2022 World Series Game 1: Aaron Nola vs. Justin Verlander

It’s hard to believe, but here we are talkin’ Philadelphia Phillies baseball at the end of October. Fans are hanging on every pitch and every at-bat of the Fightin’s quest to bring home a third baseball World Championship.  But in their way will be the two-time, reigning and defending American League Champion Houston Astros.  

The Phillies will send Aaron Nola to the mound to take on the Astros’ Justin Verlander in Game 1 of the 2022 World Series. First pitch is set for 8:03 PM/Eastern on Fox Sports. 

  • Date: October 28, 2022
  • Where: MinuteMaid Park — Houston, Texas
  • When: 8:03 PM/Eastern
  • TV: Fox, Fox Sports App – with Joe Davis and John Smoltz
  • Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP and the Phillies Radio Network – with Scott Franzke, Larry Andersen, and Tom McCarthy 

Pitching Matchup

Aaron Nola (2-1, 3.12 ERA) vs. Justin Verlander (1-0, 6.30 ERA)

Nola’s Last Outing– 10/19/22 at San Diego (NLCS Game 2), Loss, 4.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 HR, 6 K, 1.10 WHP

Verlander’s Last Outing– 10/19/22 at New York-AL (ALCS Game 3), Win, 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 1 HB, 1 BB, 11 K, 1.50 WHIP

Phillies vs. Verlander 

  • Jean Seugra: 4-for-14 with 1 2B and 1 HR
  • Bryce Harper: 2-for-5 with 2 1B and 2 K
  • Nick Castellanos: 1-for-8,with 1 2B, 1 BB, and 4 K
  • Brandon Marsh. J.T. Realmuto, Kyle Schwarber, Rhys Hoskins, Alec Bohm, & Bryson Stott: hitless for their career vs. Verlander

Astros vs. Nola

  • Jose Altuve: 2-for-5 with 1 2B and 2 K
  • Christian Vasquez: 2-for-7 with 2 2B, 2 BB, and 2 K
  • Yordan Alvarez:1-for-3 with 1 1B and 2 K
  • Yuli Gurriel, Jeremy Pena, Aledmys Diaz, and Trey Mancini: hitless vs. Nola

Season Series

Houston took the 2022 season series 2-to-1.   The Phillies defeated the Astros on October 3 behind 6.2 scoreless innings from Aaron Nola to clinch a postseason berth. The remaining two games of the series were handled like Spring Training games by both clubs. 

Storylines to Watch in Game 1

  • Astros’ starter Justin Verlander is 0-6 with a 5.86 ERA in the World Series
  • Bryce Haper in the Postseason: .419/.444/.907 with 5 HR, 6 2B, and 11 RBI
  • Astros’ Alex Bregman in the Postseason: .333/.375/.600 with 2 HR, 2 2B, and 7 RBI
  • Aaron Nola is coming off of his first less than 6 IP outing since August 30
  • Phillies slugged 10-home runs and 25-runs in the NLCS vs. Atlanta
  • Astros have not lost a game this postseason, 7-0 with two straight series sweeps (SEA and NYY)

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