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The 2022 World Series has one power team, the Houston Astros and one underdog team, the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies took the Wild Card route through the National League, as they swept the Cardinals in the first round, beat the defending World Series champion Braves in the divisional round and then knocked out the Padres in the NLCS. The Astros had a much easier time, as they swept away the Mariners in the divisional round, although that wasn’t easy as it looked, and then Houston routed the Yankees in four straight games to win the ALCS. The Astros finished with 106 wins during the regular season, second only to the Dodgers 111 wins in the National League. The Phillies won just 87 games but they got hot at the right time and could prove to be an interesting test for the Astros. The Astros are listed as about a 2-1 favorite to win the 2022 World Series which begins on Friday, October 28 in Houston.

2022 World Series

Game 1 – Philadelphia 6, Houston 5

Game 2 – Philadelphia 2, Houston 5

Game 3 – Houston 0, Philadelphia 7

Game 4 – Houston 5, Philadelphia 0

Game 5 – Houston 3, Philadelphia 2

Game 6 – Philadelphia 1, Houston 4

The 2022 World Series is not without a plethora of storylines. The Phillies have some superstars of their own that could make some noise against the Astros. Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber can hit home runs with the best of them and the Phillies have some excellent starting pitcher led by Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola. On the other side, the Astros are loaded all the way around with a great pitching staff led by Justin Verlander and Framber Valdez and a lineup that is extremely deep and talented led by Yordan Alvarez and Alex Bregman. Not to be forgotten is manager Dusty Baker who is trying to win the World Series for the first time as a manager.

This will be the Astros' fourth trip to the World Series in six years but their only title during that time was in 2017 and it was tainted by an illegal sign-stealing scandal. The Astros lost the World Series last year to the underdog Atlanta Braves in six games. The Astros have the likely AL Cy Young winner in Justin Verlander but he is 0-6 in seven career World Series starts.

The Phillies were going nowhere back in June, as they were 21-29 when they fired Joe Girardi and bench coach Rob Thomson took over. The move worked and the Phillies took off. They overcame an injury to Bryce Harper and beat out the Brewers for the last Wild Card spot. They then rolled over the Cardinals and dispatched the Braves and Padres to reach the world series. The Phillies are the first third-place team to reach the World Series. Thomson is trying to become only the third manager to win the title after taking over in mid-season.

The Phillies averaged 4.61 runs per game this season which was 7th in the league. Their pitching was an issue, as they were 18th in team ERA at 3.97. The good news for the Phillies is that they were 4th in the league in quality starts.

The Astros were 8th in runs scored at 4.55 per game but they were excellent in terms of pitching, with a 2.90 ERA, 2nd in the league. The Astros also led the league in quality starts during the regular season.

The Astros are listed as almost a 2-1 favorite in World Series odds and it is hard to argue, considering they enter the 2022 World Series unbeaten in the playoffs. It is interesting to note, however, that the Phillies seem to be a team of destiny and they have plenty of star power to take down the powerful Astros in what could be a very competitive World Series.

World Series Champions (2000)

YEAR WINNING TEAM LOSING TEAM
2022 Houston Astros Philadelphia Phillies
2021 Atlanta Braves Houston Astros
2020 Los Angeles Dodgers Tampa Bay Rays
2019 Washington Nationals Houston Astros
2018 Boston Red Sox Los Angeles Dodgers
2017 Houston Astros Los Angeles Dodgers
2016 Chicago Cubs Cleveland Guardians
2015 Kansas City Royals New York Mets
2014 San Francisco Giants Kansas City Royals
2013 Boston Red Sox St. Louis Cardinals
2012 San Francisco Giants Detroit Tigers
2011 St. Louis Cardinals Texas Rangers
2010 San Francisco Giants Texas Rangers
2009 New York Yankees Philadelphia Phillies
2008 Philadelphia Phillies Tampa Bay Rays
2007 Boston Red Sox Colorado Rockies
2006 St. Louis Cardinals Detroit Tigers
2005 Chicago White Sox Houston Astros
2004 Boston Red Sox St. Louis Cardinals
2003 Florida Marlins New York Yankees
2002 Anaheim Angels San Francisco Giants
2001 Arizona Diamondbacks New York Yankees
2000 New York Yankees New York Mets
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The New York Yankees have made by far the most appearances in the Fall Classic with 40. They have also won a record 27 World Series titles, and they were the last team to threepeat with three straight championships from 1998 to 2000. However, the Bronx Bombers have been unable to make the World Series since 2009.

Although the St. Louis Cardinals have been to the World Series one less time than the Los Angeles Dodgers or the San Francisco Giants, they have one more world championship to their credit. St. Louis has 11 World Series titles and last celebrated a triumph in 2011.

Younger baseball fans probably wouldn’t guess that the Oakland Athletics are the team with the next most World Series championships. The Athletics have claimed nine titles, as they won five World Series in Philadelphia between 1910 and 1930 and won three straight World Series shortly after moving from Kansas City to Oakland. Their last title came all the way back in 1989 when the Bash Brothers took the Bay Area by storm.

Only one franchise has failed to make it to a World Series after the Washington Nationals won their first title in 2019. The Seattle Mariners have yet to reach a Fall Classic despite being a franchise for over five decades. They have had greats like Randy Johnson, Alex Rodriguez, and Ken Griffey Jr., yet they have been unable to have a lot of success.

Most World Series Appearances

APPEARANCES TEAM RECORD LAST WIN
40 New York Yankees 27-13 2009
20 Los Angeles Dodgers 7-13 2020
20 San Francisco Giants 8-12 2014
19 St. Louis Cardinals 11-8 2011
14 Oakland Athletics 9-5 1989
12 Boston Red Sox 8-4 2013
11 Detroit Tigers 4-7 1984
11 Chicago Cubs 3-8 2016
10 Atlanta Braves 3-6 2021
9 Cincinnati Reds 5-4 1990
7 Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 1979
7 Baltimore Orioles 3-4 1983
7 Philadelphia Phillies 2-5 2008
6 Cleveland Guardians 2-4 1948
6 Minnesota Twins 3-3 1991
5 Houston Astros 2-3 2022
5 Chicago White Sox 3-2 2005
5 New York Mets 2-3 1986
4 Kansas City Royals 2-2 2015
2 Miami Marlins 2-0 2003
2 Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 1993
2 Texas Rangers 0-2 ---
2 San Diego Padres 0-2 ---
2 Tampa Bay Rays 0-2 2020
1 Washington Nationals 1-0 2019
1 Los Angeles Angels 1-0 2002
1 Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0 2001
1 Colorado Rockies 0-1 ---
1 Milwaukee Brewers 0-1 ---
0 Seattle Mariners 0-0 ---

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