The Atlanta Braves won Game 1, but suffered a huge loss in the process. Charlie Morton was hit in the leg by a comebacker and x-rays revealed a fractured fibula that will end his season. Certainly the Braves will take the win and the 1-0 series lead, but Morton’s premature exit put the bullpen into a bit of a tight spot.
The onus is on Max Fried to keep the Houston Astros at bay in Game 2 on Wednesday night. An early exit for the ineffective Framber Valdez did level the playing field for the Braves, as Yimi Garcia and Jake Odorizzi were required to pitch 3.1 innings early in the game. It will be up to Jose Urquidy to give Houston some length and to help avoid falling into a 2-0 hole.
Game 2: Atlanta Braves at Houston Astros (-115, 8.5)
For Houston to even up the series, it will take something that the Astros did very well during the regular season and that is hitting a left-handed pitcher. The Astros were second in batting average, first in wRC +, had the lowest strikeout percentage and tied for second in on-base percentage.