Dave Carney 10/8/2021
What’s on the table today?: Brewers v Braves Game 1 betting preview
The long wait is over…the Brewers are finally back on the field to open up their NLDS versus the Braves.
Old baseball fans will happily point out that the Atlanta Braves are returning home for the first two games of their National League Divisional Series against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Braves played in Milwaukee from 1953 to 1965, winning the 1957 World Series. That’s something the Brewers have yet to accomplish since they came to Milwaukee in 1970.
Corbin Burnes, who very well may win the NL Cy Young award, and who became the first Brewer pitcher to be the top ERA man in the league will get the start against the Braves’ Charlie Morton.
Neither team is likely to have more than a handful of runners cross the plate. Milwaukee has the worst offense of any team that made the postseason, while Atlanta has not been the same without Ronald Acuna, Jr. Acuna had a .990 OPS before his season was ended early with an injury.
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH
ATL: Freddie Freeman – 1B (.300 avg, 31 HRs, 83 RBIs)
ATL: Austin Riley – 3B (.303 avg, 33 HRs, 107 RBIs)
MIL: Christian Yelich – LF (.248 avg, 9 HRs, 51 RBIs)
MIL: Avisail Garcia – CF (.262 avg, 29 HRs, 86 RBIs)
SCORE PREDICTION: BREWERS 3, BRAVES 1
BEST BET: UNDER
Braves +1.5 -170
Brewers -1.5 +150
Over 7 -120
Under 7 +100
**For more info on TOTAL plays, OVER/UNDER, and PLUS/MINUS plays, TEASER cards and more, check back through some previous columns for detailed information**