The Chicago White Sox won the World Series in 2005 and it was the greatest year in the history of the team. It was a special time to be a fan of the team and is something that we will always remember forever. It will never stop being fun celebrating that team.
Now, here we are in 2022 and the Chicago White Sox were the most disappointing team in the league. They went 81-81 (second in the American League Central) which is horrid for a team that came in with expectations that they could compete for the American League pennant at minimum.
The fact that they failed doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy the postseason involving the teams that did make it. There were underdog upsets, dominant pitching performances, and big-time home runs from legendary players for all to enjoy. It’s been great.
Now, we have the World Series upon us. A scrappy underdog Philadelphia Phillies team is the National League champion. They were the last team to make it into the postseason and they have beaten three very good teams to get to where they are right now.
The American League champion is the Houston Astros who were the best AL team in the regular season and one of the favorites to win it from the beginning. We literally have a David vs Goliath series on our hands here.
The 2022 World Series is going to be amazing theatre for baseball fans.
The crew at Southside Showdown has their predictions for who they think is going to win. Who is going to be the 2022 World Series champion?
Vinnie Parise (Site Expert):
The Houston Astros are going to win the World Series in five games. They are going to lose the first game of the series and then win four straight.
Justin Verlander has career struggles in the World Series so that will come into play but the rest of the series should go Houston’s way. The Astros are too deep in every way to lose this series to the Philadelphia Phillies. It has been fun to watch Philly but the run ends here.
The Phillies have been fun but there is a reason the Astros have been to the ALCS in six consecutive seasons. They have a championship pedigree.
With the perfect combination of pitching, hungry young players, and battle-tested veterans. The Phillies will put up a fight but Dusty Baker will finally get his World Series ring. Astros In Six
I have the Houston Astros finally coming through for Dusty Baker and taking the title in 5 games. The pitching is top-shelf, the hitting is timely, and the defense makes plays. This team is very solid and doesn’t give outs away. They went 7-0 in the playoffs because they are that dominant.
The Astros have faced an NL East team in 2 of the last 3 World Series and both times they lost. I don’t see why this time will be different.
My prediction is that the Phillies win in 7 games, thanks to terrific play from World Series MVP Bryce Harper, who for some reason certain other teams were not willing to pay him what he’s worth.
Justin Verlander has a history of choking in clutch moments with a 0-6 record and a 5.68 ERA in the World Series so I can see him continuing to struggle as well. The Phillies should win.
Three of our four predictors picked the Houston Astros to win the World Series which would give Dusty Baker his first ring as a manager. That is the only thing that he has yet to accomplish in his career that has been amazing.
If the Phillies win, one of our writers will have all the bragging rights all off-season long. It should be a great World Series between two teams that couldn’t be more opposite. Hopefully, everyone enjoys it.