10 things to know about Astros vs. Phillies World Series: Houston’s perfection, Philly’s strength, more

The Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies are the fighters in the 2022 World Championships. It won’t be first field at the Fall Classic until Friday, so we’re stuck with a full four days without a baseball game, thanks to both of those teams quelling their opposition to the pennant so quickly. The Phillies defeated Padres in five games while the Astros swept the Yankees in four.

In the coming days, we will have more on this series. For now, let’s roll out some of the biggest storylines and some fun tidbits at the start of introductory week.

1. They have contradictory resumes

The Astros are an undoubted force. They have been the League Championship Series six times in a row and have won four of the last six AL Banners. The only other teams to do so in the playoffs period were the Yankees. The Astros had 100 wins four times in this six-year period, and one of those years was a 60-game season. The only time they didn’t win 100 times in a full season was last year, when they won 95. That was in a totally down-to-earth year, right?

This year, the Astros have won 106 games. Phillies won only 87 in the regular season.

The biggest difference in wins between the World Championships came in 1906, when the 116-winning Cubs faced the 93-winning White Sox. We’re not very far from that record 23 this season, because it’s 19 games. By the way, these underdogs won the White Sox.

The Phillies also haven’t attended the playoffs since 2011, haven’t been to the NLCS since 2010 and haven’t won the pennant since 2009. They went without winning records between 2011 and last year, when they were a mediocre 82-80.

Oh, another thing on the stars…

2. The Astros have been perfect so far

The Phillies are 9-2 so far this post-season, he hasn’t been behind in three series and hasn’t faced an elimination. This is some excellent work. It’s also inferior to the Astros, who made a perfect 7-0.

The two teams from the era of wild cards who would ideally head into the World Championships were the 2014 Royals and the 2007 Rockies. The last time he turned an entire backgammon team in the post-season was the Reds in 1976, although they only needed to win three NLCS games and four World Championship games. The stars are already 7-0. They will need to go 11-0 to make it happen.

This is too long. It must be said that there is no reason to believe that they should do this in order to be remembered. 11.3 will do. For what it’s worth, the Astros are on a nine-game winning streak dating back to the regular season. Their latest loss came on October 3rd… against the Velez.

3. Dusty Baker is on a mission

Astros manager Dusty Baker won a ring with the Dodgers in 1981 as a player. However, he is in his 25th season as a manager, and despite winning a division title with five different teams (a record) and three flags, he has never won a world championship ring as a captain. The 73-year-old should be headed into the Hall of Fame, but he’s definitely going to love this dodgy ring. Many will root for the man who has long been popular in baseball circles.

4. The Tuff and Bergman effect

The Astros have already made a bunch of sales since the 2017 title. Only five players remain: Jose Altoff, Alex Bergman, Yuli Gouriel, Lance McCullers Jr. and Justin Verlander.

Let’s focus on Altuve and Bregman for different reasons.

Altuve started the playoffs 0 for 25 before he got a hit. This is one of the most decorated hitters in post-season history. He is second in the home playoffs, third in running, eighth in RBI, ninth in hits and fourth in total bases. The Astros were able to win all seven matches without much, if any, help from the Altuve racket. He would surely help them complete the task if he came.

On that front, Altuve got two hits in Game 4 of the ALCS. He beat a hitter and then jumped one into the right field, very quietly. “It feels like a leadership line in the penalty area,” my dad would always tell me. That’s right and maybe getting those hits snaps into Altuve before the World Championships starts.

Burgman does not need help settling. He had a split at the world championships last year and was the subject of questions the whole time. Baker ended up dropping him in the batting order. In the seven games so far this season, Bergman is 10 for 30 (.333) with two doubles, two homers and seven RBI.

With the way Jeremy Pena swings the two holes and how terrifying Yordan Alvarez is in third, Altuve and Bregman are well on the one and four point giving the Astros such a ridiculous super ranking.

Speaking of this topic…

5. Phillies has a powerful punch

The Phillies aren’t too shabby on top either.

The leading man, Kyle Schwarber, has been the National League captain – and the “non-judge” leader – at home races with 46 times this season. He was brutal in the first two rounds of the playoffs this year, but hit three Homers in 15 bats in the NLCS. He now has 12 playoffs at home in 145 rackets.

Two-hole hitter Rhys Hoskins hit just 0.182 in this post-season, but out of eight hits, five were home runs. He’s hit some huge goals too, and has 11 RBI in 11 games.

Bryce Harper is the hottest on the planet right now. Through his 11 playoffs, he made .419/ .444/ .907 with six pairs, five home runs, 11 RBI and 10 runs.

JT Realmuto isn’t flabby between Hoskins and Harper either.

6. It all starts with promotion (on both sides)

Much of the Phillies pair of aces have been made in Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola. All of them are able to put the team on their back for 6-7 runs at any start. If this series lasts seven games, they will get the ball combined four times. Ranger Suárez is a very good #3 too, as we saw in his NLCS game 3.

The Astros counter with Hall of Famer and potential Cy Young 2022 winner Justin Verlander in Game 1. The left-handed Framber Valdez has led the All-Star AL in the rounds this season and is the No. 2 starter. Then there would likely be an arrangement for Christian Jaffer and Lance McCullers Jr. Would it be an exaggeration to say four aces? Can. Maybe not.

We will see a lot of great start to promote this series.

7. The Astros have the advantage of Bullpen

The Astros had the best bulb, based on blocking runs, in baseball this year. They also have over four very good starters, so they bumped some of them to the points list in the playoffs, such as Javier (at ALDS), Luis Garcia, Hunter Brown and Jose Urquidi (although it hasn’t been used yet).

Closer Ryan Pressly along with set-up guys Rafael Monteiro and Hector Neres will probably get the most clout, but they’re very deep.

In 33 rounds of relief so far this postseason, the Astros have a 0.82 Bullpen ERA and 0.73 WHIP.

At the end of Velez, they will be looking to use leftist Jose Alvarado and right-winger Seranthoni Dominguez to their best moments, with some David Robertson, Zach Evelyn, Andrew Bellati and Brad Hand.

The Phillies already have 3.19 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in the playoffs from their boosters, but this group’s chances of blasting a game are much higher than the Astros.

8. Velez has a suspicious defense

In terms of defensive efficiency, a very simple measure of the percentage of balls in play transferred to teams, Velez ranked 24th this season. They were the last time among the playoff teams. The stars ranked third. Other actions, such as defensive memorizing drills, made Velez a similarly poor rank.

The problem is mostly with the range, as it’s stuck with some DHs which should be in the outer corner areas and possibly the first base as well. Speaking of which, we saw some blunders from Hoskins at the start and in some other areas as well. Eye test alone says they are inferior in this aspect of the game.

9. There is a personal history

Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola and third Astros businessman Alex Bergman both went to LSU. At the same time. They were roommates. Some would say this is interesting or even fun.

On the family front, the Phillies just wrapped up a NOLA vs NOLA (Aaron vs. Austin, Padres hunter) match in Game 2 of the NLCS. In reality they would never have another, even though Mattoon is on both teams. Astros loyalist Phil Mattoon ditched a single for his brother, Phillies, companion man Nick Mattoon, on October 5. Shortly thereafter, Phil broke his hand while punching a closet in frustration. He is out for the series. Nick wasn’t on the NLCS list in Phillies either, so it’s just a matter of family pride as to who will get a ring.

10. It’s their first match in the World Championships

We’ve never seen this fall classic before. Perhaps everyone who reads has already figured it out. The Astros just moved into the MLS in 2013, well, the Phillies haven’t been in the playoffs since then and now.

We are on the line of those. Last year the Braves and Astros debuted. The year before, the Dodgers had never played against Reese before, nor had the National Astros (2019). In 2018, it was kind of a rematch. The Red Sox-Dodgers World Series hasn’t happened since 1916, when the franchise was Brooklyn Robins.

In 2017 (Astros-Dodgers), it was a debut too, as was 2016 (Cubs-Cleveland).

The last time we got a repeat of the World Championships when both franchises had the same name? Boston Red Sox vs St. Louis Cardinals, in 2013. Also happened in 2004, 1967 and 1946.


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