2022 World Series: Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros face off for a place in MLB history




CNN

The 2022 World Series is a classic case of odds against odds.

The Houston Astros, the top seed in the American League playoffs, enter Friday’s Game 1 as most, including bookmakers, look to win the franchise’s second World Series crown.

However, the Philadelphia Phillies have already upset the odds three times en route to the Fall Classic, entering the National League playoffs as the lowest seed among the six teams.

The Astros, now in their fourth World Series in six years, are rightly considered favorites after going undefeated in the playoffs, defeating the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees.

Astros pitcher Justin Verlander says the team is focused on building a dynasty.

“I’d certainly like to clinch another tournament to really drive that point home, and here’s our chance to do that,” he told reporters.

“But, yeah, obviously, we’ve been one of the best franchises in the history of the game from this run that we’ve had.”

However, the two previous teams that have swept the Division Series and conference championships have lost the World Series: the 2014 Kansas City Royals and the 2007 Colorado Rockies.

Houston is looking to reverse the upset of its previous two World Series visits, where it lost to the Washington Nationals in 2019 and the Atlanta Braves in 2021. The Astros’ only previous World Series victory came when they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers. in 2017

That victory, however, is marred in controversy.

After the win, Astros owner and president Jim Crane fired then-manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, who were suspended by MLB for a season without pay over the sign-stealing scandal.

Major League Baseball found the club illegally created a system that decoded and communicated pitch signals from opposing teams during the 2017 championship season.

The team forfeited its traditional first- and second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 drafts and paid a $5 million fine.

The Astros retained their title, but for many non-Houston fans, it will be shrouded in scandal.

“The Phillies are good at a lot of things, but at everything they’re good at — the rotation, the lineup, the bullpen — the Astros are just a little better, except on defense, where the Astros are MUCH better.” MLB analyst Mike Petriello told MLB.com.

But St. After winning the playoffs against the St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres, the Phillies and their fans will feel confident about pulling off a fourth and final upset.

The victory would have given Philadelphia its third World Series title, the franchise’s last coming back in 2008.

Phillies manager Rob Thomson asked his team to stay calm and not let situations get the best of them.

“Relax, really, that’s it,” he told reporters.

“It’s the World Series, it’s a big stage, but they’ve been loose the whole time during this process.

“They didn’t get caught up in the moment, they stayed in the moment, and they have to stay on the same path and get out, put your game on autopilot and go play.”

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, superstitious fans quickly began talking about a potential global financial disaster after the Phillies booked their spot in the World Series.

The Philadelphia Phillies last won the World Series in 2008.

When the Phillies last won in 2008, the world was going through a great recession and in 1980, their victory was double the recession. Back in 1929, the Wall Street Crash won the Philadelphia Athletics’ World Series.

It may come as some comfort to the most superstitious baseball fan that one of the most lopsided games in World Series history, according to MLB.com, has the largest regular season margin of victory (19) of all time. .

“I picked it against the Phillies to make the playoffs. I picked against the Phillies to win the Wild Card Series. I picked against the Phillies to win the NLDS. I picked against the Phillies to win the NLCS. I’m not going to make the same mistake five times,” New York Mets writer Anthony DiComo told MLB.com.

World Series ticket sales are up more than 145% since Monday on StubHub, a StubHub spokesperson told CNN.

“Excitement is already high for the World Series, especially in Philadelphia, where we’re seeing heightened demand for the Phillies’ first championship appearance since 2009, reflected in fans’ willingness to pay compared to games in Houston,” Adam Budelli. , a spokeswoman for StubHub, said.

The cheapest ticket on StubHub for Game 1 in Houston is $435 and the most expensive is $16,597. For Game 3, the first of the series in Philadelphia, the cheapest ticket is $560 and the most expensive is $48,345.

Game 1: Friday, October 28

Game 2: Saturday, October 29

Game 3: Monday, October 31

Game 4: Tuesday, November 1

Game 5 (if necessary): Wednesday, November 2

Game 6 (if necessary): Friday, November 4

Game 7 (if necessary): Saturday, November 5

All games will start at 20:03

In the United States, the World Series will be broadcast exclusively on FOX, as well as via digital streaming services such as DIRECTV STREAM, fuboTV, Hulu+ and YouTube TV.

In Canada, the World Series will be available on Sportsnet; In the UK, it will be available to watch on BT Sport; and in Australia, on Foxtel and ESPN.