The Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies will face off in Game 4 of the World Series at Citizens Bank Park as the Phillies currently leading 2-1 so far. The Phillies were able to dominate Lance McCullers Jr to pick up a 7-0 win on Tuesday night and are looking to build off of that. Houston will send righty Cristian Javier, while Philadelphia is sending right-hander Aaron Nola to the bump to start the game.Let’s take a look at the game preview for your World Series Odds.
Astros vs. Phillies World Series Game 4
Houston Astros Content
Through three games in the World Series, the Houston Astros are not hitting as well as they would expect, as they are averaging 3.33 runs per game and have a team slashline of .218/.288/.356 up to this point. Designated hitter Yordan Alvarez has not been able to lock in so far at the plate as he is just 1-for-11 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored. This Houston team is going to have to put some runs up if they want to avoid going down 3-1 after this game.
Cristian Javier is getting the ball and is pitching well so far in the postseason. He last pitched on October 22 against the New York Yankees in the ALCS as he threw 5.1 shutout innings where he allowed a single hit with three walks and five strikeouts. Their bullpen was inspired as Jose Urquidy ate the last three innings, and their bullpen threw 3.2 innings total. They need to be able to keep the ball in the park if they can figure out how to win on the road here.
Philadelphia Phillies Content
The Philadelphia Phillies have been doing well, as they have a .738 team OPS while scoring five runs per game in that stretch. A huge reason for their success is the ability to hit home runs as they have hit six total homers, including five in Game 3. Third baseman Alec Bohm has been doing well as he is posting a 1.112 OPS in the World Series thus far, as he is 3-for-11 with a pair of doubles, a home run, and three RBI. This team can really put their foot on the Astros neck if they can take an early lead on Wednesday.
Aaron Nola has been doing decently well this postseason and is getting a second chance against the Houston Astros as he pitched back in Game 1 of the World Series in Houston and did not factor into the decision as he threw 4.1 innings and allowed five runs on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts. They need him to step up and lead the team to make Game 5 a potential clinching game.
What Are The Odds?
According to MyBookie Sportsbook, the Houston Astros are still considered the extremely slight road favorites as they have a -1.5 run line and are -113 on the moneyline. The Philadelphia Phillies are +1.5 on the run line and are -107 on the moneyline. The total is set at 7.5 runs, with the under being listed as -120 while the over is even money.
Who Will Win?
The Houston Astros just got punched in the mouth and are trying to bounce back after a tough game, but they have shown the ability to hit Aaron Nola earlier in this series. Houston totaled just five hits on Tuesday, and they can chalk up McCullers struggles to tipping pitches. They have a solid bullpen, and they just cannot give up too much before handing the ball to them. All in all, go with the Houston Astros to win here and even up the series.