Perhaps the final game of the World Series to be played in Philadelphia is on schedule for Thursday, November 3, so make sure you don’t miss out on the best Astros vs. Phillies betting pick and odds.
Houston and Philadelphia will play the fifth of a seven-game World Series at Citizens Bank Park. The Astros are -155 moneyline favorites on Bet DSI Sportsbook, while the total is set at 7.5 runs. Houston was better in two of three regular-season H2Hs, while the current series is tied at 2-2.
Astros responded in style
The Houston Astros tied the World Series at 2-2 and responded to a 7-0 Game 3 loss with a 5-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. It was a first-ever combined no-hitter in the World Series as Houston cruised to a win and registered ten hits on the other side.
The Astros scored all of their runs in the 5th inning. Alex Bregman led the way with two RBIs, while Yordan Alvarez, Kyle Tucker, and Yuli Gurriel contributed with one RBI apiece. Cristian Javier took a win after pitching for six shutout, no-hit innings, recording nine strikeouts and two walks in the process. Houston’s bullpen also combined for a no-hitter as the Astros wrote history.
Justin Verlander (18-4, 1-0 in the playoffs) will start Game 5 of the World Series against the Phillies on Thursday. The 39-year-old right-hander started 28 games this season and owns a 1.75 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and 185/29 K/BB ratio across 175.0 innings of work.
Phillies stunned with a no-hitter
It seemed that the Philadelphia Phillies had an edge over the Houston Astros in this World Series after winning Game 3, the first at home to get home-field advantage. However, Philadelphia failed to record a single hit against Cristian Javier and Houston’s bullpen in Game 4 and succumbed to a 5-0 defeat. Now, the Phillies must win Game 5 before the series moves to Houston or they will be in a tough position to win the title.
Aaron Nola took a loss in Game 4 after allowing three runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and no walks in 4.0 innings. Jose Alvarado, who came in to relieve Nola, surrendered two more runs, after which the bullpen allowed only a hit in the four remaining innings, but it was too late for Philly, who couldn’t hit the ball in this loss.
Noah Syndergaard (10-10, 0-0 in the playoffs) will take the mound for Game 5 of the World Series against Houston on Thursday. The 30-year-old right-hander had 24 starts for the Angels and Phillies this year and carries a 3.94 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 95/31 K/BB ratio in 134.2 innings.
- 8-1 in the last nine games vs. a right-handed starter
- 9-2 in the last 11 playoff games
- 5-1 in the last six playoff road games
- 4-9 in the last 13 interleague games
- 2-6 in the last eight vs. American League West opponents
Houston Astros vs. Philadelphia Phillies Pick
Even though he deserved to be in the conversation for the AL CY Young Award after a fantastic regular season, Justin Verlander did struggle a bit in the playoffs. He currently has a bloated 7.20 ERA in the postseason and he allowed five runs over 5.0 innings in his latest start against the Phillies. Noah Syndergaard’s numbers are better but he didn’t pitch for more than 3.0 innings in a postseason game, and I am not sure whether he’ll be on the mound for more than three or four innings in this one. Either way, I expect Verlander to bounce back on Thursday and display his best performance of the playoffs. With his experience and quality, I am backing Justin to lead the Astros to a crucial win in this World Series.
Pick: Take the Astros to win (-155)
After allowing even 12 runs on 19 hits across 15.0 innings this postseason, Justin Verlander will be eager to bring his A-game to this Game 5. I am backing him to keep the hosts to one or two runs during his stay on the mound (five or six innings). Noah Syndergaard, on the other hand, will likely be removed early on, and the Phillies could opt for a bullpen game. We only had one Over game in this World Series, so I don’t think we will have a high-scoring affair on Thursday. Under is 7-2-1 in the Astros’ last ten overall, while Under is 7-3 in the Phillies’ previous ten games following a loss.
Pick: Go Under 7.5 runs (-110)