The Fall Classic has arrived as the Atlanta Braves, fresh off their NLCS victory over the defending World Series champion L.A. Dodgers, head to Houston for the start of the World Series against the Astros.
Houston is a -145 favorite in the series and is currently listed at -128 on the moneyline for Game 1.
Framber Valdez takes the ball at home for the Astros against veteran Charlie Morton with the first pitch set for Tuesday evening at 8:08 pm ET.
Before you make your wagers ahead of Game 1, our BetSided team put together our top bold betting predictions for the series.
Don't forget, you can turn a $1 bet into $100 at the start of the World Series if anyone records a strikeout during the game at WynnBET.
World Series Best Bets: Braves vs. Dodgers
- Atlanta Braves 4-2 Correct Series Score (+600)
- Freddie Freeman World Series MVP (+1200)
- Ozzie Albies World Series MVP (+2500)
- Austin Riley World Series MVP (+1200)
- Kyle Tucker World Series MVP (+1500)
Atlanta Braves Win Series 4-2 (+600)
Atlanta sports teams are about to finally get the monkey off their back as the Braves are winning the World Series in six games.
WynnBET has the Braves at +130 to defeat the Astros in the World Series, but I think Atlanta faced its toughest test in the NLCS. The Braves’ pitching staff and bats knocked off the defending champion Dodgers, and while the Astros have Framber Valdez, losing Lance McCullers is a massive blow to their pitching staff.
Braves in six. Book it. -- Peter Dewey
Freddie Freeman (+1200) to win World Series MVP
For as much love as reigning NLCS MVP Eddie Rosario, and "Joc-tober" Pederson have received, it's easy to forget about Freddie Freeman's terrific postseason.
Through 10 games, Freeman has hit .294, hit three home runs with an OPS of 1.072, and leads the postseason in walks with 10.
With as much swing-and-miss stuff as the Astros staff offers, Freeman will constantly find himself waiting for the ideal pitch and when he gets it, he'll be able to drive it. According to MLB Statcast data, Freeman leads all World Series hitters in expected weighted on-base average (xwOBA) at .413, a key offensive metric that uses exit velocity, launch angle and Sprint Speed.
In the biggest series, I expect the Braves' most consistent and best hitter to come through when it matters most; creating high leverage, professional at-bats and putting strain on the Astros' overtaxed bullpen.
He might be the co-favorite on the Braves to win, but he's a deserving choice if Atlanta comes through. -- Ben Heisler
Ozzie Albies (+2500) to win World Series MVP
Ozzie Albies has had a somewhat quiet postseason to date, but I think he's going to explode in the World Series and lead the Braves to a victory.
The second baseman recorded the second most RBIs on the Braves this season with 106, only one behind the leader Austin Riley. He also boasts 20 stolen bases and an OPS of .799. If he continues to bat behind Freddie Freeman, he'll have plenty of opportunities to drive in runs with Freeman's stellar on base percentage of .393.
World Series MVPs often go to unlikely heroes, and I think the 24-year old will fill that roll this year. -- Iain MacMillan
Austin Riley (+1200) and Kyle Tucker (+1500) to win World Series MVP
I cheated and took one on each team. I'm not confident in a side heading into the World Series, so I'm going to look to back two young stars that can have their moment on the grandest stage.
Let's start with Riley, who led the Braves torrid second half, hitting .333 with a .599 slugging percentage. He's only hitting .250 in the postseason but does have a walk off hit to his name. The third basemen hits in the heart of the order and I have a feeling he'll have opportunities to make some noise.
The Astros are full of worthy of candidates, so I'll zag and take Tucker, the young star of the team. The left hander has four homers and 15 runs batted in through this postseason and hits in the heart of the order.
I love the explosiveness of Tucker, who can put up some big slashes in the World Series and propel the Astros to another World Series win. -- Reed Wallach