2022 World Series: Ben Verlander’s takeaways from Astros’ Game 5 win

The Houston Astros held off the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 on Thursday in Game 5 of the 2022 World Series.

The Astros now maintain a 3-2 collection lead heading into Saturday’s Game 6 in Houston (8 p.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports activities App).

Let’s get to some takeaways from Houston’s victory.

1. Justin Verlander‘s efficiency

He picked up his first profession World Series win in entrance of his household on the street. After the punch within the face instantly from Kyle Schwarber, it was wildly spectacular that he was capable of buckle down and are available again from that. I used to be so impressed in his skill to make changes and pitch his manner out of jams. 

Justin Verlander shares a heartfelt second along with his brother

Justin Verlander shares a heartfelt moment with his brother

Astros ace Justin Verlander displays on his first World Series win and shares a postgame second along with his brother, Ben. 

His skill to get the outs when Houston wanted them most. I can not converse extremely sufficient of his outing. That bases-loaded strikeout to Rhys Hoskins — that was unbelievable. Schwarber got here again up in an enormous spot, and he punched him out with a curveball. 

As soon as he settled in, the remaining was historical past. You would see it, one thing switched, and no Phillies have been getting a success off him.

2. Dusty Baker’s choice to stay with Verlander

Baker had an unimaginable evening. He saved sitting guys down who have been warming up within the bullpen to maintain Justin in. Baker trusted him to go on the market and to get that executed in that state of affairs, and I assumed leaving Justin in was an superior choice.

3. Holding Astros bullpen

I can not converse extremely sufficient about the way in which Baker used the bullpen all through the sport. As with Justin, Rafael Montero has been a man for Baker all season. He let him do his factor earlier than turning to Ryan Pressly, which I imagine was an excellent name within the eighth inning. 

The Astros supervisor wasn’t afraid to let his nearer go and get 5 outs. He gave Montero an opportunity, which did not work out with Jean Segura getting that hit, and he pivoted. Baker was masterful and deserves a variety of credit score for the dealing with of the Houston bullpen.

4. Jeremy Peña‘s composure

He’s a rookie taking part in within the World Series, and this man is performing like a 10-year veteran. The Astros are a World Series or two from being thought of a dynasty, and Peña felt just like the heartbeat of the Astros tonight. Peña has but to fulfill a second that has been too huge for him this World Series. 

He’s the primary rookie shortstop to hit a house run in World Series historical past, however he additionally performed some unimaginable protection as properly. He is a rookie experiencing all of this for the primary time, and he is excelling sport after sport.

World Series: Jeremy Peña’s particular evening

World Series: Jeremy Peña's special night

Ben Verlander analyzes Jeremy Peña’s unimaginable Game 5 World Series efficiency.

5. Stretching Noah Syndergaard

Heading into Game 5, Syndergaard hadn’t thrown greater than three innings in a month, so I believe his utilization was nice. He actually settled in, and there was no want for the Phillies to stretch it. 

The Phillies tried to sneak that final out with him as a result of he has been doing so properly, however it clearly did not work out in his favor with Peña’s residence run. I might’ve gone to Connor Brogdon on the prime of the fourth inning. Syndergaard was sensible, however I believe the Phillies ought to’ve taken him out earlier. 

6. A problem to Houston followers

This Philadelphia crowd tonight was so particular. There was a second after I was on my ft for 4 straight innings, and nobody sat down. The Houston followers must up their sport in the event that they need to compete with Philly followers.

7. Zack Wheeler vs. Framber Valdez in Game 6

What an outstanding rematch we’re getting after seeing this pair in Game 2. I believe Wheeler’s arm is dragging a bit. I’ll regulate his velocity in Game 6, and I encourage followers to as properly. 

If Wheeler is himself, we will get top-of-the-line postseason pitching matchups Saturday evening.

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