The Houston Astros won the 2022 World Series on Saturday night with a 4-1 Game 6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Astros can thank left fielder Jordan Alvarez for a late-half home run for taking their second title for the last six years.
Let’s set the scene before hitting you with beautiful home run footage. Alvarez hit the plate at the bottom of the sixth inning with runners on first and third and one out in the inning. The Phillies, who had a 1-0 lead in the top half of the frame on Kyle Schwarber’s home run, decided to replace starting right-hander Zach Wheeler with left-handed pitcher Jose Alvarado. Unfortunately for Phillies manager Rob Thomson and the team, this decision did not pay off.
Alvarado trailed Alvarez 2-1 before throwing a 99 mph sinker that hooked too much of the plate. According to Statcast, Alvarez made Alvarado pay for the mistake as well by hitting a dead center home run that sent his bat flying at 112.5 mph and about 450 feet. A home run gave the Astros a 3-1 lead with just nine strikeouts separating them from another title. Let’s take a look:
According to FanGraphs calculations, the Astros’ expected win rose from 50.5% before the home run to 84.3% after. (The expected probability of winning is derived from empirical data.)
Alvarez had a great postseason in one regard, as he demonstrated a knack for hitting home runs. According to an MLB.com study by Sarah Langs, he became the only player in Major League Baseball history to hit three successful home runs in the sixth inning or later in a postseason game. To be clear, it’s at the career level, but Alvarez has done it all just this postseason. Wonderful.
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