Philadelphia is on a winning streak with three of its four professional teams doing well. The Phillies, the underdogs, are taking on the strong Houston Astros in a Cinderella story. This World Series matchup is a rare occurrence in MLB history, with the biggest mismatch in over 100 years. It’s unusual for the top seed from the American or National League to face the opposing conference or wild card team.
After the cheating scandal, the Astros bounced back and aim to win without any controversies. The Phillies, underdogs throughout the year, are heating up at the right moment. In 2017, the Eagles, also underdogs, won the Super Bowl with their backup QB, Nick Foles. History might repeat itself for Philly teams.
This World Series has the largest winning margin (19) between opponents since 1906. Oddsmakers are giving the Phillies a better chance than expected. Bryce Harper has been outstanding, carrying the team. If he keeps up the hot streak, the Phillies might have a shot. But if he slows down, the Astros could overpower them.
Philadelphia Phillies’ Last World Series Appearance.
The Phillies’ last World Series appearance was in 2009, but they lost to the New York Yankees. In 2019, they signed Bryce Harper, the 2021 National League MVP, to a $330 million contract for 13 years. He hit a crucial two-run home run in the eighth inning to send the Phillies back to the World Series. Now, he aims to bring the championship home.