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Shocking Stat Explains Phillies’ World Series Advantage

David Kaestle
This is a big reason why the Phillies are leading the World Series.
This is a big reason why the Phillies are leading the World Series. / Associated Press

While everyone is debating if Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers was tipping his pitches in Game 3 of the World Series or not, another part of the Philadelphia Phillies' roster isn't getting the praise they deserve. The Phillies' bullpen has now tossed 12 2/3 scoreless innings in just three World Series games thus far.

Philadelphia has completely stifled the Astros bats' and when the Phillies have been able to get out to an early lead, the bullpen has helped them never look back.

Tuesday night was a showcase by the Phillies all around, turning in a dominant 7-0 win at home. Starter Ranger Suarez was fantastic, giving up just four hits and no runs in five innings, but then the Phillies bullpen came in and locked down the win to the tune of 4.0 scoreless innings, surrendering just one hit.

The Astros were applauded for their bullpen all postseason, but now it's the Phillies bullpen that is outshining them. If the Phils pen arms can keep this up, it's going to make it a whole lot tougher for the Astros to make a comeback in this series, especially down 2-1 with two games left in the City of Brotherly Love.

The Phillies are -116 home favorites to win Game 4 on Wednesday night against the Houston Astros, according to FanDuel SPortsbook's latest MLB odds.

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