Staff Report: Astros or Phillies… Who wins it all in the 118th installment of the WS?

Mandatory Credit: Photo by John Angelillo/UPI/Shutterstock (13508326j) The Houston Astros players take batting practice during 2022 World Series Media Day before the start of the 2022 World Series where the Houston Astros will play the Philadelphia Phillies at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX on Thursday, October 27, 2022. 2022 World Series, Houston, Texas, United States – 27 Oct 2022

Staff Report: Astros or Phillies… Who wins it all in the 118th installment of the WS?

The Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies square off tonight in the 118th installment of the Fall Classic. The Gallery Sports Staff goes on the record of what they believe the outcome will be.

“You know I love these Astros so much and I do think they win it all, but Philadelphia is a tough customer! I like the Astros to win the final game at home in Minute Maid Park as the stadium erupts in front of the entire city! Astros in six, Go Stros!!– Mattress Mack

“Good pitching beats good hitting, especially in the playoffs. Astros win a World Series that isn’t tainted and earn universal respect for their incredible achievement. Jose Altuve snaps out of his playoff slump and is voted the World Series MVP Award.” – John McClain

“Astros in five. This team is on a roll and has every advantage. Get ready to celebrate, Houston.” – Fred Faour

“The Houston Astros have been undefeated in the postseason and I believe that Dusty Baker is on his way to winning his first World Series as a manager. I predict that the Astros will continue their sweep in the fall classic, Astros 4-0. The Astros have a superior pitching lineup and with Bregman, Altuve, Alvarez, and of course our star shortstop, Pena at bat… Let’s just say I am looking forward to seeing the World Series parade in the streets of Houston very soon!” – Cara Adams 

“The Houston Astros will beat the Philadelphia Phillies in a four game sweep. The Astros are the best team in baseball, and have a champion mindset with the added momentum of a 7-game win streak in the postseason. They have not tasted defeat in this postseason and I don’t believe they will.” – Chinedu Ogu 

Gallery Sports writing team

“Houston Astros in six games. This is the year Dusty Baker finally wins the Commissioner’s Trophy as a manager, and the Houston Astros put the asterisk scandal in the rearview mirror for good. Houston’s pitching rotation and bullpen is a level above, and I believe Jose Altuve is in for a big series.” – Andy Yanez

“As a Yankee fan, this pains me to say, but I believe the Astros make short work of the Phillies in the Fall Classic. They have the edge in just about every area, starting pitching, check, bullpen, BIG check, ability to play small ball, and manufacture runs which is crucial in the postseason, check, postseason experience, check. The only area where Houston doesn’t have a clear edge is in the power department, but the Astros big boppers can match the Phillies’ sluggers dinger for dinger. Long story short, the Astros win the 2022 World Series four games to one, giving them their second World Championship in franchise history and allowing the patriarch of Gallery Sports, Mattress Mack, to collect the biggest payout in American sports wagering history. Go ‘Stros!” – Joe Spano

“Astros in five…. I think one of Philadelphia’s top two arms will do enough to steal a game, but Houston’s pitching is overwhelming. Philly’s offense has been red hot all Postseason, but this is their first extended break. I think there’s a good chance it breaks their rhythm, while Houston has proven a machine – especially late in games.” – Dalton J Brown

“With Aaron Nola being moved to the front of the rotation, I feel like Phillies skipper Rob Thomson is setting up Zack Wheeler, the stronger pitcher, and probably his bullpen to try and steal game 2. Especially against Framber who is a lefty and the Phillies have been worlds better against southpaws this season. With the series shift to Philly Thomson is hoping ‘anything can happen’ at home. But I think he takes only one game of the three from Dusty Baker as the middle and back of the Astros rotation is vastly superior to Ranger Suarez, Bailey Ober and Noah Syndergaard. Astros in six games, then the whole city of Houston celebrates for days!” – Brandon Capelo

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