The Philadelphia Phillies are back home Wednesday for a doubleheader against the New York Yankees, starting at 4:05 p.m.
It will be their first home game in 10 days.
Bearing in mind that all doubleheaders this year will be seven innings, here’s a little betting buzz for the Phillies vs. Yankees.
Two games. Fourteen innings. Lots of what-ifs.
Phillies vs. Yankees doubleheader odds
|Game 1 (4 p.m. ET)||DraftKings||FanDuel||Fox Bet||PointsBet|
|Game 2 (7 p.m. ET)*||DraftKings||FanDuel||Fox Bet||PointsBet|
*Note: Game 2 starts 30 minutes after Game 1 ends. Both games are seven innings.
Watch the Yankees’ pitchers and Phillies’ hitters
The Phillies announced their pitchers, Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler, for the doubleheader. The Yankees have JA Happ and Jordan Montgomery.
Both teams had a scheduled Tuesday rainout to consider their lineups. The Yankees have played nearly every day this season, and their pitching staff is spread more thinly.
They also have a big weekend series coming up in Tampa Bay. This bodes well for the Phillies.
The Phillies bats did not look rusty Monday night in a 6-3 loss to the Bronx Bombers in Yankee Stadium. They had eight hits and scalded several balls in the sixth inning against Yankees ace Gerrit Cole.
Although Cole got the win and became 3-0, the Phillies swung the bats well. Middle relief is what cost them the game.
Phillies’ pitching is key in doubleheader
These games “lay right” for the Phillies, and there is a good chance they can win at least one of them.
Nola and Wheeler are probably their two best pitchers and looked sharp in their debuts against the Miami Marlins a few days back. Wheeler obtained the only Phillies win of the season, going seven strong innings in a 7-1 Phillies triumph.
He looked every bit like the pitcher they thought they were getting via the free-agency route. Wheeler had his best year in 2019, striking out 195 batters. In his Phillies debut, he went seven innings and gave up one run, only five hits, and no walks.
Nola tossed five strong innings in his debut against Miami but ran into a sixth-inning snag and fell behind. Mid-inning relief cost the Phillies dearly, and they lost the game 5-2.
Moneyline bets over enticing props
The moneyline will be the easiest thing for bettors to track.
The five-inning one may not change — wherever you want to bet, that’s what you play — but the seven-inning prop changes because the seventh may involve a team’s closer.
This is also going to affect the over-under runs total for the game, as the middle-inning relief pitching that often changes games — several eighth-inning bullpen blowups occurred throughout the league last week — won’t come into play during doubleheaders.
One might normally prorate a total, reducing the projected number by two innings, but the absence of the eighth inning makes that prop riskier.
Bats likely won’t be silent, so watch the totals
Both teams generally hit well early in the game, if you want to consider the over 0.5 runs line for the first inning.
Five of the last six Yankees games have produced a first-inning run. The Yankees have absolutely smashed the ball in the opening frame. They did it again Monday, when DJ LeMahieu led off the game with a homer.
In previous games, Gio Urshela and Luke Voit hit grand slams early in the game for them. An in-game trend: The Yankees have hit a grand slam homer and three-run shot in recent games.
Both, ironically, came from Urshela. And then their offense shut down completely. Boom and bust. Keep that in mind for them.
An intangible to watch for might be Aroldis Chapman, who may or may not return for the Yankees in this series. The team’s closer will be in action soon.
The Phillies are 1-3 in the standings and against the spread. Given their long time off and the high expectations for them before the season, this is a big chance for them to make a statement.