World Series: Phillies Pitching Depth to be Tested as the Series Shifts Back to Philadelphia

Let’s not get too crazy, the Philadelphia Phillies are sitting in an advantageous position with the World Series tied at one heading to South Philly on Monday. They are undefeated, 5-0, at The Bank and they’ve stolen home field from the Houston Astros.

That should not be understated.

But they’ve done it with both ace’s pitching well below expectations. Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler allowed 5-runs each in less than 10-total innings pitched in Game 1 and Game 2. This forced Phillies manager Rob Thomson to get creative with the bullpen, and by extension, the starting rotation.

This isn’t sustainable if the Phillies want a parade down Broad St in the next week or so. And now, thanks to the lackluster performances by Nola and Wheeler, the Fightin’s will be forced to go deeper into their pitching staff as the World Series hurdles towards critical mass.

There is no margin for error heading into Game 3 and Game 4 with Noah Syndergaard and Ranger Suarez on the mound.

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World Series Game 2: Houston Astros Win 5-2, Series Tied 1-1

The Houston Astros scored 3-runs in the first inning off Phillies starter Zack Wheeler and rode 6.1 1-run innings from Framber Valdez en route to a a 5-2 victory in World Series Game 2. The Astros win tied the series at one-game apiece.

The Astros jumped on Wheeler with three doubles in the first four pitches of the game to quickly take a 2-0 lead. A throwing error by Edmundo SosaRhys Hoskins should’ve picked it— allowed another run to score to make it 3-0 ‘Stros.

That was all Houston’s Valdez would need. The crafty lefty threw 6.1 innings of one run baseball. The 28-year old allowed one run on 4-hits with 3 BBs and 9 Ks. The Phils simply didn’t have an answer for the off speed heavy hurler.

For the Phillies, Wheeler was inconsistent and struggled to find the zone. He seemed to be settling down before allowing a 2-run homer to Alex Bregman.

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World Series Game 2: Zack Wheeler vs. Framber Valdez

The Philadelphia Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the World Series thanks to a comeback, extra innings win on Friday night. The loss was the Houston Astros first in the 2022 Postseason.

The Phillies will send Zack Wheeler to the mound looking to take a commanding 2-0 series lead heading back to Philadelphia. Houston will look to lefty Framber Valdez to even the series.

  • Date: October 29, 2022
  • Where: MinuteMaid Park — Houston, Texas
  • When: 8:03 PM/Eastern
  • TV: Fox, Fox Sports App — with Joe Davis and John Smoltz
  • Radio: SportsRadio 94WIP and the Phillies Radio Network — with Scott Franzke, Larry Andersen, and Tom McCarthy

Pitching Matchup

Zack Wheeler (1-1, 1.78 ERA) vs. Framber Valdez (1-0, 1.42 ERA)

Wheeler’s Last Outing: 10/23/22 vs SD (NLCS Game 5), 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 HR, 1 HB, 8 K

Valdez’s Last Outing: 10/20/22 vs NYY (ALCS Game 2), Win, 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 9 K

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