PHILADELPHIA – Rain may have delayed it another day, but Tuesday night’s Game 3 of the World Series will feature a new face in an already sparkling series that saw the Phillies and Astros each pick up one victory.
That character is Citizens Bank Park, a stadium that has already spent this month reminding the world just how rowdy the scene can be in October. Do you think the energy and cacophony will escalate now that the World Series has moved to Philly?
Yes, it sounds like an obvious thing.
“We feel like that’s another element that the road team is going to have to deal with,” Phillies outfielder Kyle Schwarber said. “(Phillies fans) have done their part during this postseason.”
Not only are the Phillies 21-9 in their CBP history (the best home record for any stadium that has hosted at least 20 playoff games), but they are 5-0 at home this October.
And it just so happened that 5-0 was the lead the Astros built against Phillies aces Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler in Games 1 and 2. The first of those leads was gone, the second was. Now it will be Ranger Suarez’s job to make sure the Astros don’t take another similar lead, and Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr.’s job. will be to emulate Framber Valdez’s great start in Game 2.
I’m looking forward to feeling that crowd, McCullers said. “I’ve heard a lot about the Philadelphia fan base. I’m a big fan of the game and I think it’s going to be a great moment.”
When is the game?
Game 3 of the World Series will be played on Tuesday at 8:00 PM ET/7 CT.
Who are the beginners?
Astros: McCullers (0-0, 2.45 ERA this postseason) will make his third playoff start in 2022, after playing in the ALDS and ALCS playoff games. The right-hander pitched six scoreless innings in the Astros’ 18-inning win over Seattle in Game 3 of the ALDS and gave up four runs (three earned) on eight hits and a shutout in just over five innings in the game. ALCS vs. Yankees in New York. This will be his first World Series start since 2017, when he started Game 7 against the Dodgers and went 2 1/3 innings in Houston’s title game.
Phillies: Ranger Suarez will start Game 3 on Tuesday and Aaron Nola will start Game 4, the Phillies announced after the game was postponed. Noah Syndergaard was initially the one to start Game 3, but manager Rob Thomson adjusted his rotation after the inclement weather.
What would be the likely lineups?
Astros: before it was published suspension On Monday, Baker announced his lineup and decided to test rookie David Hensley at the DH position in Game 3 because of the offensive struggles of Trey Mancini (0-for-16) and Aledmys Diaz (1-for-18). in the postseason:
1. Jose Altuve, 2B
2. Jeremy Peña, St
3. Yordan Alvarez, LF
4. Alex Bregman, 3B
5. Kyle Tucker, RF
6. Yuli Gurriel, 1B
7. David Hensley, BD
8. Chas McCormick, CF
9. Martin Maldonado, C
**Phillies: **Thomson was asked about possible lineup changes during the postseason, but for now he’s sticking with it. If it had worked before, the pilot explained, it would work again. Here are the lineups for Game 3 before Monday’s game was postponed:
1. Kyle Schwarber, LF
2. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
3. JT Realmuto, C
4. Bryce Harper, BD
5. Nick Castellanos, RF
6. Alec Bohm, 3B
7. Bryson Stott, SS
8. Jean Segura, 2B
9. Brandon Marsh, CF
How do bullpens form after starting?
Astros: Baker worked Bryan Abreu (Game 1) and Rafael Montero (Game 2) for 1 2/3 innings in each of the first two games, but Sunday’s layoff should allow the Astros to get their bullpen back. If McCullers can give them six innings and take the lead, the Astros will have Abreu, Hector Neris, Montero and closer Ryan Pressly for the final four innings.
Phillies: If we’ve learned anything this postseason, it’s that Thomson will be aggressive with his bullpen. So expect them all to be available for Game 3. Especially after going through Sunday and the postponed game on Monday. For most of the postseason, Thomson used Dominican right-hander Seranthony Dominguez and Venezuelan left-hander Jose Alvarado in the eighth and ninth innings. But in the first game of the World Cup, the manager used Alvarado in the fifth and Dominguez for 1.2 innings. behind those two are Zach Eflin, David Robertson, Andrew Bellatti and Connor Brogdon.
Any injuries to highlight?
Astros: Houston does not report any injured players.
Phillies: Philadelphia is healthy heading into Game 3.
Who is horny and who is not?
Astros: Altuve went 3-for-4 in Game 2 of the World Series and is just one hit shy of 100 in his postseason career. The Venezuelan has the fifth most hits in Major League playoff history. … Pena’s eight extra-base hits this postseason are the fourth-most by a rookie in a single postseason. … Álvarez’s 18 RBIs since the start of the 2021 playoffs are second only to teammate Tucker (20).
Phillies: Harper snapped his 11-game hitting streak this postseason when he went 0-for-4 in Game 2. Harper hit .455 (20-for-44) with six doubles, five homers, 11 RBIs and a 1.410 OPS during that stretch. postseason streak. … Dominguez has a 0.96 ERA in seven postseason appearances. The Quisqueyan has tallied 18 strikeouts without giving up a walk in 9.1 innings.
Anything else fans should know?
• In postseason series with the current 2-3-2 format, teams that have split the first two games at home have won 47 of 86 times (55%). In best-of-seven series tied 1-1, the winner of Game 3 won 68 of 98 times (69%).
• The Astros are 6-6 all-time in World Series road games, winning five of their last seven Fall Classic road games.