World Series Game 1 — Highlights and takeaways

Game 1 of the 2022 World Series is finally here.

From the American League, the Houston Astros continue to make their case as one of baseball’s modern dynasties. This is their fourth World Series appearance in six years, and they have made a run in the championship game, sweeping the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees in crucial fashion. Jeremy Pena and Chas McCormick were on fire in the AL Championship Series, combining for four home runs and OPSing over 1.000.

In the National League, the Philadelphia Phillies continue their Cinderella run. After winning just 87 games during the regular season, the Phillies have gone on a roll in the postseason, posting a 9-2 record, including a 3-1 rout of the defending champion Atlanta Braves in the NL Division Series. The team has been hitting its stride throughout the playoffs, with Kyle Schwarber hitting a 488-foot home run and Bryce Harper hitting a game-winning shot to define a legacy in the NLCS.

Will Philadelphia knock off the juggernaut, or will Houston add a second championship to its repertoire? It started on Friday night in Houston. We’ll be here with the best specs, reviews and releases.

A complete new football game

The Astros added lefty Will Smith — the closer for the champion Atlanta Braves a year ago — to the roster for this round. Dusty Baker is in perfect position to use lefties Brandon Marsh and Kyle Schwarber to lead off the fifth against a tiring Justin Verlander. Marsh hit .188 against lefties and Schwarber hit .193 this season.

But there was Verlander back there and Marsh doubled, Schwarber walked and JT Realmuto tied the game with a double. These Phillies are unstoppable, that’s for sure. In our forecast file going into the series, I warned that Baker could leave the starter for a long time at some point – and we saw it happen. A lot of football going here, but a 5-0 flurry has turned a surprise into a good game. – David Schoenfield

Phillies on the board

Just like that, the Phillies got right back into the game, scoring three runs on Justin Verlander and a double in the fourth inning. Verlander appeared to catch a break when Rhys Hoskins grounded out to third base on Bryce Harper’s double to right field, but Nick Castellanos relieved Hoskins with a single to left and Alec Bohm drove down the left field line. ‘left side. two signs.

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Now comes the big question: How long will Dusty Baker stick with Verlander? Only we have a deep, bullpen that allowed three runs in 33 innings in the postseason. After Verlander gave up a 10-pitch walk to Bryson Stott after three runs scored, on top of throwing 31 pitches in the inning, Baker should consider going to the bullpen for the fifth with 9-1-2 hitters and -come. up. The Astros have a bullpen arm to cover five innings. –Schoenfield

Kyle Tucker Sports

The game was shorthanded as Kyle Tucker drove in a 3-2 sinker from Aaron Nola for a three-run home run and a 5-0 lead for the Astros in the bottom of the third. John Smoltz made a big point in the broadcast and Nola didn’t look like he wanted to go back to his transition since Tucker stopped him in the second quarter. So even though Nola went 0-2, he stuck to fastballs and curveballs. Tucker latched onto a fastball and ground it at 105.3 mph and 395 feet to right-center, becoming the first Astros player with a multi-homer game in the World Series. We have time left to see if Tucker can match Babe Ruth (twice), Reggie Jackson, Albert Pujols and Pablo Sandoval with three homers. –Schoenfield

Verlander deals

Justin Verlander has a reputation as a great pitcher in the postseason – based on two dominant performances against the Yankees in the 2017 ALCS. His world history, however, is something else: He entered the game 0-6 with a 5.68 ERA in seven career starts. That’s the third-worst ERA among pitchers who started at least five games in the World Series. In the early going, however, he was traveling: nine and nine down through three innings with four strikeouts, including a three-run strikeout by Bryce Harper when he caught Harper spinning and missing the ball. Three straight runs over the area. –Schoenfield

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Tucker opened the score

Kyle Tucker, the unappreciated star of Houston’s lineup, put the first run of the World Series on the board with a home run on a bad-field 1-1 changeup from Aaron Nola. . That was a bad sign for Nola. He was excellent in the second start of his first postseason, allowing one scoreless run over 12.2 innings, but he did hit two career home runs in Game 2 of the NLCS in Padres, blowing a 4-0 start in the series. The Astros also ran his numbers through the first two innings, another bad sign for the Phillies, who don’t have the depth that the Astros have if Nola can’t go six or seven innings. One more bad news for the Phillies: Martin Maldonado home run to make it 2-0: The Astros have won 22 games in a row after going first, going back to the season. –Schoenfield

Simone Biles represents Houston

The Eagles are pulling the Phillies

Sportswear before another game

Mike Schmidt’s Harper Channel

Bryce Harper entered Game 1 wearing the jersey of Philadelphia Phillies legend and Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt. It’s not the first time Harper has paid tribute to Schmidt — earlier this season, he did a video recreating Schmidt’s coverage of the 1987 Phillies Media Show.

Game 1 lineups and pitchers

Beginners: Aaron Nola (11-13, 205 IP, 3.25 ERA, 235 K) vs. Justin Verlander (18-4, 175 IP, 1.75 ERA, 185 K)

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Philadelphia Phillies

1. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF (.218 AVG, 46 HR, .827 OPS)
2. Rhys Hoskins (R) 1B (.246 AVG, 30 HR, .794 OPS)
3. JT Realmuto (R) C (.276 HR, 22 HR, .820 OPS)
4. Bryce Harper (L) DH (.286 AVG, 18 HR, .877 OPS)
5. Nick Castellanos (R) RF (.263 AVG, 13 HR, .694 OPS)
6. Alec Bohm (R) 3B (.280 AVG, 13 HR, .713 OPS)
7. Bryson Stott (L) SS (.234 AVG, 10 HR, .653 OPS)
8. Jean Segura (R) 2B (.277 AVG, 10 HR, .723 OPS)
9. Brandon Marsh (R) CF (.245 AVG, 11 HR, .679 OPS)

Houston Astros

1. Jose Altuve (R) 2B (.300 AVG, 28 HR, .921 OPS)
2. Jeremy Pena (R) SS (.253 AVG, 22 HR, .715 OPS)
3. Yordan Alvarez (L) LF (.306 AVG, 37 HR, 1.019 OPS)
4. Alex Bregman (R) 3B (.259 AVG, 23 HR, .820 OPS)
5. Kyle Tucker (L) RF (.257 AVG, 30 HR, .808 OPS)
6. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B (.242 AVG, 8 HR, .647 OPS)
7. Trey Mancini (R) DH (.239 AVG, 16A I HR, .751 OPS)
8. Chase McCormick (R) CF (.245 AVG, 14 HR, .738 OPS)
9. Martin Maldonado (R) C (.186 AVG, 15 HR, .600 OPS)


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