Phillies in Playoffs
The Philadelphia Phillies try to move up in the postseason field in the National League when they take on the host Houston Astros in the second of a three-game series between playoff teams on Tuesday night. Philadelphia clinched a Wild Card spot in the National League and is just one game behind the San Diego Padres for the fifth seed in the NL.
Houston had a two-game winning streak snapped with a loss in the series opener but has already clinched the top record in the American League. These two teams are both gearing up for the postseason, so this game will be a good one. Make sure to read our in-depth preview of the contest to help with your betting online.
Phillies Not Satisfied With Making Postseason
The Philadelphia Phillies clinched their first postseason berth since 2011 on Monday night, ending the playoff drought despite changing managers in the middle of the season. Philadelphia is still looking for more, but knows just making the postseason is the first step.
“When I signed here in ’19, I said it was going to take us a couple of years, three or four or five years to get to where we needed to be,” Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper said after Monday’s win. “And we’re not where we need to be right now, but this is step one to hopefully greater success and a greater opportunity to get to where we need to be.”
Harper was 1-for-4 in Monday’s victory and is batting .287. He has 28 doubles, a triple, 18 home runs, 65 RBIs and 63 runs scored in 98 games.
Left-hander Ranger Suarez will get the start for Tuesday’s contest for Philadelphia. Suarez is 10-6 with a 3.37 ERA in 28 starts, striking out 127 in 152⅓ innings. He took the loss in his last outing, going six innings against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday and allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking one.
Verlander, Astros Eye Another Playoff Run
The Houston Astros have already clinched all they can heading into the final two games of the regular season, so they’re just trying to get themselves right for what they hope is another lengthy stay in the postseason. Houston has gone 5-5 over its last 10 but is hoping to gain some momentum in the final two regular-season contests.
Veteran right-hander Justin Verlander will try to add to his potential Cy Young resume when he makes his 28th start on Tuesday. The 39-year-old is 17-4 with a league-best 1.80 ERA, striking out 175 over 170 innings. He took a no-decision in his last start against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, going seven innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits while striking out eight and walking one.
The Astros managed just two hits in Monday’s loss, one by designated hitter Yordan Alvarez. Alvarez ranks 10th in baseball with a .301 batting average, hitting 26 doubles, two triples and 37 home runs, driving in 96 runs and scoring 93 times.
Phillies vs Astros Head-To-Head
The Philadelphia Phillies have the early lead in this rare season series with the Houston Astros after Monday’s win. These three games are the only ones these two will have played this season.
Houston won the previous time these two faced off in the regular season, taking two of three on the road in 2017. The MLB lines for Tuesday’s contest are favoring Verlander and the Astros to get a win to tie this series.
Phillies vs Astros Game Information
- Game: Phillies (87-73) vs Astros (104-56)
- Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 8:10 p.m. ET
- Phillies vs Astros Live Stream: MLB.tv
Phillies vs Astros Betting Lines
R. Suarez -L
J. Verlander -R
The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
Phillies vs Astros Prediction
The Philadelphia Phillies may have a hangover after clinching a playoff spot on Monday night. That’s not a good thing against Verlander, who has been great this season, Expect the Houston Astros to come away with the victory on Tuesday.
When doing your MLB betting, take Houston to get the home win.
“The odds and predictions in the article are based on time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.”