Astros-Phillies: World Series TV Channel, Game 1 Prediction, Time, Starting Pitchers, Live Stream, Odds

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The 2022 World Series kicked off Friday night as the Houston Astros host the Philadelphia Phillies at Minute Maid Park in Game 1. The Phillies crossed the Cardinals of St. Louisthe defending World Series champion Atlanta Bravesand San Diego Padres to get to this stage. The Astros quickly sent the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees.

For the Astros, this is their fourth American League pennant in the past six years (also 2017, 2019 and 2021). The Phillies reached the playoffs for the first time since 2011 this year — it was the National League’s longest playoff drought — and it’s their first NL pennant since 2009. The Astros won a World Series ( 2017), the Phillies two (1980 and 2008).

You can view the full playoff schedule by clicking hereand here is the table of the 2022 qualifiers. Now let’s get to the important stuff for Game 1.

How to watch

Date: Friday October 28 | Time: 8:03 p.m. ET
Location: Minute Maid Park (Houston, TX)
TV channel: FOX | Direct: fuboTV (try for free)
Odds: PSI +143; HOU-170 | 6.5% (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Starting pitchers: RHP Justin Verlander (18-4, 1.75 ERA) vs. RHP Aaron Nola (11-13, 3.25 ERA)

Insight

Friday will be MLB’s first game in five days. The Astros and Phillies both wrapped up their Championship Series victories on Sunday, so they had four days to rest and get their shots in order. Additionally, the usual best-of-seven 2-3-2 format returns, with days off to travel between Games 2 and 3, and Games 5 and 6. Philadelphia’s defense will be a major X-factor in the Series. world. It’s not very good and the Astros put the ball in play more than almost any other team. The Astros will test the Phillies and their reaction will help determine the series. Overall though, it’s two very good offenses and two very good pitching teams, with Philadelphia not getting as much credit as it deserves.

Prediction

With one more win, the Astros will tie the 2014 Kansas City Royals for the most wins to start a playoff with eight. I think they get there and take Game 1 behind a good but not really great outing from Verlander, and a mid-inning rally with a homer from Yordan Alvarez in the Crawford Boxes.

Take: Astros 5, Phillies 3

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