Phillies vs. Astros World Series Game 2 starting lineups and pitching matchup

HOUSTON — Game 2 sure has a difficult act to follow.

But if the opener of this World Series in between the Phillies and Astros is any indicator, we may have something unique here.

The Phillies beat the chances and the Astros in storming back from a 5-0 third-inning deficit to win, 6-5, in an impressive 10-inning Game 1. And now, with their ace Zack Wheeler on the mound for Game 2 on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park, they’ll attempt to take a 2-0 Series lead with them when the Fall Classic moves to Philly on Monday.

“We definitely needed to pick up a game out here,” reducer David Robertson stated, “because when we get back in front of the Philly faithful, we’re in good shape.”

Let’s not go burying the Astros right now, though. This is, after all, the exact same group that opened its postseason with a 7-0 run through the American League Division Series and the AL Championship Series. And Houston is sending out Framber Valdez — who has actually permitted all of 2 made runs in 12 2/3 innings in the playoffs on the heels of an All-Star season — to the hill.

“We just need Framber to be Framber,” Houston supervisor Dusty Baker stated. “We need some innings. They kind of went through their bullpen. We went through ours. So it’s a matter of how far the starters can go.”

Neither Justin Verlander nor Aaron Nola made it past the 5th in a Game 1 that went 10 innings. So as Baker stated, even with Sunday’s off-day looming, beginning length would be invited by both clubs in this ballgame.

When is the video game and how can I view it?

Game 2, which will air on FOX at 8 p.m. ET/7 CT, is set up for Saturday.

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Who are the beginning pitchers?

Phillies: Ace Zack Wheeler (1-1, 1.78 PERIOD) begins Game 2. His 0.51 WHIP is the most affordable in any four-start period in a single postseason in MLB history. Curt Schilling is 2nd with a 0.62 WHIP over a four-start period with the D-backs in 2001, when they won the World Series. Wheeler got struck by a line drive on the within his left knee on Sunday in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. The knee is still aching, however Wheeler stated he is great and will not be impacted by it Saturday night.

Astros: All-Star left-hander Framber Valdez (1-0, 1.42 PERIOD) begins Game 2. Valdez began Game 2 of the ALDS versus the Mariners and Game 2 of the ALCS versus the Yankees. In the ALDS, he held Seattle to 2 runs and 4 hits throughout 5 2/3 innings. In Game 2 of the ALCS, he tossed 7 innings and permitted simply 2 unearned go to New York. He was 17-6 with a 2.82 period in the routine season, topping it with 5 scoreless innings versus the Phillies in the last video game on Oct. 5.

What are the beginning lineups?

Phillies: Manager Rob Thomson considered going up Bryce Harper from clean-up to 3rd in the Phillies’ lineup, however after speaking with his coaches and players, he chose to keep the lineup that got them through the very first 3 rounds of the postseason. Matt Vierling changes Brandon Marsh and Edmundo Sosa changes Bryson Stott versus Valdez.

Astros: Trey Mancini sits as he has actually had a hard time. He’s 0-for-16 in the playoffs with 6 strikeouts, though he’s one of the couple of Houston gamers to have actually dealt with Wheeler (he’s 1-for-4). Aledmys Díaz gets the start in entrusted to Yordan Alvarez relocating to DH in Game 2.

How will the bullpens line up after the starter?

Phillies: Despite Thomson going to his bullpen in the 5th inning in Game 1, he needs to have the majority of his reducers readily available in Game 2. Maybe everyone. Right-hander Seranthony Domínguez tossed 24 pitches in 1 2/3 innings. Robertson tossed 25 in the 10th. José Alvarado tossed just 7 pitches in one inning. Zach Eflin tossed 20 in 1 1/3 innings. It assists that Wheeler is on the mound. The Phils hope he can survive 6 or 7 innings, minimizing the pressure on the ‘pen.

Astros: With Verlander lasting just 5 innings in Game 1, the Astros utilized 6 reducers on Friday to cover 5 frames. The just reducer who tossed more than 16 pitches was Bryan Abreu (32), so he might be down for Game 2. Other than that, Baker ought to have his whole bullpen all set to back Valdez.

Phillies: Philadelphia is healthy getting in Game 2. Realmuto took a nasty idea that rattled his container in the 6th inning, however the catcher will be great.

“It just smoked my jaw pretty good,” Realmuto stated. “It’s probably not going to be very easy for me to eat dinner tonight, but as long as my head’s OK, I’ll be good to go.”

Astros: Houston has no injuries.

Who is hot and who is not?

Phillies: Realmuto went 2-for-4 with a double, a crowning achievement, a walk and 3 RBIs in his World Series launching. … Castellanos and Bohm are a combined .400 (10-for-25) with runners in scoring position this postseason. … Harper went 2-for-4 with a walk in Game 1. He is batting .426 (20-for-47) with 6 doubles, 5 crowning achievement, 11 RBIs and a 1.332 OPS in the playoffs.

Astros: Gurriel (13-for-34), Bregman (11-for-34), Peña (11-for-38), Tucker (9-for-33) and McCormick (6-for-23) have actually been bring Houston’s offense in the postseason and have actually integrated for 12 of the group’s 14 playoff homers. … Altuve (4-for-37) and Mancini (0-for-16) stay in playoff downturns.

Anything else fans might need to know?

• In all best-of-seven postseason series, groups winning Game 1 have actually gone on to win the series 121 of 187 times (65%). In series with the existing 2-3-2 format, groups getting a 1-0 lead on the roadway have actually then taken the series 39 of 69 times (57%), consisting of the Phillies’ triumph over the Padres in the NLCS.

• The Astros and Phillies have actually played 5 successive extra-inning video games in the postseason (the last 4 video games of the 1980 NLCS in between the clubs each went to bonus).

• Tucker has 8 profession postseason homers, connecting him with Carlos Beltran and Gurriel for 5th most in Astros history.

• Gurriel has 83 postseason hits, the 2nd most in Astros history behind Altuve (95). He’s gathered a minimum of 2 hits in 4 of 8 championship game this year.

• Realmuto’s 10th-inning homer was the 3rd extra-inning homer in Phillies history, and the very first because Lenny Dykstra’s in Game 5 of the 1993 NLCS.

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