World Series Game 5 FAQ, lineups (LIVE on FOX)

November 3rd, 2022

PHILADELPHIA -- A history-making five-homer barrage by the Phillies one night. A history-making combined no-hitter by the Astros the next. The Citizens Bank Park segment of this World Series has already given us two very different sets of goosebumps.

Here’s what we know for certain: One of these clubs will leave the City of Brotherly Love and head back to Houston with a 3-2 lead. It will either be an Astros team that hopes Justin Verlander can shake off his career-long World Series slump and pitch like the American League Cy Young hopeful he is, or a Phillies team that needs to get off the sudden offensive schneid after a shocking 0-for-27 against Cristian Javier and three bullpen arms.

“We were no-hit earlier in the year in New York against the Mets [on April 29], and we came back the next day and won,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said. “So these guys, they’ve got a short memory.”

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For all his Hall of Fame-worthy success in his career at large, Verlander has some painful World Series memories. He is 0-6 with a 6.07 ERA in eight starts on this stage after squandering a 5-0 lead in Game 1 of this Series. That’s the worst ERA of any pitcher with at least 30 innings in the Fall Classic.

“I think a lot of times the execution follows mechanics,” Verlander said. “So, yeah, I did find some mechanical things that I needed to clean up. I've been working really hard since then. But there's really no way to know how it's going until you get in the game and see the hitters' reactions.”

The Phillies will counter with Noah Syndergaard, but they will have their bullpen ready to pitch in ahead of Friday’s off-day.

We saw how quickly a Series can be turned on its head with the way the Astros bounced back in Game 4. Now it’s a brand-new Fall Classic -- a best-of-three -- that begins Thursday night in a ballpark that has already housed so much history this week.

When is the game and how can I watch it?

Game 5, which will air on FOX at 8 p.m. ET/7 CT, is scheduled for Thursday.

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Who are the starting pitchers?

Astros: Verlander (1-0, 7.20 ERA this postseason) will make his fourth start of the postseason and second in the World Series. He was roughed up for five runs on six hits and two walks over five innings in the Astros’ Game 1 loss to the Phillies in Houston, unable to hold a 5-0 lead.

Phillies: Syndergaard (10-10, 3.94 ERA) will make his fourth appearance of the postseason, but just his second start. Originally scheduled to pitch Game 3, Syndergaard was bumped to Game 5 following Monday's postponement. One of the benefits to that move was having an off-day on Friday after Game 5. That should help a Phillies team that figures to lean heavily on its bullpen behind Syndergaard, who is expected to pitch only three or four innings.

What are the starting lineups?

Astros: With Verlander on the mound, Martín Maldonado will get the start behind the plate in Game 5. As has been the case throughout the playoffs, the only question beyond that was who starts at designated hitter, which has been a black hole for the Astros in the postseason (5-for-42). Aledmys Díaz is 1-for-22 in the playoffs, so David Henley gets his second World Series start.

Phillies: Not one to panic, Thomson went with this lineup, which he has used against right-handed starters this postseason.

How will the bullpens line up after the starter?

Astros: Despite using three of his four main postseason high-leverage pitchers -- Bryan Abreu, Rafael Montero and Ryan Pressly -- in Game 4, manager Dusty Baker should have all three available for Game 5, especially with a day off Friday. Abreu threw 15 pitches, Montero threw 10 and Pressly threw 19 on Wednesday. Neither Héctor Neris nor Ryne Stanek appeared in Game 4, so they’ll be available after multiple days off.

Phillies: Everybody should be available in Game 5, even though Thomson used some of his high-leverage relievers in Game 4. That group includes left-handers José Alvarado and Brad Hand, and right-handers Andrew Bellatti, David Robertson and Zach Eflin. Bellatti has pitched back-to-back days, though he threw only nine pitches on Wednesday.

“Everybody's available,” Thomson said after Game 4. “Bellatti would be three in a row, but he didn’t [throw] too many pitches tonight. So I think everybody would be fine.”

Any injuries of note?

Astros: Houston is healthy.

Phillies: Philadelphia is also healthy entering Game 5, although Game 6 starter Zack Wheeler is experiencing arm fatigue, though the club said he is not injured.

Who is hot and who is not?

Astros: McCormick is 4-for-12 with three walks in the World Series, leading the way for the Astros in the Fall Classic. … Gurriel is 5-for-16 and Peña is 5-for-17 with two doubles. … On the flip side, Bregman is 3-for-16 in the World Series, but he had a two-run double in Game 4, and Alvarez is 2-for-15 with two RBIs. Díaz (0-for-8) and Trey Mancini (0-for-5) are hitless in the Fall Classic.

Phillies: Philadelphia has not recorded a hit since the sixth inning in Game 3.

Anything else fans might want to know?

• Gurriel’s 26 World Series hits are three more than any other Cuban-born player (Tony Pérez, 23). He has now gone 47 consecutive postseason at-bats without a strikeout, four short of Joey Cora’s record 51 at-bats in the 1995 postseason.

• The Astros are 3-0 all-time in Game 5 in the World Series.

• Altuve’s single in Game 4 of the World Series gave him 100 career postseason hits, which is the sixth most in Major League history behind Yadier Molina (102), Jorge Posada (103), Manny Ramirez (117), Bernie Williams (128) and Derek Jeter (200).

• In postseason series with the current 2-3-2 format that have been tied after four games, the team playing on the road in Game 5 has gone on to take the series 32 of 57 times (56 percent). In all best-of-seven series tied 2-2, the Game 5 winner has won the series 45 of 64 times (70 percent).