. The Braves have been chasing the Mets all season but are securely in a wild card spot (+7.5 games) after winning nine of their last 10. This is shaping up to be a pro vs Joe betting matchup.
- Matchup: Houston Astros (77-43) at Atlanta Braves (73-47)
- Location: Truist Park, Cumberland, Georgia
- Television: ATTH, BSSE
Astros Domination Ticket Window for Bettors
This Astros vs Braves series betting must start out by pointing out how dominant the Astros have been for bettors this season despite elevated money lines. Only four other teams have been kinder to players this season, providing 651 units of profit overall. Since May 1st, the Astros are 66-33 (67%) +727 units (7.3% ROI).
Houston has overtaken the New York Yankees in the American League overall standings by 3.5 games. The Astros (3-1) are now the second choice to win the World Series at various sportsbooks behind the Dodgers (+275). The AL West leaders made the rest of the league take notice when they pounded out 21 runs to earn a four-game split against the Chicago White Sox. Houston pushed out 25 hits to match a franchise high.
Braves to Start Run Against Playoff Teams
After winning three of four against the New York Mets this week, Atlanta is within shouting distance of the Mets once again in the MLB standings as of today. The Braves are now sitting at 7-1 to win the World Series, with only the Dodgers and Mets with better odds.
Their ability to catch the Mets may be decided in the next nine days when the Braves conclude a 13-game stretch where they played 10 playoff teams. They’re 3-1 to start a stretch that will see the Braves play Astros and St. Louis Cardinals, with a light series against the Pittsburgh Pirates in between. Kyle Wright, who is battling arm fatigue, is getting the ball after missing a start. Wright has not made an appearance in nine days.
The Astros will send Lance McCullers Jr to the mound, making just his second start after coming off the 60-DL. Make sure to handicap the bullpens with two starters who will not be allowed to run up their pitch count.
Public Money on Houston and Over
To conclude our Astros vs Braves series betting preview, it’s clear that the public money is on Atlanta and the over, but sharp money is dictating Moneyline movement as the line went from its opening number of -134 to -125.
This is a classic spot where the Astros are fresh off an offensive explosion and the Braves put up 28 runs in four games against the Mets. Then the books put up an enticing number of eight and the public jumps on it.
Thankfully, professional money has suppressed the high percentage of over wagers, pushing the opening number down from 8.5 in some spots. Instead of getting involved in the side with two pitchers who have some questions, let’s end our Braves, and Astros preview by recommending under the total in this one.Follow us on Twitter