World Series Game 5: Phillies vs Astros Betting Odds

Astros’ Counterpunch Ties World Series at two Games Each, Odds to Win Series shifts

Rob Thompson took a gamble and paid dearly after moving staff ace Aaron Nola up to pitch on game four following a rain-out. The move backfired as Nola was rocked for a third straight postseason MLB game, leaving the Phillies without their all-star pitcher until game seven at the earliest. Dusty Baker will turn to his future Hall of Fame pitcher Justin Verlander who hopes to rebound from a rough game one performance. Astros -200 series favorite. Keep reading to find the best tips for this Phillies vs Astros Betting Preview.

Astros vs Phillies

Game information: Houston Astros (2-2) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (2-2)
Location: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
PA Day/Time:
Streaming: Live Stream Sports

Astros Make Huge Game Four Statement

It’s one thing to beat a team, it’s quite another to no-hit a team that has been smashing balls throughout the series. That message is a direct reflection of the Phillies vs Astros betting odds, with Houston opening at a -150 road favorite.

The ‘no-no’ was the second in World Series history, a feat accomplished by the New York Yankees Don Larson in 1956. The confidence boost has to be the catalyst that will carry the Astros to their third World Series championship in the last six seasons.

The win stops Philadelphia’s unbeaten streak at home while handing Aaron Nola another poor World Series performance. Houston is now 3-13 in Philadelphia but that goes back many years and isn’t relevant to game five.

Tonight’s starter, Justin Verlander is 15-11 in the postseason, but his recent 2-4 postseason record has many bettors wondering if Verlander is the same automatic wager he was early in his career. In his last 10 playoff starts, Houston is just 4-6 which includes his game-one outing where Verlander gave up five earned runs in five innings. That will give bettors a reason to pause or at least it should.

Resilient Phillies Must Bounce Back Tonight

Continuing our Phillies vs Astros betting preview, it’s obvious that the Phillies are in a must-win situation. A loss would send them back to Houston for game six without any momentum after potentially dropping two of three at home.

MLB odds have shifted in favor of Houston but this has been a resilient bunch of Fightin’ Phil’s all season long. They could have collapsed after losing Bryce Harper for 63 games. The same could be said when they started the season 21-29, 12 ½ games out of first.

Manager Joe Girardi was fired two days later. In September, when you’re supposed to be playing your best baseball, the Phillies were just 14-17 to finish out the season. Against their division rival New York Mets and Atlanta Braves, the Phillies were 13-25. Despite every number saying that they wouldn’t be a postseason contender, they are playing in this critical game five.

The point is, bettors shouldn’t be swayed by the mountain in front of them because they’ve been climbing it all season long.

Mattress Mike Holding The Number Steady

The legacy of Mattress Mike lives on from season to season. The mattress magnate dropped $3 million on a future wager in Las Vegas on the Astros to win the World Series at +1000, a ticket that is two wins away from paying the retailer $30 million.

That doesn’t make a difference to many outside of it being a cool story, but it does affect the number of books in the desert because you won’t get a better number on Houston than it’s send-out line because of Mattress Mike’s future.

If you like the Astros get on it now because no matter how much Philadelphia money comes in it won’t bring that -150 single-game price down. The Phillies’ odds to win the World Series are as high as +170 in some spots.

To conclude our Astros vs Phillies betting preview, we recommend coming back with the Phillies in game five. We are practicing what we preach, and that’s forget what you just saw. Thompson’s team has shown all season long their ability to climb out of what seems like insurmountable situations, game five will add to their list.

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