How the Astros turned the tide with Phillies

How do you stop a group of fates, a group that has been through so much and believes in themselves so intently that it begins to feel invincible?

Looks like this was a valid question just a few days ago – how is that possible Philadelphia Phillies could be prevented from winning the World Series title? – because you should believe that’s the way they thought they were 2-1 ahead, when momentum was flowing, until things changed.

It changed because Houston Astros changed it, blowing the fall winds of baseball in two nights and with thousands of small cuts that could have destroyed the soul of a less worthy opponent.

Bryce Harper and his Philly warrior band is still unfinished, but the Astros will go home for Game 6 on Saturday (8:03 p.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports App) rewrote the series’ script. As long as there are no other strong replays of plot over the weekend, the title will be theirs, for the first time since 2017, but amid the domination of six consecutive ALCS hits.

How can you turn this around?

Of course, there are ways to elicit a resistance, especially in a series of this length. But if you want to do it in a way that’s designed to squeeze the fight from your opponent, hit the punches, gain their trust, hurt them, and convince them, then you’re the one. the inevitable, here’s how.

You do that by taking a veteran to Cooperstown and using the anomaly of his miserable World Series record to power him up, not to injure him. Justin Verlander Not unreliably on Thursday, but he’s unapologetic and adamant, trying to get out of trouble, time and time again, helped in no small part by a sinister slider that has turned into trouble. become his crutch.

You do it by taking a rook – Jeremy Pena does not play as a person, but he – and creates an environment where complete fearlessness can manifest. Where he can feel thwarted enough to swing and connect and send one out of the park in Fall Classic and just shrug it off because, why not, it doesn’t always work out like this ?

You do it by crushing the souls of a hit group, like what happened in Game 4 on Wednesday, and Houston did it in this case with a starter for the ages from Cristian Javier, a hurdler with a next-level sense of mystery about him now. They’ll talk about the Astros failing to hit the target for a 2-2 draw for a long time, but Javier’s supposedly “invisible” fast ball is the topic of baseball right now.

How else do you do that? By reacting to the inherent stress of any Game of 5 and starting early, such as super early, like the first pitch of the early night, that’s when Jose Altuve Throw one off the right yard fence for a treble.

And you do it later, when the Phillies need a car of their own and provide a pass JR Realmutobut you take it away with the ruthless brilliance of the central controller Chas McCormick – a native of West Chester, Pa. – took an absurd act to ensure Houston’s lead would not be erased.

“When I look at the fans, it takes me back to 10 years old, when the Phillies lost the 2009 World Series,” McCormick told reporters. “It was so weird. It felt like a dream when I lay there and looked at those fans.”

Phillies now have no room for error, not that there have been many. They did a little wrong, but when things started to settle down for the Astros there was no more dangerous force in baseball.

“Keep fighting, be yourself and keep playing hard, because that’s what we do,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson told reporters. “The approach is still the same, just show up the next day and go get them. We’ll definitely fight to the end.”

They will need, and even then may not be enough. It’s Houston that now looks unbeatable to them, fueled by a group of players hitting peak form at the right time.

FOXBet rates the Astros a -154 favorite to win six and if it goes down that way, another Major League Baseball season will be on the books.

It was a breathless match, with leading and falling parts, Aaron Judge slide into eternity. All were special, but in the end the prize they all entered was in Houston’s favor by a two-day increment when things went their way, because they did.

They will stop now.

Martin Rogers is a columnist for FOX Sports and the author of the FOX Sports Insider newsletter. Follow him on Twitter @MRogersFOX and subscribe to daily newsletter.

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