Astros vs Braves O / U, prediction: low scoring start

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The Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves have both made plenty of runs on their way to the World Series, and both teams are trying to close out another by sending pitchers to the mound on Tuesday night with a record of success.

The Astros have scored at least five in 12 of their 13 games this month, but the Braves starter Charlie Morton is familiar with the team since he was Houston’s winning pitcher in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series.

Morton has committed just six home runs in 99 2/2 innings on the road between the regular season and the postseason with a 3.17 ERA compared to a 3.67 ERA and 1.2 home runs per nine innings allowed in Atlanta.

The Astros hand the ball to Frumber Valdez. He had the only start of an eight-inning season this postseason when he allowed a run in the team’s victory over the Boston Red Sox in Game 5 of the ALCS. Valdez enters after pitching in seven career games with a 2.77 ERA and has allowed two earned runs or fewer in six of those appearances.

Between the NLCS and the ALCS, nine out of 12 games exceeded the total. But two experienced pitchers who can provide the length will produce a low-scoring opening game of the World Series.

Drama: Braves-Astros total, under 8.5.

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