Astros Coming Off Dominant Win
The Houston Astros try to make it two straight wins when they host the Philadelphia Phillies in the finale of a three-game series to end the regular season on Wednesday. Houston bounced back from an opening loss with a dominant victory on Tuesday and will enter the postseason as the top seed in the American League.
Philadelphia had a three-game winning streak snapped with Tuesday’s loss, which put the Phillies in the sixth spot in the National League playoff field. Both teams want to have some momentum going into the postseason, so this one will be a good game. Make sure you read our in-depth preview of the contest before you make your bet online.
Phillies Silent at Plate After Clinching
It wasn’t a surprise that the Philadelphia Phillies didn’t have a lot of fire on Tuesday after they clinched their first playoff spot since 2011 on Monday night. But Philadelphia didn’t get its first hit until Garrett Stubbs’ single in the ninth inning, falling 10-0 to the Houston Astros.
Philadelphia didn’t have a lot of its regulars in the lineup for Tuesday’s lineup, though outfielder Bryce Harper was in the leadoff position. Harper was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and is batting .286 with 28 doubles, a triple, 18 home runs, 65 RBIs and 63 runs scored.
Left-hander Bailey Falter will take the mound for the regular-season finale, making his 16th start and 20th overall appearance of 2022. Falter is 6-4 with a 3.90 ERA, striking out 74 in 83 innings. He’s coming off a win against the Washington Nationals on Friday in which he threw six scoreless innings, allowing three runs while striking out six and walking two.
Astros Looking Like Title Contender Again
The Houston Astros have had a solid run as a World Series title contender over the last few years, and that doesn’t look like it’s going to be changing. Tuesday was the Astros’ 105th victory and the pitching and hitting were on full display. The Astros hit three home runs and Justin Verlander combined with the Houston bullpen for no-hit ball until the ninth inning.
“It’s great to have him on the mound,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said of Verlander after Tuesday’s win. “The team’s excited, the fans are excited, I think baseball is excited when he’s on the mound on a national stage like that. He’s some pitcher.“
Left-hander Framber Valdez will try to keep that roll going when he gets the start on Wednesday. Valdez is 16-6 with a 2.89 ERA in 30 starts, striking out 184 in 196⅓ innings. His last start was a rough one, however, as he went 5⅓ innings against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday and allowed six runs on nine hits while striking out two and walking three.
Outfielder Kyle Tucker had one of the Astros’ three home runs on Tuesday, hitting a three-run shot in the first inning. Tucker is batting .258 with 28 doubles, a triple, 30 home runs, 107 RBIs and 71 runs scored.
Phillies vs Astros Head-To-Head
The season series between these rare opponents is tied at one win apiece after the Houston Astros came up with the win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. The Phillies haven’t won a series on the road against the Astros since the 2010 season, prior to Houston’s move to the American League. The MLB lines for Wednesday’s series finale are favoring the Astros to pick up the victory.
Phillies vs Astros Game Information
- Game: Phillies (87-74) vs Astros (105-56)
- Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston
- Day/Time: Wednesday, 4:10 p.m. ET
- Phillies vs Astros Live Stream: MLB.tv
Phillies vs Astros Betting Lines
B. Falter -L
F. Valdez -L
The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
Phillies vs Astros Prediction
Valdez wants to bounce back after a disappointing outing, and that’s bad news for the Philadelphia Phillies. The Houston Astros will flex their muscles at the plate and on the mound once again and finish the regular season with another victory.
When doing your MLB betting, take Houston to get the win at home.