World Series Game 5: Noah Syndergaard takes the mound looking to give Phillies 3-2 series lead before heading back to Houston
The Philadelphia Phillies have one final game at Citizens Bank Park in 2022. Game 5 of the World Series is tonight in South Philadelphia. Noah Syndergaard will take the mound against Houston Astros “ace” Justin Verlander.
Let me be very clear. We are done talking about the no hitter last night. Short memories, Phillies fans. That happened and it’s time to get over it and shift attention to tonight’s Game 5. The series is tied 2-2 and if the Fightins and get a win tonight, we have Zack Wheeler and Ranger Suarez set up for Games 6 and 7 (if necessary) in Houston this weekend.
Syndergaard pitched in the Game 4 clincher of the NLDS against Atlanta. He tossed three innings of scoreless baseball before handing it off to the bullpen to close out an 8-3 win. During that game, the Phillies bullpen combined for 15 strikeouts and walked zero. Since the NLDS game on October 15th, Syndergaard has pitched just 1.1 innings and has thrown a total of 17 pitches.
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Opposing Syndergaard will be 17-year veteran Justin Verlander. As we all know, Verlander is a MVP winner, 2x Cy-Young, ROTY, Triple Crown Winner, 9x All-Star, and World Series Winner.
It’s no secret that his resume runs deep, and he’s been one of the most dominant pitchers in all of baseball over the last 20 years. However, all changes when he gets to the World Series.
Heading into Game 1 of the World Series, Verlander made 7 career starts in the World Series (4 Houston, 3 Detroit). He had thrown a combined 38 innings and put up a miserable 0-6 record with a 5.6 8 ERA, allowing 24 runs and 35 hits with a 1.289 WHIP.
In Game 1, when the Phillies stormed back from a 5-0 deficit in Houston, Verlander lasted just 4.1 innings and allowed six hits, five earned runs, and two walks while striking out five.
Phillies at the Plate Game 1
- Kyle Schwarber: 1-4, R, BB
- Rhys Hoskins: 1-5, R
- JT Realmuto: 2-4, R, 3 RBI, BB
- Bryce Harper: 2-4, R, BB
- Nick Castellanos: 1-5, R, RBI
- Alec Bohm: 1-5, 2 RBI
Needless to say, Justin Verlander is hittable and the Phillies have a great opportunity to jump all over him early and often yet again tonight in front of their home crowd one final time this year.
Behind Syndergaard, Seranthony Dominguez is fully healthy, while Jose Alvarado got roughed up last night and threw 22 pitches. Zach Eflin threw 12 pitches last night, striking out the side in an inning of work, while David Robertson notched an inning of his own throwing 11 pitches.
You would think that anyone with an arm would be available tonight to help on the mound after Syndergaard. It will be interesting to see how Thomson works his bullpen magic with an opportunity to take a 3-2 series lead back to Houston.
World Series Game 5 – Houston Astros @ Philadelphia Phillies Odds
|Houston Astros||-1.5 (+112)||-158||O 7.5 (-104)|
|Philadelphia Phillies||+1.5 (-134)||+134||U 7.5 (-118)|
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Again, I know last night was rough for a lot of Phillies fans. We even had people fighting at Xfinity Live! after the game. Going into the World Series, I figured this would go six games. Honestly, I thought we had an opportunity to do it in five games but did not expect a complete disaster-class from Aaron Nola in not one, but two games this series after how well he pitched at the end of the regular season and into the postseason.
The sky has not fallen. This series is tied 2-2. We still have another home game and things tend to get magical at Citizens Bank Park, especially after what we had to suffer though last night. Trust the veteran leadership on this team and Rob Thomson to right the ship tonight.
The Fightins get to Verlander yet again. Phillies +134 ML. For All Things Holy.