For me, it was the most interesting World Series I have ever watched. Never has a seven game final series of any sport gone without the home team winning a game. The Nationals started out the season at 19-31 and were the oldest team in the MLB. Did they ever come through in the clutch yet one of their best players just turned 21 years-old during the Series. For a Washington franchise, it was the first World Series win since 1924. You get the picture how unusual the Series was!
What I like looking for when I watch a game is finding comparison to Phillies prospects. I found two of them in Game 7 of this World Series, when I saw the Nationals Max Scherzer hitting 98 mph and 97 mph with his fastball last night in the first and second innings, I thought of the Phillies top pitching prospect, Spencer Howard. The Astros Zach Greinke was putting up 90 mph fastballs and his off speed pitches were coming in around 72 mph. He even threw several pitches in the 60’s. Those numbers reminded me of what I saw on the scoreboard for Phillies prospect Kyle Glogoski at Spectrum Field this summer.
Howard and Glogoski had brilliant seasons pitching part of the time for the Clearwater Threshers. Howard went 2-1 for a 1.29 ER with a o.69 WHIP in 7 starts for the Threshers, striking out 48 in 35 innings while Glogoski went 2-2 for a 1.88 ERA with a 1.08 WHIP in 11 starts for the Threshers striking out 45 in 52.1 innings.
Most impressive were opponents hit only .162 in against Howard and .197 against Glogoski in the Florida State League last season, yet both are very different type of pitchers. Let’s hope Howard is in the Phillies starting rotation to start the 2020 season after pitching in Reading and the Arizona Fall League when he left the FSL last season. While turning only 21 years-old January 6th, Glogoski belongs in the Reading rotation.
We can only hope that Howard and Glogoski become close to the next Scherzer and Greinke. If they do, the Phillies will be celebrating some day similar to the way the Nationals did last night.