MLB playoffs Friday three-team mega parlay (+1214 odds): Braves pull Game 1 upset

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The 2021 MLB playoffs are officially in full swing. The regular season really went by in the blink of an eye, but the playoffs have been thrilling so far. Why not celebrate the postseason by going for a big payday? That’s right; we’re back with another MLB mega parlay, this time a 3-teamer with a payout north of 12/1. We’re counting on the Braves to pull an upset in Game 1 of their NLDS series.

I’ve had a ton of success with these this season, and if you had blindly bet every MLB mega parlay we’ve done this year, you would be up significantly. We’re going big and bold, so let’s not waste any more time. But before we dive in, don’t forget to check out our picks for the side and total on every MLB game, with our team of experts in red-hot form.

Houston Astros -1.5 (+160)

Atlanta Braves ML (+135)

Boston Red Sox ML (+115)

Parlay odds: +1214

Let’s break down each of the legs one by one.

Houston Astros -1.5 (+160) over Chicago White Sox

To start this MLB playoffs mega parlay off, we’ve got the Astros. Houston looked good in their postseason opener, beating Chicago 6-1, and they should be able to follow up on it here. The Astros finished the season mashing, and they’ve had arguably the best offense in the league all season. This team has a chip on its shoulder, and they’re determined to stick it to their many critics after the cheating scandal.

The White Sox finished the season playing an extremely soft schedule, which left them unprepared for this step up in competition. Houston starter Framber Valdez was great this season with a 3.14 ERA, and he’s thrived in these big moments before. In 24 playoff innings last season, Valdez had a 1.88 ERA. The Astros will go up 2-0 with another big win.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Chicago White Sox vs Houston Astros

Atlanta Braves ML (+135) over Milwaukee Brewers

I’m high on this Braves team, and I like them to win the series. People easily forgot that this was a team that was one win away from the World Series last year. They closed the season playing their best ball, dominating down the stretch to put away the Phillies in the NL East. I’ve always felt this Brewers team was a bit fraudulent, and they had the worst run differential of any division winner.

A team that had the 20th-best OPS isn’t cut out for a deep playoff run. Milwaukee went just 4-10 in their final 14 games, and will start Corbin Burnes here. Burnes’ one start against the Braves was one of his worst of the year, as he gave up five earned runs in only four innings. Atlanta starter Charlie Morton had a resurgent season. In August his ERA was 2.83, and in September it was 2.81.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Atlanta Braves vs Milwaukee Brewers

Boston Red Sox ML (+115) over Tampa Bay Rays

To wrap this mega parlay up and hopefully bring us home, we’ve got Boston. The Red Sox disappointed in Game 1 on Thursday, but after their emotional wild card win over the Yankees, a letdown was to be expected. I’m expecting a bounce back on Friday. Boston will start Chris Sale here, and the veteran lefty looked great in his return from injury in 2021. He had a 3.16 ERA in nine starts, and the Red Sox went 7-2 in his outings.

On the flip side, the Rays will start rookie Shane Baz. Baz is obviously talented, but he’s a 22-year-old with all of 13 and 1/3 innings of big league experience under his belt. Needless to say this is a big stage for the first-year pro, and I think he’ll wilt under the pressure.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays

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