The 2022 World Series matchup is set with the Phillies representing the National league and the Astros representing the American league. Below is a look at the series price, odds and an overview of how each team arrived on baseball’s biggest stage.
Series Price: Phillies +165, Astros -200
Game 1 Moneyline: Phillies +150, Astros -160
Game 1 Run Line: Phillies +1.5 (-170), Astros -1.5 (+140)
Game 1 Pitching Probables: Aaron Nola vs. Justin Verlander
Both of these teams have been dominant en route to the World Series. Philadelphia is 9-2 in the playoffs while dispatching the Cardinals in the Wild Card Round (2-0), the Braves in the NLDS (3-1) and the Padres (4-1) in the NLCS. The Phillies are yet to have home field advantage and it hasn’t mattered much as they’re 4-2 on the road.
Houston is yet to lose a game after sweeping the Mariners in the ALDS (3-0) and the Yankees in the ALCS (4-0). There’s zero doubt that the Astros have been the more impressive team all season. Houston went 106-56 in the regular season, running away with the AL West and claiming the No. 1 seed in the American League.
The Phillies went 87-85 and claimed the sixth and final playoff spot in the National League. These teams met for a three-game series during the regular season with the Astros taking it 2-1. Both of the WS Game 1 starters were dominant in that series. Verlander pitched five scoreless with 10 strikeouts with Nola going 6.2 scoreless with nine strikeouts.
Nobody has hit the ball better in the postseason than Philadelphia, and it will be mandatory that those bats stay hot if the Phillies are to have a chance to win this series. They have a .750 OPS in the playoffs, better than the Astros at .708 (though also nothing to sneeze at). The Phillies have 16 home runs and 153 total bases in these playoff, and their stars balled out against San Diego. Rhys Hoskins hit four home runs against the Padres, Kyle Schwarber had three, Bryce Harper had two and J.T. Realmuto had one.
Houston has the immense edge pitching with a lights out 1.88 ERA through seven games. The Astros can roll out expected Cy Young Verlander, expected Cy Young runner-up Framber Valdez and Lance McCullers in Games 1-3 with Luis Garcia ready for either long relief or a potential start in Game 4. Philadelphia’s rotation gets thin quick after Nola and Zack Wheeler.
It’s hard to imagine Philadelphia making this a series, let alone winning it. But the Phillies have a team of destiny vibe, and the lineup has enough star power to potentially hang around.
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