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World Series Game 5 will take place in Philadelphia

World Series Game 5

World Series Game 5

World Series Game 5: I’m not sure how you follow a combined no-hitter in a World Series but the Astros and Phillies will give it their best go. The outcome on Wednesday insured that the Fall Classic will conclude this weekend in Houston, but first, there is one more game in Philadelphia — Thursday night’s Game 5 at Citizens Bank Park.

Fox will continue to broadcast the game (5:03 p.m. PT first pitch), with Joe Davis calling his first World Series. Davis is joined in the booth by John Smoltz, as are reporters Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci.

Noah Syndergaard pitches for the home team in Game 5 after his scheduled Game 3 start was canceled due to rain on Monday. This postseason Syndergaard has been limited to shorter outings, with two relief appearances and one three-inning start in the NLDS. In the last 18 days, Syndergaard has only pitched once.

Verlander entered with a 0-6 record and a 6.07 ERA in the Fall Classic competition, the worst result on this stage by any starting pitcher with as much experience as Verlander.

That is a lengthy way of stating that numerous Phillies pitchers will take the mound in Game 5. Houston’s Justin Verlander takes the mound in Game 5 on five days’ rest after allowing five runs in Game 1 to blow a five-run lead.

Verlander the presumptive American League Cy Young Award winner this season, bounced back from his blunder in the ALDS with an 11-strikeout victory in his lone ALCS start. In eight World Series appearances, he is 0-6 with a 6.08 ERA.

Other than that, Verlander’s performance was distinguished by his perseverance in the face of uncharacteristic early command difficulties (a season-high four walks) and multiple opportunities for the Phillies to extend his peculiar World Series struggles with a single swing.

With the bases loaded and two out in the second inning, Verlander got a massive swing and miss off Rhys Hoskins with his slider, a pitch that inexplicably didn’t produce a single swing and miss last Friday at Minute Maid Park. Even more significantly, Verlander used this pitch to get Nick Castellanos to fly out to end the inning with a runner on second on his final pitch of a taxing 10-pitch at-bat and the game.

“Kind of went back to the drawing board a little bit between starts and got back to work after Game 1,” Verlander said. “Honestly the extra rest helped me. I was able to throw an extra bullpen.

We got rained out [Monday] and I threw two bullpens in a row and had a lot of work to do. It wasn’t an easy adjustment, and I needed as many reps as I could. Honestly after the first few sliders tonight, I was like, ‘Thank goodness.’”

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