Astros Look To Keep Offense Rolling
The World Series will shift to Philadelphia, where the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies will contest a pivotal game 3 Monday knotted at one game apiece.
The Astros became the fifth team in World Series history to amass five-run leads in each of the first two games, joining the San Francisco Giants (2010), Boston Red Sox (2004), Minnesota Twins (1987), and New York Yankees (1937). Those four teams went on to take the series after building 2-0 advantages, but the Astros are happy to be tied at one.
“It was almost a mathematical must, actually,” manager Dusty Baker told the media of winning game 2. “It’s tough when you lose the first two at home.”
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Syndergaard Looks To And Astros’ Early Onslaught
Noah Syndergaard will get the start for the Phillies, his third against the Astros this season.
The right-hander will only be called upon for a maximum of three innings, but considering the Astros have scored eight runs during the first three innings so far, they will be a big nine outs.
The 30-year-old, who has allowed three hits and one run over 5.1 innings pitched during this postseason, including a pair of relief appearances, has made one prior World Series start, which was a victory for the New York Mets over the Kansas City Royal in 2015.
Syndergaard faced the Astros on opening day and permitted two hits and no runs over five innings to get the victory. He took a no decision in mid-July when he surrendered three hits, four walks, and three runs in a 6-5 Houston victory.
The Phillies’ bullpen has yet to allow a run in the series over 8.2 innings of work.
Altuve Heating Up at Right Time
Jose Altuve got off to a brutal 0 for 25 start to the postseason, but that is all behind him now after the three-time American League batting champion went 3 for 4 in Game 2.
The eight-time All-Star led off with a double, the first of three straight extra base hits to start the game for the Astros, the first time that has been done in World Series history. There have been only three such occurrences during the regular season over the last 20 years.
“Early in the playoffs, I was swinging at everything and then slowly getting better at swinging at my pitch,” Altuve told the media. “I got a hit on a pitch almost above my head, so it’s good.”
Altuve, who has four hits in the two games, is the prohibitive favorite on the MLB playoff odds to finish with the most hits in the series (+110). Teammate Kyle Tucker, who had three hits in Game 1, and Philadelphia’s J.T. Realmuto, who became the first catcher since Carlton Fisk of the Red Sox (1975), to hit an extra-inning home run in the World Series, are next at +600.
Astros vs Phillies Head-to-Head
With Saturday’s win, the Astros have taken three of the five games against the Phillies this season. All of the previous five matchups this season took place in Houston.
The Phillies are 21-9 all-time in the postseason at Citizens Bank Park, including 5-0 this year.
A total of 61 of the previous 117 World Series have been tied at one game apiece. The team that took game 3 went on to win 40 of those (65.5%), including the Atlanta Braves last season.
Astros vs Phillies Game Injuries
Astros vs Phillies Game Information
- Game: Astros (1-1) vs Phillies (1-1)
- Location: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
- Day/Time: Monday, Oct. 31, 8:03 p.m. ET
- Astros vs Phillies Live Stream: MLB TV
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Astros vs Phillies Betting Lines
Astros vs Phillies Prediction
Lance McCullers, Jr., will pitch for the Astros. The righty has made two starts this postseason, one good against the Seattle Mariners and one bad against the Yankees.
The 29-year-old’s final start in the regular season came against the Phillies, who got him six hits and one run over six innings en route to posting a 3-0 victory.
The Phillies ride the home crowd to a win on the MLB odds money line and against the spread.