The Philadelphia Phillies will look to build on the momentum they gained when they won Game 1 against the Houston Astros on Saturday night.
Right-hander Zach Wheeler is 1-1 with a 1.78 ERA in the postseason for the Phillies, while southpaw Framber Valdez is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in the playoffs for the Astros. Let’s take a closer look at both team so you can bet against their World Series Odds.
MLB World Series Game 2 Betting Preview: Philly versus Stros
Phillies are Trying to Take a 2-0 Advantage
The Philadelphia Phillies have one of the deepest offenses in the entire league. They are scoring a bunch of runs, as they are averaging 5.3 runs per game up to this point.
Zach Wheeler is doing incredibly well these playoffs, as this is his fifth start in the playoffs. He is coming off a start back on October 23rd against the San Diego Padres at home, where he did not factor into the decision as he threw six innings and allowed two runs on three hits with a hit by pitch, zero walks, and eight strikeouts against one of the best lineups in the sport.
The Phillies had 5.2 innings out of their bullpen, so they need him to control this game.
Houston Ready to Even Up the Series
The Houston Astros are looking to split the first two games in the World Series after their first loss of the postseason, but they are hitting well as the third-ranked offense with a team OPS of .719 while averaging a solid 4.5 runs per game.
Right fielder Kyle Tucker had his best game of the playoffs as he finished 3-for-5. This lineup can hit well, and it will be hard to stop them.
Framber Valdez is ready to make his third start of the postseason as he has not pitched since October 20th in the ALCS game against the New York Yankees in Minute Maid Park.
In that game, he picked up a win as he pitched seven innings. He gave up two unearned runs on four hits without a walk but had nine strikeouts in the game. He has the ability to give length, which they need after Verlander threw just five innings.
What are the Odds?
According to MyBookie Sportsbook, the Phillies are +117 to win this game and go up 2-0 in the World Series, while the Astros are currently -142 to split the first two games. The total is listed at seven runs.
Who Will Win Game 2?
The Houston Astros have not been punched in the mouth and looked like they took their foot off the gas pedal in Game 1 as they went up 5-0 after two innings and failed to score after that.
Houston struck out 12 times, which is very uncharacteristic for them, and this Phillies bullpen is not their strength.
Framber Valdez is a ground ball pitcher and should be able to limit what Philadelphia can do offensively, so go with the Houston Astros to win Game 2 of the World Series.