Game 4 in any best-of-seven series is, to me, the pivotal affair when a team is up two games to one.
Either it becomes a 3-1 lead and almost insurmountable — but just ask the 2016 Cubs about that! — or it’s tied 2-2 and becomes best-of-three.
So the Astros have their work cut out for them tonight. They hit Aaron Nola pretty hard in Game 1. We’ll see if they can do that again. One reason they might:
From the You Can't Predict Baseball Department (which is always open for business), the only Phillies pitchers to allow a run in this World Series so far are Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola.— Anthony Castrovince (@castrovince) November 2, 2022
Wheeler/Nola: 10 runs in 9 1/3 innings
Rest of staff: 0 runs in 17 2/3 innings
All three of the games so far have featured the home team taking a big early lead:
2022 World Series— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) November 2, 2022
Game 1: home team (Astros) jumps out to 5-0 lead
Game 2: home team (Astros) jumps out to 5-0 lead
Game 3: home team (Phillies) jumps out to 6-0 lead
That Phillies lead actually wound up at 7-0, as you know.
So maybe this game will be closer.
7:03 p.m. CT: Astros at Phillies. Cristian Javier (RHP) vs. Aaron Nola (RHP). TV: Fox. Announcers: Joe Davis, John Smoltz, Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci.
Astros lineup vs Aaron Nola: pic.twitter.com/KNsIUfpdoE— Julia Morales (@JuliaMorales) November 2, 2022
A reminder that ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2022 MLB Postseason games,
Discuss amongst yourselves.