The World Series is here! Just as everyone predicted the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros will be squaring off in the fall classic. The two teams played each other in the season finale series with Houston taking two of three. The Phillies clinched a playoff spot after their game one victory. Houston has home-field in this series.
Here is the schedule for the 2022 World Series. First pitch for all games will start at 8:03 p.m. ET.
Friday 10/28 @ Minute Maid Park in Houston
Saturday 10/29 @ Minute Maid Park in Houston
Monday 10/31 @ Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia
Tuesday 11/1 @ Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia
Wednesday 11/2 @ Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia (If necessary)
Friday 11/4 @ Minute Maid Park in Houston (If necessary)
Saturday 11/5 @ Minute Maid Park in Houston (If necessary)
The two teams come in on opposite sides of the spectrum but both playing extremely well. The Phillies enter this final series as the sixth seed from the National League while the Astros are representing the American League as the number one seed.
The Phillies were 87-75 during the regular season while the Astros went 106-56.
The Phillies enter this series with a playoff record of 9-2 while Houston is 7-0. Philadelphia took down the St. Louis Cardinals in the wild card series, eliminated the defending champion Atlanta Braves in four games in the division series, and finally wore down the San Diego Padres in five games for the National League pennant.
Houston entered the postseason with a bye due to them clinching a top spot in the standings. They swept the Seattle Mariners in the division series and then proceeded to sweep the New York Yankees for the American League pennant.
Hitting: This slightly favors Philadelphia. The team is absolutely loaded on offense and is getting contributions from many of their players. Star outfielder Bryce Harper is on a tear right now and it earned him the NLCS MVP trophy. Houston is more than capable of scoring runs as well but the Phillies lineup can be lethal.
Pitching: Houston gets the nod here. The Astros were one of the better pitching teams all season and that has continued into the postseason. While the Phillies pitching has been solid during the postseason, it remains to be seen if it can continue to step up. Their bullpen has been great but against a tough, patient team like Houston, the pitching for Philadelphia is a question mark. Especially the bullpen.
Manager: Also going to give the edge here to the Astros. Dusty Baker has managed in the big moments before even if his teams have come up short. The future Hall of Fame manager just needs a ring to solidify his resume, and this may be his best chance to do so. Rob Thomson has been just what the Phillies have needed since he took over mid-season as the manager, but he is inexperienced at this level.
Overall: This series will likely be a good one. The teams are even throughout despite the glaring look of their regular season records. This is a gritty Phillies team that doesn’t give up even if they go down early. Houston is favored in this matchup, but the Phillies shouldn’t be taken lightly at all. Here is how many of the TWSN analysts see this series going:
Matt Levine: Phillies in five. J.T. Realmuto MVP
James Bassil: Phillies in seven. Bryce Harper MVP
Logan Fulmer: Astros in seven. Kyle Tucker MVP
Marissa Myers: Phillies in six. Rhys Hoskins MVP
Logan VanDine: Astros in six. Alex Bregman MVP
Steve Rivera: Phillies in six. Kyle Schwarber MVP
Evan Theoharis: Astros in seven. Yordan Álvarez MVP
Tristen Kuhn: Phillies in six. Bryce Harper MVP
Pranav Sriraman: Astros in five. Yordan Álvarez MVP