For the MLB matchups, Game 1 of the 2022 World Series will be at Minute Maid Park in Houston with the first pitch scheduled for 8:03 p.m. ET on FOX. The Phillies were the sixth seed in the National League standings when the postseason began.
They defeated the:
- St. Louis Cardinals
- Atlanta Braves
- San Diego Padres
To get to this point. Philadelphia currently has a 9-2 record so far this postseason. This is their first World Series appearance since 2009, when they lost against the New York Yankees in six games) As for the Astros, they defeated the Seattle Mariners and the Yankees.
In the MLB standings, Houston finished with the best record in the American League during the regular season.
They are currently undefeated with a 7-0 record so far this postseason. Houston is in the World Series for the second consecutive season (lost in 2021 against the Atlanta Braves in six games).
The Phillies’ manager is Rob Thomson, and the Astros’ manager is Dusty Baker. Thomson is in his first full season as an MLB manager but made it to the World Series multiple times as a base coach and bench coach with the Yankees, who won the Championship in 2009.
Baker has the most wins of any manager without a World Series title, finishing as the runner-up with the Giants in 2002 and the Astros last season.
Teams’ Previous Scoreboards
- The Phillies won their last game against the Padres 4-3 thanks to a Bryce Harper go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning in Game 5 at Citizens Bank Park.
- The Astros won their last game against the Yankees 6-5 at Yankee Stadium.
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Houston Astros Betting Analysis
Phillies vs Astros Predictions can go either way as this World Series in 2022 begins. During the regular season, Philadelphia’s record against the spread was 81-81. Houston’s record against the spread during the regular season was 86-76.
Bryce Harper has recorded at least one hit for Philadelphia in 10 of 11 postseason games for them. That is a ridiculous stretch of hot hitting that has certainly helped the Phillies betting odds.
Rhys Hoskins has also hit at least one home run for the Philadelphia Phillies in his last three of four postseason games played.
A Three-Run Homer
Jeremy Pena recorded two hits and also had a three-run homer for the Houston Astros in their last game against the New York Yankees on 10/23.
Yordan Alvarez has not hit a home run for the Houston Astros in his last five games played for them.
Harper is one of the best MLB Players. This postseason, he has a .419 batting average with five home runs and 11 RBIs, along with zero stolen bases. Harper was also the NLCS MVP.
Harper’s Performance Recap
When it comes to Phillies vs Astros Betting Predictions, Hoskins is a solid value choice to record at least one hit in Game 1.
He has played in 11 games so far this postseason for Philadelphia. Hoskins has a .182 batting average, but he’s made those hits count with five home runs and 11 RBIs.
Nola as Starter
Aaron Nola is the Game 1 starting pitcher for Philadelphia. His record in three games this postseason is 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA.
In 17.1 innings pitched, he has given up 16 hits and seven runs, along with 18 strikeouts. Nola has struck out six batters in each of his starts this postseason.
Jeremy Pena leads the Astros stats this postseason. He has played in seven games so far this season. Pena has a .303 batting average with three home runs and five RBIs, along with zero stolen bases. He was the ALCS MVP.
Yordan Alvarez’s Averaging Numbers
Yordan Alvarez has also played in seven postseason games so far this season for Houston.
He has a .241 batting average with two home runs and eight RBI. Alvarez could be a betting favorite for the World Series MVP.
Justin Verlander as Starter
The starting pitcher for Game 1 of the 2022 World Series for the Houston Astros is Justin Verlander. His record so far this postseason is 1-0 with a 6.30 ERA.
In two games pitched, Verlander has thrown 10 innings, giving up 13 hits and seven runs, along with two walks and 14 strikeouts. Verlander struck out 11 batters against the Yankees on 10/19.
MLB Injury Reports
There are no serious injuries on the MLB injury report for the 2022 MLB World Series.
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Houston Astros Betting Preview
The Astros are the Game 1 favorites on the money line at -162 , and the underdog Phillies are at +149 odds. On the run line, Houston (-1.5) has -140 odds to cover the run line while Philadelphia (+1.5) has -160 odds to cover.
The over/under total is 6.5 total runs, with the over at -120 odds and the under at +100 odds. A good Phillies vs Astros Betting Predictions in Game 1 would be to bet the under 6.5 total runs.
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Houston Astros Betting Prediction
The Astros will win Game 1 over the Phillies by a final score of 3-2.
Bet Philadelphia (+1.5) (-160) over Houston and also bet the under 6.5 total runs in this baseball game between these two teams.
Take the Houston -162 money line as well in Game 1 for the Phillies vs Astros Betting Predictions.
MLB Pick: Astros (-162)