The 2022 World Series is headed to Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros split Games 1 and 2 at Minute Maid Park over the weekend, so the World Series is now a best-of-five series as it shifts to Citizens Bank Park for Games 3-5. .
Weirdly, the Phillies are 1-3 in Game 2s this postseason and 9-0 in all other games. They surely hope that trend continues after dropping Game 2 and allowing the Astros to even the series. Houston is 8-1 in nine postseason games this October and, in the one loss, they had a 5-0 lead. They've been ahead in every game thus far.
You can view the full postseason schedule by clicking here, and . Now, let's get to the important stuff for Game 3.
How to watch
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1 | Time: 8:03 p.m. ET
Location: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
TV channel: Fox | Live stream: fuboTV (try for free)
Odds: HOU -125; PHI +105; O/U: 8
Starting pitchers: LHP Ranger Suárez (10-7, 3.65 ERA) vs. RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (4-2, 2.27 ERA)
One thing is certain: The Phillies want to avoid another 5-0 deficit in Game 3. They fell behind 5-0 early in Game 1 but were able to mount a remarkable comeback to earn a 10th-inning win. They then fell behind 5-0 in Game 2 and took the loss. The Astros are doing a great job jumping out to early leads this October -- not just against the Phillies, in all their postseason games --- and the Phillies must keep them off the board early to have their best chance to win Game 3. You can only play from behind so much and beat a team as good as Houston.
On paper, the pitching advantage is in Houston's favor because. Philadelphia's rotation thins out a bit behind Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler. There is more to life than starting pitching matchups, but sometimes one team has an advantage that is too great to ignore. I have the Astros in Game 3.
Pick: Astros 5, Phillies 3