On November 5, 2022, the Houston Astros were crowned winners of MLB 2022. It was their second title in franchise history. In their second consecutive World Series, the Astros beat the Phillies 4-2. It was a long postseason with 40 matches, the most since 2003. The 12-team postseason format made this record.
As we prepare for the next season and teams look for top talent to include in their rosters, it is evident that last season had great moments. So many incredible matches kept viewers at the edge of their seats and offered exciting MLB odds to win some good money.
The following are a few memorable matches from the previous season.
Padres vs. Dodgers
The NLDS game 4 is considered the biggest upset. The Dodgers outperformed the Padres in the regular season and beat them convincingly. However, in the NLDS game, San Diego had other plans. It wouldn’t be wrong to call this victory Padres’ most significant win in history. In the seventh inning, the Padres sent the LA Dodgers home.
Josh Hader put the last nail in the coffin as he struck out three players on 10 pitches, including Mookie, Turner, and Freeman. The difference in the win was the largest since the 1906 World Series.
Mariners vs. Blue Jays
If not the greatest, then undoubtedly one of the greatest comebacks in the MLB. The Blue Jays had an 8-1 lead postseason and looked like an easy win. Besides, fans from both sides were prepared for the last winner-takes-all game. But, in the final four innings, the Mariners scored nine runs and won the game while ending the journey of the Blue Jays in the most dramatic way.
This comeback is tied as the second-largest in the postseason. However, it was still an emphatic win for the Mariners and a memorable way of winning the first-ever postseason series in a generation.
Phillies vs. Padres
If there could be a highlight of the 2022 season, it would belong to Bryce Harper. As expected of Harper, he gave a star performance and helped in the win. But, other than the big home run, the match was a complete blockbuster.
The Padres turned their deficit of 2-1 to a 3-2 lead with the help of Juan Soto. However, the three wild pitches from Dominguez allowed the Phillies to come back, and then Harper did his job. It is a match that fans will discuss for many years.
Astros vs. Mariners
This is another comeback but in the Wild Card series. It was just the second time in MLB history that someone hit a walk-off home in the postseason when the team was in a deficit. Kirk Gibson did it first in the 1988 World Series, and it was Yordan Alvarez now.
In the eighth and ninth innings, the Astros recovered from the deficit of 7-3. Alvarez hit three massive walk-off homers and converted a confirmed loss into an incredible win. It was a great match to experience for fans at home and spectators in the stadium.
Astros vs. Phillies
The World Series game 4 is famous for its distinctive feature. In the game, the Phillies could not have a single hit. It was the second time in World Series history and the third time in the postseason that this incident happened. Although the game wasn’t close, the Astros had a 5-0 lead. So, all the eyes were on the hit column.
The four pitchers from the Astros, Abreu, Javier, Montero, and Pressly, did not allow the Phillies’ hitters to come close to a hit and struck out 14 times.
Phillies vs. Cardinals
In the strangest of events, the roles reversed for the Phillies and Cardinals in game 1 of the Wild Card series. More than a great game; it was one hell of an inning. Juan Yepez scored the first run with a two-run homer in the seventh inning. Then, while the Cardinals had a 2-0 lead leading into the ninth inning, a six-run rally from the Phillies clinched the win.