Urquidy has a 3.62 ERA this season, but has not faced the Braves this season. Fried carries a 3.04 ERA. It’s somewhat surprising for Houston to roll with Urquidy ahead of Zack Greinke, though the thought might be to save the ace for a pivotal road contest later in the series.
The Astros are favored to win the World Series according to DraftKings Sportsbook at -150. Game 1 is Tuesday night in Houston, with Framber Valdez starting for the home team while Charlie Morton takes the mound for the visitors. Houston is the 1.5-run line favorite at +145 and moneyline favorite at -140. That makes Atlanta a 1.5-run line underdog at -165 and a moneyline underdog at +120.