The Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros are set to kick off the 2021 World Series with Tuesday night’s opener in Houston. The Astros, with their better regular season record, have home court advantage in the game and will host Games 1 and 2 (and potentially Games 6 and 7) at Minute Maid Park. The Game 1 kickoff game sees veteran Atlanta right-hander Charlie Morton take on Houston left-hander Framber Valdez.
The Braves, appearing in their first World Series since 1999, reached that point after sending the Milwaukee Brewers into the National League Division Series and then the defending Los Angeles Dodgers in the Championship Series. NL. The Astros won their third pennant in five years by knocking down a pair of Sox: the Chicago White Sox in the ALDS and the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS.
With that clearing of the throat, let’s move on to the important stuff – like how you can watch Tuesday night’s game.
How to watch
Dated: Tuesday October 26 | Time: 8:09 p.m. ET
Site: Minute Maid Park (Houston)
TV: FOX | Direct: fuboTV (try for free)
Chances: ATL +120; HOU -130; O / U: 8 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Starting pitchers: Charlie Morton (ATL) vs. Framber Valdez (HOU)
Morton is in his third career World Series, after competing in the Fall Classics with the Astros (win 2017) and Rays (lose 2020). During the regular season, he started 33 times and racked up a 3.34 ERA (132 ERA +) and strikeout-to-goals ratio of 3.72.
Valdez had the lowest average launch angle against any starters this season. In other words, he’s very good at generating balls on the ground. This skill has helped him post a 3.14 ERA (137+ ERA) and a strike-to-stride ratio of 2.16 in 22 regular season starts. Valdez was the only Astros member to record at least 21 strikeouts during the ALCS, so the pressure is on him to set the right tone for the World Series.
There’s an old saying that it’s not a series until the road team wins a game. For maximum entertainment value, why not make this a series from the start?
To take: Braves 5, Astros 4
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