The World Series is here and game one is set for Friday night when the Philadelphia Phillies visit the Houston Astros. Philadelphia, the last team in the playoffs, has had a magical run beating St. Louis, Atlanta, and San Diego to get here. Houston has yet to lose in the postseason as they swept the Seattle Mariners and New York Mets. Caesars Sportsbook has the opening line at Houston -175, Philadelphia +145, and the over at 6.5 runs scored.This game will air live on FOX.
During the regular season, Kyle Schwarber mashed as he has hit a team high 46 home runs and knocked in 94 RBIs. Alec Bohm led the way with a .280 batting average. Philadelphia hit .253 and the pitchers recorded a 3.97 ERA and 1.26 WHIP.
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Yordan Alvarez had a monster regular season as he led the Astros with 37 home runs and a .306 batting average. Kyle Tucker knocked in a team high 107 RBIs during the year. Houston hit .248 and the pitching staff combined for a 2.90 ERA and 1.09 WHIP.
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Last time out, Philadelphia clinched the NL pennant with a 4-3 win on Sunday. The Phillies jumped ahead with a two-run home run by Rhys Hoskins, in the third inning, but the Padres battled back and took the lead. Juan Soto hit a solo hit in the fourth and the Padres took the lead in the top of the seventh after a Josh Bell double and Seranthony Dominguez wild pitch. However, the heart of the Phillies, Bryce Harper came up in the bottom of the eighth and hit a game-winning two-run home run. Jose Alvarado got the win, Robert Suarez took the loss, and Ranger Suarez cleaned up for the win.
Houston finished off their sweep of New York with a 6-5-win Sunday night. The Yankees jumped out to a 3-0 lead, after two, but the Astros quickly took the lead in the top of the third. New York took a 5-4 lead after the sixth inning, but a Yordan Alvarez single tied the game up and an Alex Bregman single gave the Astros the lead for good. Hector Neris got the win, Jonathan Loaisiga took the loss, and Ryan Pressly saved his third game of the series.
Pitching Matchup (playoffs): Zack Wheeler (1-1, 1.78 ERA, 0.51 WHIP) vs Justin Verlander (1-0, 6.30 ERA, 1.50 WHIP)
Philadelphia is 6-1 in their last seven games overall and 4-2 in their last six games on the road. However, the Phillies are just 2-4 in their last six games against Houston and 1-4 in their last five at Minute Maid Park. Houston is 9-0 in their nine games overall and 6-0 in their last six at home.
The Phillies magical run continues, and they steal home-field advantage with a game one win.
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