The Atlanta Braves, ahead of the Houston Astros 3-2 in this best-of-seven series, are one victory away from their first World Series championship since 1995. On Sunday, the Astros scored nine points on the board and forced a match. six despite allowing a grand slam in the first round in a comeback victory. The victory forced a Game 6 return to Houston on Tuesday night. The Braves will have another shot at the title, while the Astros will look to force that decisive seventh game with a win.
Now let’s move on to the basics of Game 6.
How to watch
Dated: Tuesday November 1 | Time: 8:09 p.m. ET
Site: Minute Maid Park (Houston, Texas)
TV: Fox | Direct: fuboTV (try for free)
Chances: HOU -121; ATL +110; O / U: 9.0 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Departure pitchers: LHP Max Fried (14-7, 3.04) vs. RHP Luis Garcia (11-8, 3.30)
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The big story going on is that the Astros will start Garcia with just three days off. When he started in Game 3, he allowed a run in 3 2/3 innings (72 throws) but struggled with his command and control. Garcia, however, maintained most of the speed gains he showed in his last ALCS start after making a few mechanical adjustments. Garcia has only made one short-rest start in his career. It was late April of this year against the Mariners. He pitched well on that outing, but had just made a brief cameo appearance instead of a start in which he threw 72 shots. Jose Urquidy had been lined up to start Game 6 for Houston, but manager Dusty Baker made the switch after Urquidy worked a scoreless inning of relief in Game 5.
As for Fried, he’s made four playoff starts, and in that 21 2/3 innings he has a 5.40 ERA with 23 strikeouts on three walks. On his last start, Houston handcuffed him in Game 2 for six runs in five innings.
It is assumed here that Garcia is struggling to rest and that the Braves quickly take the lead. Fried finds his level and gives length to the Braves. The Braves end it in six.
To take: Braves 4, Astros 2
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