Astros vs. Braves Player Props, Odds: World Series Game 5 Betting Preview (October 31)

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  • Rookie Tucker Davidson will take the mound for the Braves as they look to close out the World Series against Houston.
  • Davidson's strikeout prop has been set at 3.5 as he makes his first start since June in the biggest game of the season.
  • Continue reading for why Davidson's strikeout total is worth targeting in Game 5 of the World Series tonight.

Astros vs. Braves Game 5 Odds

Astros Odds -121
Braves Odds +103
Over/Under 8.5
Time 8:15 p.m. ET
TV FOX
Odds via DraftKings. Get up-to-the-minute MLB odds here.

For the second-straight night, Atlanta is expected to send a rookie to the mound. In the World Series, no less.

But things have been working for the 88-win Atlanta Braves, who are now 27 outs away from a championship. They’ll hope Tucker Davidson can notch at least a few of those all-important outs.

However, while he has potential, I don’t believe he’ll get to four strikeouts tonight.

It’s worth noting that, as of this writing, the Baves have yet to announce Davidson as the starting pitcher, so keep an eye on the lineups as they are announced for the official announcement.

MLB Player Props & Picks

Tucker Davidson Under 3.5 Strikeouts (-160)

Braves vs. Astros Braves (-105)
Time 8:15 p.m. ET
Best Line DraftKings

This is a rather contrarian play. But if you give me a rookie up against the most disciplined lineup in baseball and I’ll fade him every single time.

Davidson is a very intriguing young pitcher. The 25-year-old was Atlanta’s 19th-round pick in 2016 but has since become one of their top 10 prospects. He’s 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, and has a wicked north-to-south slider.

Tucker Davidson, Dirty 89mph Slider…and K Jump. 🦘😨 pic.twitter.com/QI8wn3YezA

— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 10, 2021

He’s started to come into his own this year, too, posting a 1.17 ERA and a 2.74 xFIP while striking out almost 11 batters per nine in four Triple-A starts.

Plus, he made some decent MLB starts this season as well. Outside of a 2 2/3 innings, five-run explosion from Boston, Davidson pitched 17 2/3 innings of three-run baseball against the Mets, Nationals and Phillies.

But those were the Mets, Nationals and Phillies, and he hasn’t faced an MLB lineup since June 18. The Astros’ bat-to-ball skills are unlike anything this kid has ever faced, and while I hope he pitches well, notching four strikeouts is a very tough task.

Plus, he’ll have a quick hook in this potential clincher for Atlanta. Our Action Labs Player props tool projects value on the under in this spot, and I’ll happily make that play.

Action Labs Grade: 10/10

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