Phillies Are Hard to Beat at Home, After Days of Rest

Phillies Are Hard to Beat at Home, After Days of Rest
By Lou Monaco
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

The World Series returns to the City of Brotherly Love for the first time since 2009 as the Philadelphia Phillies host the Houston Astros in Game 3 Tuesday night (FOX, 8:03 p.m.).

A weather postponement of Game 3 on Monday forwarded the Fall Classic by a day with Games 3, 4, 5 taking place Tuesday-Thursday. If necessary, Game 6 and Game 7 will take place in Houston on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

The Monday postponement provided an extra day of rest, key for both pitching staffs as the World Series is tied at 1-1 in the best-of-seven-series.

No Place Like Home

Starting tonight, the Phillies will host their last 2022 homestand at Citizens Bank Park (CBP), where success has been a given in post-season play and fandom is on full display for a national audience.

The Phillies have been a very solid play in Pennsylvania sports betting in their own stadium.

All-time, the Phillies are 21-9 at CBP, which is the best home record for any ballpark to have hosted at least 20 playoff games. Most importantly, this postseason, the Phillies are 5-0 and have clinched their last two playoff series at home against the Atlanta Braves (NLDS) and San Diego Padres (NLCS).

Rest is also a positive indicator on PA sportsbook apps for the Phillies. According to MLB.com, when having more than one day off in between games, the Phillies have registered a 3-1 mark.

The team’s lone blemish was a 15-2 rout by the Chicago Cubs at CBP on July 22, the first game back from the sport’s annual All-Star break. Philadelphia entered the All-Star Game coming off a 4-0 road victory against the Miami Marlins.

The string of wins this month started in Atlanta as the Phillies took Game 1 of the NLDS, 7-6, on Oct. 11, three days after clinching its wild-card series at the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-0, on Oct. 8.

Philadelphia again returned home to clinch the best-of-five NLDS against the Braves, 8-3, on Oct. 15. With two days off following, the Phillies took Game 1 of the NLCS at San Diego 2-0, on Oct. 18.

On Oct. 23, the Phillies clinched the best-of-seven NLCS at home with a dramatic 4-3 victory over San Diego (sweeping three consecutive games, again) and came back on Oct. 28 to grab Game 1 of the World Series, 6-5, on Oct. 28.

The Astros also have a 3-1 record with more than one day rest this season, with its lone blemish coming against the Phillies on Oct. 28 after having a 5-0 lead in Game 1.

Updated Game 3, Future Odds

Let’s take a look at the odds for tonight’s game and the series at DraftKings Sportsbook Pennsylvania.

The Astros are -125 on the moneyline tonight, with the Phillies at +105. The Phillies at +1.5 runs is at -155, while the Astros at -1.5 runs is +135.

The over/under total runs is 8, with the over at +100 and the under at -120.

At BetMGM Sportsbook Pennsylvania, the Phillies are +145 to win the World Series. The Astros are a -175 favorite.

The Phillies turn to lefthander Ranger Suarez to start Game 3. The Astros will counter with righty Lance McCullers Jr.

PennStakes.com keeps you on top of sports betting in the state as well as the best PA sports betting promotions.

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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