The Atlanta Braves are one win away from their first World Series championship since 1995. On Saturday, the Braves returned to beat the Houston Astros in Game 4 and enter Game 5 on Sunday night with a lead of. 3-1 in the best of seven series. They’ll be looking to clinch the title at Truist Park and party like it’s 1995. A win in Game 5 would make the Braves the first team to celebrate a World Series championship at their home stadium since the Reds. Boston Sox in 2013.
The Astros, meanwhile, will look to stay alive and return the series to Minute Maid Park in Houston for Game 6 on Tuesday. Here’s how to watch Sunday night’s game.
How to watch
Dated: Sunday October 31 | Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Site: Truist Park (Atlanta, Georgia)
TV: Fox | Direct: fuboTV (try for free)
Chances: HOU -125; ATL +115; O / U: 8.5 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Departure pitchers: LHP Framber Valdez (11-6, 3.14 ERA) vs. LHP Tucker Davidson (0-0, 3.60 ERA)
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To get the World Series back to Houston, the Astros will need a better exit from Valdez, who allowed five runs in two innings in Game 1 earlier in the series. Valdez admitted he was a little excited for this game, his first career World Series appearance, so maybe those nervousness are gone. Either way, expect a quick hook with the club’s season on the line.
The Braves give the ball to Davidson, who replaced Charlie Morton on the roster after Morton broke his leg in Game 1. Davidson made four MLB starts and four AAA starts this season before injuring his elbow in June. He returned in time to make a three-inning AAA rehab debut on Oct. 3, so while he could give the club more than one inning, he’s not fully stretched out either. Left-hander Drew Smyly is available to chew multiple sleeves in relief behind Davidson.
As weak as the offense has seemed most of the World Series, I’m not counting the Astros just yet. Valdez will be better than he was in Game 1, Yordan Alvarez will be the offensive hero, and the Astros will force Game 6 in Houston on Tuesday.
To take: Astros 6, Braves 4
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