Houston Astros vs. Philadelphia Phillies World Series Game 4 Betting Preview

Houston Astros vs. Philadelphia Phillies World Series Game 4 Betting Preview

Barry Devoe
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Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper hits two-run home run vs. Houston Astros in Game 3 of World Series

The Philadelphia Phillies (2-1) will look to take a three games to one lead Wednesday night as they host the Houston Astros (1-2) in Game 4 of the World Series.

Game 3 became a laugher for the home team as Philadelphia hit five home runs off Astros' starter Lance McCullers Jr. Ranger Suarez picked up the win after going five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out four.

In terms of moneyline odds for this game, the Astros currnetly sit at (-106), whie the Phillies sit at (-110). The over/under for total runs in this one is seven.

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Astros Desperately Need To Bounce Back

Citizens Bank Park certainly created a raucous atmosphere Tuesday night, and that was only intensified by the barrage of home runs by Phillies’ sluggers. Now with their backs against the wall, the Astros have to bounce back if they want any chance at winning this series.

On the mound for Houston will be righty Christian Javier. In 30 games this season, he went 11-9 with a 2.54 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and he struck out 194 in 148.2 innings.

He has continued his dominance in the postseason going 1-0 in two games with a 1.35 ERA, and 0.75 WHIP, and he has struck out seven in 6.2 innings.

Offensively, the Astros top of the lineup struggled mightily Tuesday night. In fact, their top five hitters combined for just one hit on the night, a single by Jeremy Pena. They really need players like Jose Altuve, Yordan Alvarez, and Alex Bregman to produce if they are to have any chance.

Phillies Look To Ride Momentum

The Phillies stayed undefeated this postseason at home as they demolished the Astros in Game 3 of this series. The scoring started in the first inning as Bryce Harper delivered a two-run shot to put the Phillies ahead, a lead they would never surrender.

Harper has been sensational at home this postseason. In fact, in 21 home at-bats, he is hitting .429/.429/1.000 with three home runs, nine runs batted in, and five runs scored.

On the mound, Aaron Nola will get a chance at redemption after a rough Game 1. Despite the Phillies eventually winning that game, Nola went 4.1 innings, allowing five runs on six hits and struck out five.

In four games this postseason, Nola has gone 2-1 with a 4.57 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and he has struck out 23 in 21.2 innings.

Pivotal Game 4 Could Go Either Way

Despite the odds, the edge definitely sits with Philadelphia entering Wednesday’s Game 4. Not only did they decimate the Astros Tuesday night, but due to the postponed game on Monday, they get their ace, Aaron Nola, on regular rest in this one.

For Houston, they will rely on Christian Javier, who has quietly been one of their best pitchers all season, to step up to the task of quieting a frenzied Phillies’ fanbase. The 25-year-old will have a ton of pressure on him, but he has delivered in big spots all season.

It is hard to imagine that Aaron Nola will be roughed up as bad as he was in Game 1, but it is also hard to imagine the Phillies doing as much damage as they did against Houston in Game 3.

For that reason, this one should be a tight game throughout, and may be decided by just one or two swings of the bat. One thing is for sure, it should be must-see baseball in Game 4 of the Fall Classic.

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