The World Series is heading back to Minute Maid Park after the Houston Astros battled to win a tight Game 5 against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
But one pitch in particular seemed to spell certain doom for the Phillies in Game 5.
The Astros attacked them relentlessly with sliders.
In fact, over the course of Game 5, Houston threw a total of 57 sliders to the Phillies, and it appeared to work out just fine as the Astros managed to strike out 12 Philadelphia batters.
The Astros threw 57 sliders to the Phillies last night. 😮 pic.twitter.com/LB8qBkIvEv
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Houston’s Slider Usage
The Phillies certainly had their chances in Game 5, but did not capitalize.
Houston’s pitching was simply too much for them.
But the slider usage is quite astounding.
Even more astounding is the fact that the Phillies didn’t seem to be able to make any adjustments over the course of the game as the Astros continued to pound them with sliders.
Clearly, it worked out for the Astros, and clearly it was too much for the Phils.
The number of sliders thrown just shows how much the Phillies were struggling with it, as well as how comfortable the Astros felt attacking them with it.
The series now shifts back to Houston for Game 6 on Saturday night.