The Philadelphia Phillies have the Houston Astros on the ropes in Game 4 of the World Series on Wednesday. Philadelphia took a 2-1 series lead with a 7-0 victory in Game 3, but a strong response is expected from Houston.
Astros Could Produce Early and Often
The Astros would benefit greatly with a first-inning explosion in Game 4. That would temporarily subdue the raucous Citizens Bank Park crowd and shift the pressure on the Phillies. Houston is licking its chops with Philadelphia starter Aaron Nola toeing the rubber. Nola has yielded 11 runs in nine innings over his last two starts, including five in Game 1. The Astros didn’t score in the first inning of that contest but expect them to come out swinging on Wednesday.
- The Picks: Astros first-inning winner (+300) and Astros most hits in the first inning (+165)
High-Scoring Game Could be in Store
A strong start could propel Houston to a big offensive showing that would tie the series. This scenario will lead to a plethora of opportunities in the Las Vegas odds, including the Astros leading after five innings. Houston hasn’t scored seven runs in a postseason game, but there’s a first time for everything. Look for a big inning from the Astros as well.
- The Picks: Astros/Astros double result (+160), Astros to win by four or more runs (+375), Astros race to seven runs (+400), and Astros with highest-scoring inning (+135)
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From The Mound: Cristian is a Go; Nola is a No
The Astros’ season rides on the right arm of Cristian Javier. The 25-year-old has allowed one run in 6 ⅔ innings over two postseason appearances. Houston manager Dusty Baker had the opportunity to slide Justin Verlander into the Game 4 start after Monday’s rainout but decided to keep his rotation in order.
“Well, the equation was Javier’s been really good, No. 1,” Baker told the media. “And No. 2, we feel that that extra day off wouldn’t hurt Justin. It would probably be to his benefit.”
On the flip side, Nola is unlikely to keep the Astros down.
- The Picks: Javier five-plus strikeouts and Houston wins (+145) and Nola over 4½ total hits allowed (Ev)
At the Plate: Altuve, McCormick Good For Two Bases Apiece
Astros leadoff hitter Jose Altuve was 4-for-9 in Games 1 and 2 of the World Series, but 0-for-4 in Game 3. Look for Altuve to spark the offense in Game 4 with a couple of hits. Houston’s Chas McCormick has a knock in four straight games – all singles. McCormick can step up with an extra-base hit, or a pair of singles.
- The Picks: Altuve (Ev) and McCormick (+200) to record two or more total bases