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World Series Odds: Atlanta Braves Jump Out as Slim Favorites After Crucial Game 1 Win

Adam Taylor McKillop
The latest 2021 MLB World Series odds show the Atlanta Braves as slim favorites over the Houston Astros following a crucial Game 1 victory.
The latest 2021 MLB World Series odds show the Atlanta Braves as slim favorites over the Houston Astros following a crucial Game 1 victory. / Patrick Smith/GettyImages
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Every game of the MLB World Series is crucial, but there may be nothing more vital than capturing a 1-0 series lead. The Atlanta Braves did exactly that, jumping out to a 6-2 Game 1 victory over the Houston Astros. Teams that take a 1-0 lead in any best-of-seven postseason series go on to win the series at a clip of 64% or 118 of 184 times.

Atlanta's odds to win the World Series have skyrocketed and they now take control as the favorites ahead of Game 2 on Wednesday night.

World Series Odds

The Braves hold favorable -165 odds on FanDuel Sportsbook, compared to the Astros' +150 odds. Houston was slightly favored ahead of Game 1, holding -150 odds to hoist the championship trophy before these odds flipped.

It was Charlie Morton's heroics that will be most remembered from Atlanta's convincing Game 1 victory. The ace pitcher mustered 2.1 innings of work, the last part of it pitching on a broken leg and retiring four consecutive batters.

The bullpen and the offense did the rest of the damage after Atlanta got out to a 5-0 lead before Houston scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the 4th. Braves' leadoff hitter Jorge Soler got the party started with a historic first-inning long ball. He became the first player to hit a leadoff home run in the first plate appearance of any of the 117 all-time World Series.

Atlanta and the Astros clash again for Game 2 on Wednesday night, a game that the Astros are slight moneyline favorites (-116) on FanDuel Sportsbook.


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