Houston Astros vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Baseball’s worst record hosts baseball’s best record as the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies meet at Minute Maid Park. The Phillies are -175 favorites over the Astros with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Houston Astros have baseball’s worst record and they are headed towards the 100 loss mark for the year. The Astros have lost seven of their last 10 games, are 26-45 at home this year, and they are 36 games back in the N.L. Central. As a team Houston is hitting .260 led by Jason Bourggeois at .301, Brian Bogusevic at .292, and Carlos Lee at .276. As a team the Astros pitching staff has a combined ERA of 4.48 with the starters at 4.56 and the bullpen at 4.30. For game one against the Phillies Houston starts Brett Myers who won last time out to end a several month long winless drought. For the season Myers has allowed 199 hits and 98 earned runs while striking out 142 in 189.1 innings of work.
The Philadelphia Phillies were the odds on favorite to win the World Series this year and they seem to be on track to prove the oddsmakers right. The Phillies are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 45-27 on the road this year, and have a 12 game lead in the National League East. As a team Philadelphia is hitting .255 led by Hunter Pence at .320, Shane Victorino at .295, and Placido Polanco at .278. As a team the Phillies pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.03 with the starters at 2.86 and the bullpen at 3.44. For game one in Houston Philadelphia starts Roy Oswalt who returns to the place where he played most of his career. For the season Oswalt has allowed 127 hits and 46 earned runs while striking out 76 over 111.1 innings of work.
Houston is 8-23 in their last 31 games against the N.L. East, 16-38 in their last 54 home games against a right handed starter, and 2-9 in Myers’ last 11 home starts. Philadelphia is 20-7 in their last 27 road games, 38-16 in their last 54 games overall, and 2-5 in Oswalt’s last seven road starts.
Myers has been terrible this season and he hasn’t gotten much help and this will be like a home game for Oswalt who has a lot of fans in Houston. Take the Phillies minus the 175 here.
Philadelphia Phillies -175 Houston Astros