The 2022 World Series will feature the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies as the Fall Classic gets underway on Friday night. It’s the Astros’ fourth trip in the last six years, having won it all in 2017 while the Phillies are making their first trip since 2009 when they fell to the Yankees.
The Astros will feature designated hitter Trey Mancini who was dealt from the Orioles at this year’s trade deadline. In 51 games with Houston this regular season, Mancini struggled to a .176 batting average, .622 OPS, and hit eight home runs. He’s 0-12 with a walk and hit-by-pitch this postseason.
Phillies outfielder Matt Vierling hit .260 this regular season with six homers. He’s 2-10 this postseason with a double and RBI for the National League champions.
Mancini starred at Notre Dame from 2011-2013 while Vierling did so from 2016-18. Whichever wins will become just the third former Notre Dame player to win a World Series crown since Brad Lidge did so with the Phillies in 2008, as they’ll joinA.J. Pollock who did so with the Dodgers in 2020.