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MLB Best Bets Today for World Series Game 3 (October 31)

Peter Dewey
Ben Heisler
Josh Yourish
Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve.
Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. / Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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Looking for some best bets for Game 3 of the World Series?

You've come to the right place, as the BetSided team has a pick for the Houston Astros-Philadelphia Phillies game outcome, and a prop bet you can take as well on Monday night.

With the series tied at one game apiece, both teams have a chance to take control in Philadelphia tonight. Let's get into the picks for Game 3:

Houston Astros vs. Philadelphia Phillies Odds, Prediction and Pick

  • Pick: Astros Moneyline (-130)

I picked the Phillies to win the World Series this year, and while I still believe they're in a good position to pull off the series upset, I don't think tonight sets up well for them.

Phillies manager Rob Thomson has been masterful in managing his bullpen throughout the playoffs, and he'll need to have that same magic touch tonight to have a shot at pulling off the slight upset. Syndergaard has been solid in his three playoff appearances, but has only pitched 5.1 total innings all postseason, including three innings in his one start vs. the Atlanta Braves during the NLCS. If it becomes a bullpen game, the Phillies' pen ranked eighth-worst in baseball in reliever ERA this season at 4.27., and were third-worst in walks-per-nine-innings (BB/9).

The key question on Houston's side is which Lance McCullers Jr. shows up tonight? His first postseason start vs. the Seattle Mariners was absolutely dominant, going six strong shutout innings in the ALDS with only two hits allowed and seven strikeouts. In his falling start vs. the New York Yankees, McCullers grinded out five innings, but allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits.

McCullers also has some familiarity with this Phillies lineup. In his final start of the regular season, he looked sharp vs. Philly; allowing just one run in six innings which came off a solo home run.

While familiarity normally favors the hitters, McCullers should have the confidence he needs against a dangerous Philadelphia lineup tonight, after already facing them just several weeks ago and pitching well. His ability to give them more length, along with the better overall bullpen offers the Astros the edge in Game 3. -- Ben Heisler

Jose Altuve Over 1.5 Total Bases

Jose Altuve is hot right now. John Smoltz was saying on the broadcast in Game 1 that it looked like he was finally seeing the strike zone and putting good swings on the ball.

He was right because Game 2 was huge for Altuve.

Altuve is second all-time in postseason home runs and has a postseason OPS of .865 for his career. This slump wasn’t going to last forever and now that he is out of it he might career Houston to the title. 

Follow all Josh Yourish’s bets HERE


Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

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