The Houston Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 3-2, at Citizens Bank Park in Game 5.
Houston can clinch its second World Series with a win in Game 6.
Ben’s brother started for the Astros, going five innings and giving up an earned run from a solo homer.
Verlander used a four-pitch arsenal (kind of) in his 94-pitch outing, using his 4-seamer 53 times. He gained velo on every pitch he threw more than once, and gained spin on everything except his fastball. Verlander had a 43% CSW rate on his slider.
Here’s how Game 5 looked for the 2019 AL Cy Young winner:
Noah Syndergaard started for the Phillies, taking the loss after giving up two earned in three innings.
Thor used a five-pitch arsenal in his start, gaining velocity on four of the five, including a 2.3 mph increase on his slider.
Syndergaard’s short start looked like this:
With runners on the corners, one out in the bottom of the eighth and the Phillies trailing by one, Brandon Marsh struck out swinging.
The K had a game-high 5.19 LI, narrowly beating Kyle Schwarber’s 5.14 LI ground out in the following at-bat.
Ryan Pressly totaled 3.62 pLI in his five-out save.
Pressly has yet to give up an earned run this postseason.
With two on, one out in the bottom of the eighth with a 3-1 Astros lead, Phillies second baseman Jean Segura lined a single to right to move Philadelphia within a run.
The RBI single added .239 WPA for Philly.
Pressly finished the night with .527 WPA, well-above Verlander’s second-best .183 WPA.
Luckiest hit: José Altuve buzzed a 77.9 mph, .090 xBA single to second base in the top of the sixth.
Toughest out: Nick Castellanos lined out on a 105 mph, .770 xBA screamer to short in the bottom of the third.
Hardest hit: White Sox legend-that-could-have-been Bryce Harper barreled a 115.3 mph double in the bottom of the fifth.
Weakest contact: Martín Maldonado singled to right on a 59.9 mph floater in the ninth.
Longest hit: Altuve led off the game with a 399-foot double. No baseball traveled further tonight.
Magic Number: 1
The Astros take the series back home one win away from a second championship.
Hard-hit is any ball off the bat at 95 mph or more
LI measures pressure per play
pLI measures total pressure faced in-game
Whiff a swing-and-miss
WPA win probability added measures contributions to the win
xBA expected batting average