3 Prop Bets for Braves vs. Brewers NLDS Game 2

Austin Riley could homer in NLDS Game 2.
Austin Riley could homer in NLDS Game 2. / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Brewers took Game 1 against the Atlanta Braves, 2-1, as starting pitchers Corbin Burnes and Charlie Morton locked in early for a pitcher’s duel.

The Brewers finally got on the board in the seventh inning with first baseman Rowdy Tellez hitting a two-run shot off Morton, then Milwaukee’s bullpen held down its lead with Josh Hader shutting the door in the ninth.

The Brewers pitching staff is what got them into the playoffs and it has given them the early NLDS lead. Lefty Max Fried will start for the Braves and Brandon Woodruff of the Brewers will be his mound opponent.

Morton struck out nine batters, Burnes struck out six, Joc Pederson and Tellez each hit home runs in NLDS Game 1.

Let’s explore a few prop bets for NLDS Game 2, odds courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook.

Max Fried OVER 4.5 strikeouts (-145)

From Sept. 1st through the end of the season, Milwaukee’s lineup recorded a 23.3% strikeout rate and posted a .228 batting average, which was 28th in the Major Leagues in the final month of the season above only the Los Angeles Angels and Miami Marlins.

Fried has gone at least six innings pitched in his last 12 starts, which dates back to July 28th. The best way to collect strikeouts is by staying deeper into games and Fried doesn’t have a problem with that.

A pitcher that goes deep into games against a struggling offense is a recipe for success.

Dansby Swanson to Get a Hit (-130)

Swanson picked up a hit in Game 1, and even though he has a tough matchup tonight against Woodruff, Swanson managed to go 2-for-3 against him in the regular season and one of his two hits was a home run.

Swanson is batting 6-for-18 (.333) over his last seven games, so I’ll stick with a bat that is possibly trending up in Game 2.

Austin Riley to Hit a Home Run (+345)

Atlanta’s offense scuffled last night, but I think it bounces back in Game 2, and I like Austin Riley’s chances of bringing some offense.

While most right-handed batters destroy lefties, Riley is the opposite. Riley batted just .274 with three home runs and 18 RBI against lefties in 2021, but batted .312 with 30 home runs and 89 RBI against righties. That’s quite a difference in his splits.

Woodruff certainly has the ability to suppress the long ball as evidenced by his ground ball to flyball ratio, but gave up a career-high eighteen home runs this season and has been more of a flyball pitcher in his previous postseason outings.

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