It’s that time of the year again, and the Philadelphia Phillies are set to get the World Series started. Against all odds, the Phillies were the clear underdog during the postseason stage, and they will most likely remain that throughout the World Series. However, Philadelphia has done nothing more than fight against the odds and prove that they are the team no one believed them to be.
The Phillies are ready for the opening game of the World Series against the Houston Astros this Friday night at Minute Maid Park. The Astros remain one of the best teams during the regular season and easily made their way to the final series. The Astros have stood for consistency and a top level of performance the entire season.
The Phillies surpassed the St. Louis Cardinals, the Atlanta Braves, and the San Diego Padres to make it to the World Series. That means that over the course of 11 games, the Phillies only took two defeats.
The Phillies also have a trend that has been repeating itself throughout the postseason and two series back into the regular season, in which the Phillies won the first game of the series against their rivals.
Besides the series against the Astros, the Phillies came out on top in everyone. Kyle Schwarber remains the top player for them, with a total of 46 home runs and 94 runs batted in.
There is no question that the Astros were one of the top teams during the regular season. Houston came in just a few wins below the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, the top regular-season teams don’t always perform in the postseason.
The Astros want to become the exception. Currently, the Astros are 7-0 in the postseason and 9-1 in the last ten games overall. Those last three games were against the Phillies, with the Astros only taking one loss.
The Astros will continue to rely on top talent such as Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker to continue leading the team’s offense. Alvarez is now standing with a .306 batting average and 37 home runs, while Tucker has added a total of 107 runs batted in.
The first game of the World Series is now just hours away. For Philadelphia, the total has gone over in five of their last seven games. As for Houston, the total has gone under in five of their previous six games.
The Phillies are once again the underdogs in this series. They are now 40-41 in road games and have to match against the Astros’ 55-26 home record.
Houston may not have finished with the most solid batting numbers, but still stands as one of the best in pitching. The Astros are number one in the league with 94 quality starts and second overall with a 2.90 earned run average.
There is no question that the Phillies have what it takes to take on the Astros. However, Houston is the favorite and should start off the World Series with a solid home win.
Godds Pick/Prediction: The Astros win, and the under hits.