The Houston Astros are on the precipice of history. Before they, or perhaps the Philadelphia Phillies after two road wins, pop the champagne bottles, we have our sights set on the many props plays for Game 6. We hit on a few MLB picks in our Game 5 outlook and gosh darn it we were close on a few others.
To say Yordan Alvarez is due would be an understatement. The big slugger hasn’t homered since Game 2 of the ALDS and has five hits since. One of them was a double off of Zack Wheeler in Game 2 of the World Series. Perhaps the fact that they’re facing off again is enough to give you a little bump in a visit to the sportsbook. Alvarez hasn’t shown much power since the first half of the season, but there are other places to go with him.
- The picks: Yordan Alvarez to record a hit (-210), Yordan Alvarez to record an RBI (+160)
Valdez Gets His Ks
Just once in his past 13 starts has Framber Valdez recorded fewer than six strikeouts. His average number of Ks in that span is 7.5. Postseason starts are always a bit of a wild card as managers might utilize a quicker hook than they would in the regular season. However, Valdez hasn’t always needed to go deep to get that high, and Dusty Baker might be less prone to race to the bullpen than Rob Thomson, who will be in a do-or-die situation.
- The picks: Framber Valdez over 5½ strikeouts (-160)
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Wheels Keep Turning
Wheeler’s first inning in Game 2 was not a pretty one. Before he reached Houston’s cleanup hitter – Alex Bregman – the Astros had three doubles and a 2-0 lead. Wheeler steadied things for a few innings before Bregman took him deep in the fifth to make it 5-0.
That was the sixth and final hit against Wheeler for the Astros, who figure to get a few more in this one.
- The picks: Zack Wheeler total hits allowed over 4½ (+105), Zack Wheeler total earned runs over 1½ (-120)
Realmuto’s a Real One
One of the great moments of Game 5 was a sour one for Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto, whose long drive to the centerfield wall in the bottom of the ninth was hauled in by a leaping Chas McCormick. Not only did it prevent an extra-base hit, but it left Realmuto with a brutal 0-for-13 showing with six strikeouts in the three games at Philadelphia.
Perhaps a chance of scenery will be nice for the three-time All-Star. Remember, it was his home run in the 10th inning of Game 1 at Houston that lifted the Phillies to an early series lead. He also had a two-run double in that game and a single in Game 2, which leaves Realmuto 5-for-14 with two extra-base hits in his career at Minute Maid Park (including a single off Valdez in a regular-season meeting last month). It’s not a huge sample size, but we like him to contribute to whatever the Phillies produce in Game 6.
The picks: J.T. Realmuto to record a hit (-190), J.T. Realmuto to record an RBI (+230)