Game 5 of the 2022 World Series takes place in Philadelphia on Thursday night before returning to Houston for Game 6 and an eventual Game 7.
The Astros tied the series at 2-all in dominant fashion, not only knocking out the Phillies, 5-0, but combining for a complete no-hitter behind starter Cristian Javier. It was the first combined no-hitter in World Series history.
The Phillies are now hitless since the sixth inning of Game 3 and no longer have a perfect playoff home record. Home-field advantage goes to Houston, and we have a three-game series to determine the World Series champions. The team that won Game 5 won the World Series 70% of the time.
Needless to say, the stakes on Thursday couldn’t be much higher.
Astros-Phillies Game 5 World Series Odds
- Money line: Astros (-154) | Phillies (+130)
- Run the line: Astros -1.5 (+110) | Phillies +1.5 (-133)
- Total: 7.5 – Plus (-110) | Under (-110)
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Astros to start ace and likely 2022 AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander in Game 5. While Verlander was exceptional during the regular season, he was shaky in the playoffs.
Verlander was rocked for five points by the sailors in Game 1 of the ALDS, and he lost a 5-0 lead and was rocked by the Phillies for five runs in Game 1 of the World Series. The Astros managed to pull off a 6-5 win over the Mariners, but the Phillies won Game 1, 6-5, to ruin the Astros’ perfect playoff bid last Friday. Verlander, however, threw an 11-out gem against the Yankees in the ALCS.
Despite all his accolades, Verlander somehow never won a World Series start. He’s 0-6 with a 6.07 ERA spread over eight playoff starts.
He aims to change this Thursday.
The Phillies will counter with a bullpen play led by Noah Syndergaard. Syndergaard pitched 5 1/3 innings in three playoff games and allowed just one run. The right-hander isn’t fully stretched, so there’s no doubt that Philly will have to get to his bullpen early. Rob Thomson used five bullpen arms on Wednesday night, but with Friday as his rest day, he should be able to continue to use his stable freely.
Both teams scored exactly 15 points in the World Series. The Astros had been scoreless 16 innings before their five-run outburst in the fifth inning of Game 4. The Phillies have now gone 11 straight innings without a hit – that’s tied with the 1939 Yankees for the longest world series sequence. The offense has been one-sided in the last two competitions, but these two teams seem pretty even at the moment.
So, how to bet on this game?
I can’t bet against Verlander. Losing seven World Series starts is a feat that should be more difficult than winner the Cy Young. Verlander struck out nine Phillies in his last regular season start and he stoked five even while giving up five runs in Game 1. The Astros struck out 14 batters in Game 4.
Also note that Yuli Gurriel is closing in on a playoff record. His 47 consecutive plate appearances in the playoffs without a strikeout is now fifth most in MLB history, just four plate appearances behind Joey Cora (51).
Let’s talk about some Astros props for a +190 odds payout.
PARLAY: Justin Velander 5+K + Yuli Gurriel Over 0.5 Hits + Alex Bregman Over 0.5 Hits (+190)
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