The postseason magic was still very much alive in Citizens Bank Park in Astros vs Phillies Game 4. However, it was no longer the Philadelphia Phillies who were the recipients. Entering the game undefeated at home in the postseason, the Houston Astros pitched a combined no-hitter to even the series at two games apiece. With the series now becoming a best-of-three, which team will take pivotal Game 5?
This MLB betting preview for the World Series Astros vs Phillies Game 5 includes game info, starting pitchers, betting odds, trends and a prediction for tonight’s postseason matchup.
Houston Astros vs Philadelphia Phillies Prediction | World Series Game 5
World Series Game 5 (Series tied 2-2)
Houston Astros (106-56, 51-30 Away) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (87-75, 47-34 Home)
Date: Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022
Time: 8:03 p.m. EST
Venue: Citizens Bank Park — Philadelphia, PA
Astros vs Phillies Starting Pitchers
Astros: Justin Verlander (18-4, 1.75 ERA)
Phillies: Noah Syndergaard (10-10, 3.94 ERA)
Houston Astros Preview
It’s usually a pretty easy path to victory when your pitching staff doesn’t give up a single hit. It was made easier thanks to an opportunistic Astros offense that came alive in the fifth inning. The Astros scored all five of their runs in the inning after they started the inning of with three consecutive singles. Although Houston only had five hits combined over the other eight innings, that was more than enough.
Quite simply the pitching staff was elite. It’s nearly impossible for a staff not to in a game where they throw a no-hitter. With that said, this is an incredibly hot Phillies lineup. Astros starter Cristian Javier struck out nine and walked just two over six innings of work. He showed just how deep this Astros rotation is and how dangerous they will be. As the series progresses, Houston has clear advantage now with fresher pitchers and home field advantage again.
Philadelphia Phillies Preview
There isn’t much to say about Philadelphia’s offense other than it just not being good enough. While Javier had great command on Wednesday night, it is unforgivable for a World Series team to be held hitless. The Phillies looked lost from the jump and never recovered.
The pitching wouldn’t have mattered anyways but Aaron Nola once again struggled mightily. After giving up just one unearned run in over 12 innings across his first two playoff starts, Nola has now given up 14 earned runs in just over 12 innings across his last three starts. Whatever the problem is, it should be extremely worrying for Philadelphia. While no pitcher can be perfect, they clearly can’t rely on him should the series go to a Game 7.
Astros vs Phillies Odds | MLB Playoffs Predictions
MLB betting odds for Astros vs Phillies are taken from BetOnline Sportsbook.
Moneyline: HOU: (-160) | PHI: (+134)
Run Line: HOU: -1.5 (+110) | PHI: +1.5 (-130)
Total: 7.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
Astros vs Phillies MLB Betting Trends
- The over is 7-4 in Philadelphia’s last 11 games.
- Philadelphia is 8-3 straight up in their last 11 games.
- Philadelphia is 4-6 straight up in their last 10 games against Houston.
- The under is 7-3 in Houston’s last 10 games.
- Houston is 11-2 straight up in their last 13 games.
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Astros vs Phillies Stats
- Philadelphia is averaging 4.61 runs per game (RPG) this season (No. 7 in the MLB).
- Philadelphia is surrendering 4.23 RPG this season (No. 15 in the MLB).
- Houston is averaging 4.55 RPG this season (No. 8 in the MLB).
- Houston is surrendering 3.20 RPG this season (No. 2 in the MLB).
Astros vs Phillies MLB Weather Report
Wind: 5 MPH (blowing in from right)
Astros vs Phillies Prediction | World Series Game 5
The Astros vs Phillies prediction uses NumberFire’s probability model. They give Houston a 56.9% chance to win Game 5 of this World Series MLB Playoffs matchup.
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