2022 World Series Betting Preview

By Hank Blaine

Starting on Friday, the Houston Astros take on the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2022 World Series. Heading into the Fall Classic, most MLB experts believe it’s a battle between David and Goliath. The Phillies are David and the Astros are Goliath. But before dumping on the Stros to sweep the Phillies, it’s important to remember that David beat Goliath in their mano y mano matchup. See below for series to win odds, profiles of both teams, and a 2022 World Series pick.

2022 World Series Odds To Win and Expert Preview

Philadelphia Phillies

  • 2022 World Series Odds: +161

Philadelphia Phillies Pitching

During the regular season, Philadelphia’s rotation didn’t impress much. The Phillies ranked seventeenth in team ERA at 3.97 but once the playoffs started, Philadelphia’s starters stepped it up.

In the postseason, Philly starters dropped the ERA to 3.06. The team ERA in the playoffs is significant because Philadelphia beat the high-scoring San Diego Padres in the NL Championship Series. The Phills’ ace, Zach Wheeler, had a good season. Wheeler dealt a 2.82 ERA and struck out 163 batters.

Philadelphia’s bullpen had a 4.17 team ERA during the regular season. In the postseason, the team ERA dropped to 3.16.

Philadelphia Phillies Hitting

During the regular season, Kyle Schwarber led the team in home runs and runs batted in. Kyle sent 46 baseballs long. He batted in 94 RBIs.

Bryce Harper has ruled the postseason. Harper, who is listed as Philly’s DH, has a batted 4.19 in the playoffs. Bryce has hit 5 home runs. He’s batted in 11 RBIs. His OBP is .444. As a team, the Phillies are hitting .237 in the postseason.

Houston Astros

  • 2022 World Series Odds: -182

Houston Astros Pitching

Soon to be Cy Young winner Justin Verlander spearheads the most feared starting rotation in baseball. Verlander, a for sure first ballot hall of fame player, posted an 18-4 record with a 1.75 ERA and 185 strikeouts this season.

Framber Valdez led the rotation in last season’s run to the World Series. Valdez has been more effective this season, 2.82 ERA and 194 strikeouts, because he can relax and wait for Verlander to give the Stros a 1-0 series lead.

Lance McCullers Jr., Christian Javier, and Luis Garcia are all capable. The bullpen rocks. Houston’s 2.80 bullpen ERA ranked first in MLB during the regular season.

Houston Astros Hitting

The Astros lineup is as solid as it gets. During the regular season, the Stros ranked seventh in team batting average. Houston batted .248 as a team. Houston ranked fourth in home runs with 214.

The Astros top home run hitter is AL MVP contender Yordan Alvarez. The Stros’ designated hitter smashed 37 home runs and batted .306. Kyle Tucker led the team in RBIs with 107. Second baseman Jose Altuve had 158 hits.

Astros vs. Phillies 2022 World Series Betting Analysis

This David and Goliath match up won’t go David’s way. The problem the Phillies have in this series is getting to the Astros’ starters. Verlander is close to unhittable. Even if you get to Justin, or Valdez, or McCullers Jr., you must deal with the best bullpen in baseball.

On the flip side, Philadelphia’s BP isn’t great and the starters will struggle to keep Houston from scoring early inning runs. Bryce Harper is one of the best players in baseball. But even Bryce can’t do it all on his on versus the Houston Astros’ pitchers.

It’s tough to back a team to sweep the World Series, but this is a massive mismatch. Stros take the Fall Classic in 4.

2022 World Series Prediction Astros in 4

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