The Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies are tied at two games apiece in the World Series heading into Game 5. The Astros made history by throwing the first combined no-hitter in World Series history as they won 5-0 to even up the series on Wednesday night. There is a very interesting pitching matchup as it will be veteran right-hander Justin Verlander on the mound for Houston and righty Noah Syndergaard for Philadelphia. Let’s see the game preview for your favorite bets.
Houston Astros vs Philadelphia Phillies Game 5
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After struggling a bit offensively, the Astros were able to produce five runs on 10 hits with a five-run fifth inning. Yordan Alvarez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to drive in the first run, Alex Bregman hit a two-run double to make it 3-0, Kyle Tucker hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0, and Yuli Gurriel hit an RBI single to make it 5-0. This team was 3-for-8 with runners in scoring position in the game and are hopleful they can continue to produce some runs.
They will send their ace Justin Verlander to the mound, who has been awful this postseason with a 1-0 record with a 7.20 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP in 15 innings of work. He pitched in Game 1 of the series and did not factor into the decision as he threw five innings and allowed five runs on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
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The Philadelphia Phillies are a team that slugs a lot of home runs, and Game 4 is one they would love to forget after recording zero hits and three walks. They had a chance as Cristian Javier walked Brandon Marsh and Kyle Schwarber on back-to-back at-bats but were unable to score them, and those two at-bats were the only runners in scoring position in the game.
Noah Syndergaard is going to be on the mound here, and he has not provided length as he is 0-0 with a 1.69 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP in his three games (one start) but has only thrown 5.1 innings. This will be his first time pitching in the World Series as he threw 1.1 scoreless innings but threw just 17 pitches out of the bullpen.
What are the Odds?
According to BetOnlineSportsbook, the Houston Astros are the favorites to win Game 5 with -154 odds on the moneyline, while the Philadelphia Phillies are currently home underdogs at +142. The total is sitting at 7.5 runs, with the under being the favored bet.
Who will Win Game 5?
The action seems to be in the first few innings, and the Houston Astros have not necessarily fared as well against the Philadephia Phillies bullpen as most expected. The Phillies got shut down in Game 4, but Verlander has been dreadful this postseason, and this is a huge swing game for both sides as going up 3-2 gives them a huge boost heading back to Houston. All in all, go with the Philadelphia Phillies to apply the pressure and leave home with a 3-2 World Series advantage.