The Philadelphia Phillies had a solid start in the World Series. Against all odds, the Phillies not only challenged the status quo, but they also opened the series with a road win that proved the team was no longer an underdog.
That statement remained consistent until the series headed back to Philly, and things went in a different direction. The Phillies are now preparing to head back to Minute Maid Park this Saturday night for Game 6 of the World Series against the Houston Astros.
As for the Astros, the team arrived in Philadelphia knowing that every play would be crucial. Expectations were high, especially after two even games in Houston.
The Phillies proved to be comfortable at their home field and took an early lead. However, the Astros were not going to let a solid regular season mark go to waste by proving why they have been one of the strongest teams in the last six years.
The Phillies not only let go of their 2-1 lead in the series, but it also seems like Philadelphia had everything they needed to power through the Astros with the home-field advantage they stole by winning Game 1.
However, the Astros recovered, and the Phillies are now down 3-2. It’s now or never for the Phillies to recover and push the series to the final game on Sunday night.
Phillies fans are now relying on Kyle Schwarber to keep leading the team to solid victories. Schwarber is now standing with 46 home runs and 94 runs batted in.
Things turned around quite fast for the Astros. First, being down 2-1 in the series after game three left the team in a weak position to fight back. With the series heading to Philly, the climb became steeper.
Still, the Astros proved why they were one of the best MLB teams during the regular season. Houston not only recovered but took what could become the most important lead of the series, which would allow them to end the series on Saturday.
Yordan Alvarez continues to lead the Astros with a .306 batting average and 37 home runs. On the mound, Justin Verlander is now standing with a 1.75 earned run average and 18 wins.
The Phillies are ready to push the series to a seventh and final game. For Philadelphia, the total has gone under in seven of their last ten games against the AL West. As for Houston, the total has gone under in eight of their previous 11 games.
The Phillies don’t have a choice. It is now or never for them to push the series to a seventh and final game.
Philadelphia knows what it takes to win at Houston. Being down by just one game is not what matters, yet breaking away from two straight losses at the World Series might prove to be harder than they think.
The Astros are ready to end the series tonight and become World Series champs. With home-field advantage, the Astros might just have what it takes to pull through with a solid game on Saturday night.
Godds Pick/Prediction: The Astros win, and the under hits.