The Philadelphia Phillies will host the Houston Astros for Game 1 of their series starting tonight. Get your MLB odds at Oddsmaker sportsbook.
The Phillies are one of the league’s most disappointing stories this far early on in the season. They still have plenty of time to turn things around, but there are signs that point to their struggles being a legitimate concern. The Phillies are in last place in the NL East which means they are 6 games back of the first place team. The only Phillies hitter that is having a good year is catcher Carlos Ruiz who is hitting .330. The Phillies starters have been pretty solid overall, but the bullpen has struggled to the tune of a 5.23 ERA. Joe Blanton will get the start for the Phillies tonight and he has had a very solid season thus far. Blanton comes into the game with a 3.24 ERA thus far.
The Houston Astros might not be getting a lot of wins this season but this a vastly improved team over a year ago and they are clearly headed in the right direction. They are tied for fourth place in the N.L. Central, five games behind the Cardinals. As a team the Astros are hitting .252 which is average at best. . As a team the Astros pitching staff has been a bit of a surprise with an ERA of 3.70 with the starters at 4.23 and the bullpen at 2.62. For game one against the Phillies Houston starts Lucas Harrell who has a win and a no decision in his last two starts. For the season Harrell has allowed 41 hits and 20 earned runs while striking out 19 over 39.1 innings of work for a 4.58 ERA.
Philadelphia is 8-17 in their last 25 games as a home favorite, 1-4 in their last five home games with the total set at 6.5 or lower, and 1-4 in Blanton’s last five starts against the N.L. Central. Houston is 5-2 in their last seven games against the N.L. East, 14-42 in their last 56 road games, and 0-4 in Harrell’s last five road starts.
We like the nice odds that Houston has in this game, especially the way that the Phillies have struggled this season with the bet at best online sportsbooks.