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Home Plate Umpire Had Unbelievable Performance in Astros vs Phillies Game 2

Jason Schandl
Home plate umpire Pat Hoberg was perfect in the World Series Game 2 between the Astros and Phillies.
Home plate umpire Pat Hoberg was perfect in the World Series Game 2 between the Astros and Phillies. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Thankfully umpires haven't been a major storyline in the 2022 MLB postseason, letting the play on the diamond shine. But there's always a lingering concern that a couple blown strike calls will swing a game and restart the robot ump debate.

Determined not to allow that, home plate umpire Pat Hoberg basically was a robot ump in Game 2 between the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies, calling a perfect game behind the dish.

There were 129 pitches taken in Game 2, and all 129 were called accurately — including 89 strikes and 40 balls.

Phillies fans are reeling after Sunday's loss, but fans of both teams have to be pretty thrilled to have a series truly being decided by the players and coaches, not by the umpires.

This truly adds to how great a series we have. The series is tied at 1-1, and FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds have the two most likely final results as the series going 6 games (+152 odds) or 7 games (+158 odds).

One thing's for sure — no matter who wins the series, Pat Hoberg put on one of the most impressive performances of the postseason.

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