The MLB World Series moves to Philadelphia, where the next three games will be played, and Game 3 is scheduled for Monday, October 31, so make sure you read the best Astros vs. Phillies betting pick and odds.
Houston and Philadelphia will play the third of a seven-game World Series at Citizens Bank Park. The Astros are -130 moneyline favorites on BetOnline Sportsbook, while the total is set at 8 runs. These inter-league rivals have met three times in the regular season, and Houston won two of those games. The current World Series is tied at 1-1.
Astros responded in Game 2
The Houston Astros bounced back from their first loss of the postseason with a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 2 of the World Series at home. The hosts knew that it will be very hard to get back into the series with a 2-0 deficit so they entered Game 2 quite aggressively and took a 3-0 lead in the opening inning. By the end of the 6th inning, the Astros had a 5-0 lead, and this time around, they didn’t blow it.
Alex Bregman blasted a two-run homer, while Jeremy Pena and Yordan Alvarez chipped in with an RBI apiece in this victory. Framber Valdez was excellent in his start and surrendered just a run on four hits with nine strikeouts and three walks. That was Valdez’s second win of the postseason in the third start.
Lance McCullers Jr. (4-2, 0-0 in the playoffs) is getting his third start of the postseason when he takes on the Phillies in Game 3 of the World Series on Monday. The 29-year-old right-hander started eight times this year and has a 2.27 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 50/22 K/BB ratio over 47.2 innings of work.
Phillies were unable to come from behind again
The Philadelphia Phillies are going back home with a win in the bag from the first two duels of the World Series in Houston. And they should be more than happy with that. The Phillies did come back from a 5-0 deficit to win Game 1, but they couldn’t repeat such heroics in Game 2 as the Astros celebrated a 5-2 win.
Zack Wheeler wasn’t very good in his start as he allowed four runs on six hits with three strikeouts and three walks. Wheeler struggled with his command and this was his worst start of the playoffs, and we will see whether he’ll get another chance for redemption in this series. On offense, Jean Segura had the lone RBI, while Alec Bohm scored on a fielding error for Philly’s second and final run of the tilt.
Noah Syndergaard (10-10, 0-0 in the playoffs) is named a starter for Game 3 of the World Series against Houston on Monday. The 30-year-old right-hander had 24 starts for the Angels and Phillies this season and owns a 3.94 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 95/31 K/BB ratio across 134.2 innings.
- 3-7 in their last ten World Series games
- 7-0 in the last seven games vs. a right-handed starter
- 6-0 in the last six games following an off day
- 5-1 in the last six home games with the total set at 7.0-8.5
Houston Astros vs. Philadelphia Phillies Pick
Lance McCullers Jr. will be motivated to bounce back from a weaker display in his latest start when he allowed three runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings against the Yankees. He did log a quality start in one game against the Phillies this year but took a loss, while Noah Syndergaard started twice against Houston (1-0) and registered a 2.89 ERA over 9.1 innings. Although I am backing the Astros to win the World Series, the Phillies will be looking to get a W in the first game at home and take a home-field advantage. I am backing them to do it, but it will be a tight affair and I wouldn’t be surprised if the visitors win by a run. That’s why I am going with a safer bet on this one.
Pick: Take the Phillies at +1.5 Run Line (-152)
The Phillies have a chance to beat Houston here but they know they will have to score at least four or five runs to do it. The Astros failed to score at least three runs in only one game this season and scored five in both games of this series, so Philadelphia knows they cannot win a low-scoring encounter. The total is a bit higher than in previous games, but I am still going with a minimum of eight runs. Over is 4-1 in the last five H2H meetings in Philadelphia; Over is 10-2-3 in the Astros’ previous 15 interleague games vs. a right-handed starter, while Over is 7-1 in the Phillies’ last eight home games.
Pick: Over 8 runs (-105)