World Series Game 6 preview: Houston Astros look to clinch title at home




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The Houston Astros will look to capitalize on home field advantage as they prepare to face the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6 of the World Series on Saturday.

The Astros lead the game 3-2, but have a golden opportunity to take the series at their home stadium, Minute Maid Park.

If the Astros win, it would be the first time a team has won the title at home since 2013, but it hasn’t always been a happy hunting ground for the Astros.

In 2019 and 2021, the franchise saw its opponents celebrate winning the series in Houston: first the Washington Nationals and then the Atlanta Braves.

“One more win and we’re going to get to lift that trophy over our heads,” Astros pitcher Ryan Pressly told reporters before the game.

“But now the work is not finished. We have to keep going out there, being good at one-on-ones, putting together quality pitches and letting the chips fall where they may.’

As the favorite entering the series, the Astros will feel confident that they can continue their two-game winning streak, but they will face a Phillies team that is determined to make a mark.

Philadelphia rallied to within one in Game 5 and had postseason star Bryce Harper at bat in the bottom of the ninth, but a terrific catch by Astros outfielder Chas McCormick at the wall helped preserve Houston’s victory as the clock struck midnight.

Phillies manager Rob Thomson says his team will continue to fight in Houston and knows how quickly things can change in baseball.

“Sometimes you go through periods where you don’t hit with runners in scoring position and three days later, everybody’s getting hit,” he told reporters after his latest loss.

“So we have to keep fighting, that’s all.

“The approach is the same as we have had. Just go out the next day and go find them. Prepare, compete. These guys will show up, I can guarantee it. They will fight until the end.”

This year’s series has been a true fall classic and fans will have at least one more game in Houston.

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.

The game will start at 20:03.