MLB Probable Pitchers for Wednesday, November 2 (Who's Starting in World Series Game 4?)

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola.
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola. / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies dominated the Houston Astros in Game 3 on Tuesday night, improving to a perfect 6-0 at home in the playoffs with a 7-0 win. 

Philly hit five home runs off of Astros starter Lance McCullers leading to speculation that he may have been accidentally tipping his pitches during the game. 

With Game 4 at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies have a chance to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. Wednesday’s pitching matchup favors the home team on paper, but that doesn’t always tell the full story. 

Here are the probable pitchers and odds for Game 4 of the World Series: 

Houston Astros vs. Philadelphia Phillies Probable Pitchers for World Series Game 4

  • Astros: Cristian Javier (11-9. 2.54 ERA)
  • Phillies: Aaron Nola (11-13, 3.25 ERA)

Cristian Javier will make his third appearance and second start of the postseason on Wednesday night. He’s been solid so far across 6.2 playoff innings, allowing just two hits and one earned run while striking out seven. 

Javier’s last outing came against the New York Yankees back on Oct. 22, so it’s been 11 days since he took the mound for Houston. 

It will be interesting to see if the layoff helps or hurts Javier, and he is taking on Phillies Game 1 starter Aaron Nola in this matchup. 

Usually, I’d give the edge to Nola, who was a Cy Young candidate all season long, but he’s been rocked in his last two postseason starts, allowing 11 runs on 13 hits across 9.0 innings of work. He was roughed up by this Houston team for five runs in Game 1, although the Phillies came back to win 6-5. 

Houston is now an underdog for the first time all series, and I think that’s valuable with Javier and the league’s No. 1 bullpen lined up for this game. McCullers took the Astros out of Game 3 early, but if Javier can hold down Philly early, I think Houston has a chance to even the series.

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