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Phillies vs Astros World Series Game 1 starting lineups and pitching match

The Astros and Phillies enter this World Series which begins Friday night at Minute Maid Park on opposite ends of the playoff streak.

Houston is the established elite, having been the No. 1 seed in the American League and now having qualified for the Fall Classic in four of the past six seasons. The Astros are a perfect 7-0 in the playoffs, and they’re chasing a World Series crown that might not quell all the angst over their 2017 trash title, but would certainly cement them as stars. organization that owns October more than any other in MLB right now.

The Phillies, on the other hand, are upstarts, squealing in October for the first time since 2011 with help from the newly minted third Wild Card spot, then squeezing their way past more famous teams to make it to the World Series for the first time. since making back-to-back appearances in ’08-09.

The Astros have won 19 more games than the Phillies in the regular season. But all that matters now, as Game 1 rolls around, is that both clubs enter this series with rested aces and major momentum. Will Houston’s recent experience be an advantage or will Philadelphia be heading for a championship that few could have seen coming? We will start to have an answer Friday evening.

When is the game and how can I watch it?

Game 1, which airs on FOX at 8 p.m. ET/7 CT, is scheduled for Friday.

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Who are the starting pitchers?

Phillies: Ace Zack Wheeler (12-7, 2.82 ERA) is expected to start Game 1. He is 1-1 with a 1.78 ERA in four postseason starts, with 25 strikeouts and just three walks in 25 1/3 innings. He missed a month at the end of the season with tendonitis in his right forearm and the time spent seems to have rejuvenated him. Wheeler pitches some of the best baseball players of his career at the most important moment of his career.

Astros: Justin Verlander (1-0, 6.30 ERA in the playoffs) is expected to start Game 1 in Houston. Verlander started Game 1 of the AL Division Series against the Mariners, giving up six runs and 10 hits over four innings, and pitched better on his start in Game 1 of the AL Championship Series, allowing one run and three hits safe in six innings against the Yankees. . His last regular season start was on Oct. 4 against the Phillies and he didn’t allow a hit in five innings, capping a regular season in which he was 18-4 with a 1 ERA. .75 and will likely win his third Cy Young Award. In Verlander’s postseason career, he’s 15-11 with a 3.55 ERA in 33 games (32 starts), but he’s 0-6 with a 5.68 ERA in seven World Series starts.

What might the starting lineups look like?

Phillies: Philadelphia entered the World Series with its top four hitters swinging the bat well. Manager Rob Thomson has been pretty consistent with the Phils’ playoff roster, with the only changes being center fielder and shortstop. Brandon Marsh and Bryson Stott start against right-handers, while Matt Vierling and Edmundo Sosa start against left-handers.

Astros: Why waste a good thing? Martín Maldonado will catch Verlander in Game 1, which means he’ll be ninth behind Chas McCormick, who got most starts at center in the playoffs and should be in Friday’s lineup.

How will the paddocks line up after the starter?

Astros: The Astros posted the best bullpen ERA in the regular season in the major leagues and the relief corps pitched even better in the playoffs. Houston relievers have allowed three runs — all on solo homers — and 14 hits while striking out 42 batters in 33 innings this postseason. Bryan Abreu, Héctor Neris, Rafael Montero and closer Ryan Pressly have become Dusty Baker’s top four high-leverage bullpen arms, but there’s depth beyond that. Ryne Stanek, who had a 1.15 ERA in the regular season, has some swing-and-miss stuff and the Astros still have two starters in the bullpen: José Urquidy, who has yet to pitch in the playoffs playoffs, and Luis Garcia, whose only playoff outing was five scoreless innings in relief to close Game 3 of the ALDS.

Phillies: The Phils are healthy.

Astros: Houston is as healthy as it has been all season. Outfielder Michael Brantley (shoulder surgery) and receiver Jason Castro (knee surgery) were ruled out for the season in June.

Who’s hot and who’s not?

Phillies: Harper is batting .419 with six doubles, five homers, 11 RBIs and a 1.351 OPS in the postseason. He hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning of Game 5 on Sunday to send Philadelphia to the World Series, earning NLCS MVP for his efforts.

Schwarber is batting .368 with three home runs, four RBIs and a 1.442 OPS in his last seven playoff games.

Gurriel is 11 for 30 (.367) and Bregman is 10 for 30 (.333) in the playoffs.

Altuve, who started the playoffs 0 for 25, had two hits in Game 4 of the ALCS.

Alvarez is 7 for 29 with two home runs and eight RBIs in the postseason, but he was 3 for 14 in the ALCS.

Anything else fans might want to know?

• This is the Phillies’ first trip to the World Series since 2009, when they lost to the Yankees in six games.

• The Astros are 11-1 in October (regular season and playoffs). The only team to have beaten them during this period? The Phillies, who won 3-0 on October 3 in Houston.

• The Astros and Phillies have met once before in the playoffs. It was 1980, when Houston split the first two games in the best-of-five NLCS, won Game 3, then dropped the last two games. Four of the five games went to extra innings.

• The Astros are 9-15 all-time in World Series games, having lost six of their last eight games in the Fall Classic. Houston is 3-9 all-time at home in the World Series, having lost six of its last seven World Series home games.