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The 2022 World Series, the premier event in baseball, will begin this Saturday. This season has been an eventful one, and an exciting postseason will culminate over the next week with the clash of two of the best teams in baseball. Who’s playing in the World Series this year? Read on below to find out.
Who’s playing in the 2022 World Series?
The contenders in the 2022 World Series will be the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies. Both of these teams have had impressive postseason runs, but the Astros seem to be the favorite so far.
The two teams met for a three-game series at the end of the regular season, which was won 2-1 by the Astros. The Astros had the better regular season record at 106-56 versus the Phillies’ 87-75.
The Astros’ season
This will be the Astros’ fifth time competing in the World Series, and they’ve been a dominant team in the MLB for several years now. The Astros qualified for the postseason as the American League West division champion, a status they’ve held for five out of the last six seasons.
As the top seed in the American League, the Astros beat the Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees to make it to their fourth World Series in six years. After losing the World Series to the Atlanta Braves in 2021, this team is sure to be looking for a big win this year.
The Phillies’ season
This will be the eighth time the Phillies have appeared in the World Series, the last being in 2009. The Phillies got off to a rocky 22-29 start this season, but their record began to improve after some management changes midway through the season.
The Phillies came to the postseason as a wildcard, then beat the St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, and San Diego Padres in succession to seal their spot as a contender in the World Series.
Where will the World Series be played?
As always, the 2022 World Series is a best-of-seven series where the first team to win four games will take home the trophy. As the Astros had the better regular season record of the two teams, they will hold the home-field advantage.
This means the first two games of the series will be played at Minute Maid Park, the Astros’ stadium in Houston. Games three through five will be played at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies stadium in Philadelphia. If games six and seven are necessary, the series will return to Houston to play them.
When can you watch the World Series?
All of this year’s World Series games will be broadcast live on Fox and on MLB.TV. Fox comes free on local television in many areas, and you can watch the game on the MLB.TV website in most areas.
Tickets to see the World Series in person can be expensive, ranging from $500 to over $1,000 for the later games, but if you’re willing to splurge for the experience, you can purchase your tickets at most online ticketing outlets.