Astros vs. Phillies
Baseball's last teams standing meet tonight in the first game of the 2022 World Series (8 pm ET, Fox), with the Houston Astros hosting the Philadelphia Phillies. For Houston, it marks the fourth World Series appearance in the past six seasons, while Philadelphia returns for the first time since 2009.
The Astros, who notched the second-best regular season record (106-56), enter the series as favorites. Houston hasn't lost in the postseason this year, having swept both the Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees. Meanwhile, Philadelphia—led by slugger Bryce Harper—finished third in the National League East division with a record of 87-75. Two-time Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander (18-4) will take the mound tonight for Houston, facing off against Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola (11-13).
This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the first televised World Series (the New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers). See some of the most iconic shots across the decades here.