Philly, start ringing the bells



STAR OUTFIELDER BRYCE HARPER looks to catch a fly ball during a game in the regular season. Harper has been a household name in baseball for years formerly playing with the Washington Nationals. The 30 year old joined the Phillies in 2019 and has been playing with the team ever since. He is now a 7 time allstar and has cemented himself as one of the sports greatest talents.

Matthias Jaylen Sandoval, Opinion Editor

Philadelphia Phillies or The Houston Astros? That’s been the big question plaguing baseball fans. The World Series is currently 2-1 with the Phillies leading. So far the Phillies have had a Cinderella story playoff run so far, beating the St. Louis Cardinals and 2 NL MVP Candidates Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt, the 101-win Atlanta Braves, and the star-studded San Diego Padres. The Astros have also had an enjoyable playoff run, going 7-0 in the American League Division Series and Championship Series, sweeping both the young and flashy Seattle Mariners and the AL East Champions, the New York Yankees. The Astros and the Phillies both play excellent defense, so the series will most certainly be decided by pitching and offense. The Astros clearly have the better pitching rotation with Hall of Famer and the 2022 ERA leader Justin Verlander and 2022 All-Star Framber Valdez leading the charge. Despite the Astros elite pitching rotation, the Phillies have gotten excellent production as well from their own ace pitchers: Aaron Nola and Zach Wheeler. The Phillies bullpen has been strong, especially with their closer Zach Efflin. Ultimately, the Phillies offense will just purely overpower the Houston Astros. The Philadelphia Phillies will be your 2022 MLB World Series Champions.

In the playoffs, their stars are performing well with Bryce Harper having 6 homers and 13 RBI and Rhys Hoskins with 6 homers and 12 RBI, but their supporting cast is contributing as well. As a team, The Phillies lead the MLB in the postseason with 22 home runs, 71 RBI, 42 walks, and 28 doubles. They also have an OPS of .747, and they only trail the Toronto Blue Jays in this stat. Though the Astros have a solid offense and are no easy team to beat, they just won’t be able to keep up with the Phillies elite level of offense.

The final verdict: Phillies win the World Series in 7 games.