World Series Matchup Preview: Astros Vs. Phillies

Jude Magnotti ‘26
Isaac Gramse ‘26
EE Staff Writers 

October is here, and with that the beginning of the fall classic returns to the MLB. This year’s matchup will feature the Philadelphia Phillies from the National League, and the recurring Houston Astros from the American League. Both teams have multiple star players, but who will come out on top? Will it be the Phillies, who haven’t been to a World Series since 2009, and haven’t had a winning year since 2008? Or will it be the Astros, looking to cover up their stained championship title from 2017 and finally beating a team from the NL East? Both teams have their strengths and weaknesses, but only one can come out on top. Who will it be? This is how we believe it will turn out.

Houston Astros
It seems like every year the Astros are back in this position, and it seems like every year it is the same old story. As I am sure you know the Houston Astros have been, along with the Dodgers, the powerhouse of baseball. They have bulldozed through the regular season once again and have completely dismantled elite teams like it was nothing. However, despite their success they have never been able to recapture the same level of success they achieved in 2017.

They were defeated in the World Series twice in 2019, and 2021. Now they find themselves back in this position with a third chance at redemption, once again against a team they can very conceivably beat. However, whether they will find it in themselves to win I cannot say.

Nevertheless, I do believe that on paper the Houston Astros have the best roster out of any team in the league. The most under-appreciated aspect of the Astros postseason success has been the amazing performances from their starters. It seems like whenever it comes to the playoffs, different pitchers who you have probably never even heard of come out and throw outstanding games.

Pitchers like Frambler Valdez, Lance McCullers, and even Luis Garcia have all risen to post-season stardom. And of course we cannot forget the elite Justin Verlander, who while has not been quite himself this year, is still capable of pitching great all around games. This combination of pitchers along with significant depth in the bullpen as well as closer Ryan Pressly allow the Astros to shut down the best hitters in the league with ease.

Of course, if this was not enough, they are equally as good on offense. Let me read this out for you: Jose Altuve, Yordan Alvarez, Alex Bregman, Yuri Gurriel, the list goes on! Now while that is an extremely impressive lineup, the Phillies are nothing to laugh at as well. With guys like Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber, Rhys Hoskins, and JT Realmuto, the Phillies pose a major power threat. The responsibility will come down to how the Astros pitchers will be able to contain the Phillies offense. While the Phillies have a decent pitching core, it is nowhere near the level of the Astros and as long as Houston’s pitchers are able to keep the game close, I believe the Astros offense can easily keep pace. So, will the Astros be able to rise above their past littered with scandals and defeat? Or will the Phillies be able to capture their first World Series title in over a decade. Only time will tell but one thing is for certain; we’re in for one heck of a series. Jude’s pick: Astros in 6

Philadelphia Phillies
Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, it is the time to be alive right now. After 13 years without going to a World Series game, fans are finally able to see their players truly perform.

After starting off the season poorly, firing their manager Joe Giradi, having their best hitter be put on the IL for a majority of the season due to a broken thumb, and finishing third in their division behind the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves, the team somehow overcame all the disadvantages they were dealt.

The Phillies are no stranger to loss in the postseason, having only made two postseason appearances after their 2009 loss– once in 2010, where they lost 4-2 in the NLCS to the future champions in San Francisco, then again in 2011 in the NLDS  when the Phillies went out 3-2 against the St Louis Cardinals, who would then go on the win it all that year.

However, this year, thanks to hitters like Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber, Rhys Hoskins, JT Realmuto, and Alec Bohm, the Phillies could possibly slug their way into a third championship title and they already showed the world that they can come back in any sticky situation that their pitchers might get them in.

The pitchers who will be looking to shut down the Astros offense include Zack Wheeler, Aaron Nola, Jose Alvarado, Seranthony Dominguez, and Ranger Suarez. These pitchers will have to work hard though, because the Astros have a very threatening offense. The main people the Phillies have to worry about include, ALCS MVP Jeremy Pena, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, and Trey Mancini.

Although the Astro’s sluggers will put up a tough fight at the plate, the Phillies will also need to worry about Houston’s superb pitching, those of which include Justin Verlander, Framber Valdez, Ryan Pressly, and Christian Javier. So if the Phillies want to win this series and end their championship drought, they’re going to need to put up a hell of a fight. So fans of Philadelphia, get some popcorn and a hot dog or two, because we’re in for one of the possibly most competitive World Series in baseball history. Issac’s pick: Phillies in 5




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