Houston Astros vs. Philadelphia Phillies World Series Game 3 Betting Preview

Houston Astros vs. Philadelphia Phillies World Series Game 3 Betting Preview

Ryan Knuppel
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Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm hits a double against the Houston Astros in Game 2 of the World Series

After trick or treating Halloween night, unwind with the Fall Classic as the Philadelphia Phillies (1-1) host the Houston Astros (1-1) Monday night in Game 3 of the World Series.

The Astros were able to even the series up in Game 2 after dropping Game 1, winning 5-2 after getting five runs off of Phillies’ starter Zack Wheeler. Framber Valdez gave up just one run in 6.1 innings for the Astros, who got a home run from Alex Bregman in the win.

Despite being the visitors, the Astros are favored Monday night at (-132). Philadelphia’s moneyline sits at (+117), and they are +1.5 (-154) on the runline. The over/under for total runs in this one is eight.

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Houston Looks For Experience To Help Them On The Road

Playing in their fourth World Series in six years, the Astros are familiar with playing in hostile environments. They will look to use that experience to steal Game 3 in Philadelphia and reclaim home-field advantage.

To do so, they will look for another solid start from righty Lance McCullers Jr. Having missed a lot of the season due to injury, McCullers only pitched in eight games this regular season. Still, he was solid in those starts, going 4-2 with a 2.27 ERA.

He has continued his solid outings in the postseason. In his last start, he went five innings against the Yankees, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits and struck out six.

Offensively, Alex Bregman and Jeremy Pena have been the stars of the postseason for Houston. Bregman leads the way hitting .316/.366/.632 with three home runs and nine runs batted in over nine games.

For Pena, the rookie shortstop is hitting .286/.302/.619 with three home runs, six runs batted in, and nine runs scored.

Philadelphia Looks to Regain Series Lead In Front Of Home Faithful

To say the Phillies enjoy playing at home would be a bit of an understatement. Not only did they go 47-34 at home during the regular season, but they are 5-0 at home this postseason. They will look to use that edge to reclaim the series lead on Monday.

Slugger Bryce Harper will also look to regain his composure at home. After going hitless on Saturday, he looks forward to returning home, where he is hitting .429/.429/1.000 with three home runs and nine runs batted in this postseason.

Taking the mound for the Phillies in Game 3 will be 30-year-old righty Noah Syndergaard. He has mostly pitched out of relief this postseason, going 0-0 with a 1.69 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, and striking out four in 5.1 innings of work.

His last appearance was in Game 4 of the NLCS, when he went 1.1 scoreless innings, allowing two hits in relief.

Even Matchup On Halloween Night

As have the first two games of the World Series, Monday night’s Game 3 should be a lot of fun. On the one hand, you have the Astros, who have an advantage on the mound with Lance McCullers Jr throwing for them. On the other hand, the crowd and atmosphere at Citizens Bank Park will surely energize the Phillies.

Looking at the trends, the Astros are 10-1 in their last 11 games, and they are 5-0 in their last five road games. For Philadelphia, they are 4-1 in their last five and 5-0 in their last five at home.

Needless to say, while Houston is favored with oddsmakers, Monday’s game could truly go either way.

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