Houston Astros vs Philadelphia Phillies Prediction, Pick and Preview, October 29 (10/29): MLB

Houston Astros vs Philadelphia Phillies Prediction, Pick and Preview, October 29 (10/29): MLB

Odds

Time 8:03 p.m. EST
Phillies money line +117
Phillies run line +1.5 (-180)
Astros money line -140
Astros run line -1.5 (+155)
Over / under 7

 

Key stats

  Philadelphia Phillies  Houston Astros
Record 97-77 113-57
Road / home record 45-43 59-27
Last 10 record 8-2 9-1
Streak W4 L1
Over / under record 89-79-6 63-96-11
Runs / game 4.61 4.36
Runs allowed / game 4.20 4.05

 

Preview

The Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies will meet to play the Game 2 of the World Series at the Minute Maid Park on Saturday. The Phillies beat the Astros 6-5 in Game 1 to take the lead on the series.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies get to this game with a 97-77 record and have won 8 of their last 10 games. The team is averaging 4.61 runs per game. They're batting for .253 AVG, 747 runs scored in 1392 hits and 205 home runs, ranking #7 in offense in the league behind the NY Mets. Kyle Schwarber leads the team with 46 home runs and 94 RBI while Alec Bohm is batting for .281 avg.

Defensively they are allowing 4.20 runs per game and rank #13 in the league. Zack Wheeler leads the team with a 2.82 ERA, 163 strikeouts and 12 wins recorded for the Phillies.

Probable Pitcher:  Zack Wheeler (12-7, 2.82 ERA)

Wheeler will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the Phillies. Wheeler did not factor in the Game 5 decision Sunday during the 4-3 win, allowing two runs on three hits and zero walks while striking out eight in six innings against the Padres. He hasn¿t faced the Astros in his career.

Houston Astros

The Astros get here with a 112-57 record and have won 8 of their last 10 games. They're averaging 4.55 runs and batting for .246 AVG, 737 runs scored in 1341 hits and 214 home runs, ranking #8 in offense in the league behind the Seattle Mariners. Yordan Alvarez leads the team batting for .304 avg with 37 home runs and 97 RBI. 

Defensively they are allowing 3.23 runs per game and ranking #2 in the league. Justin Verlander leads the pitching staff with a 1.75 ERA, 185 strikeouts and 18 wins recorded for the Astros.

Probable Pitcher:  Framber Valdez (17-6, 2.82 ERA)

Verlander will be on the mound in the 1st game of the series for the Astros. Valdez pitched seven innings and got the win Thursday night in Game 2 of the ALCS, allowing two unearned runs on four hits and zero walks while striking out nine during the 3-2 win over the Yankees. He has not allowed any runs on 2 hits with 1 walk and 10 strikeouts in 5 innings versus the Phillies in his career. He has been credited with the win.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Philadelphia are 7-1 SU in their last 7 games.

Philadelphia are 3-4 SU in their last 7 games against Houston.

Philadelphia are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games on the road.

Philadelphia are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Houston.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games.

Houston are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games.

Houston are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Phillies continue to stay hot offensively as they pounded the Astros ace Justin Verlander and scored 6 runs to win the first game of the series. Zach Wheeler will take the mound for this game who has been pretty good this season but hasn't faced the Astros in his career. The Astros didn't play bad in Game 1 but couldn't score in extra innings and lost the game. Framber Valdez will start in Game 2 who was insane in his last start in the playoffs vs Yankees allowing no runs in 7 innings and also dominated the Phillies earlier this season. I expect the Astros to bounce back and take advantage of another dominant performance from Valdez. Take the Astros to tie the series.

PICK: Astros ML (-140)

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