Houston Astros Primed to Prove the Doubters Wrong?
The Houston Astros have heard the noise all season long about being cheaters and how the 2017 World Series Title against the Los Angeles Dodgers wasn’t relevant. Well, the Houston Astros are off to a 3-0 start in the postseason, including a 10-5 win in Game 1 over the Oakland Athletics.
Houston swept the Minnesota Twins on the road in a three-game series at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This series is being played at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Astros may be getting hot at the right time.
They and the Milwaukee Brewers are the only two teams in the postseason that finished with an under .500 record at 29-31. If Houston takes down Oakland in this series which I don’t see happening, could it be playoff experience matters? The same deal goes for the New York Yankees against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Dusty Baker is the current manager of the Houston Astros after A.J. Hinch was fired. This team is playing loose right now and they feel like they have nothing to lose despite having high expectations inside the clubhouse and the locker room though.
Houston was trailing Oakland 5-3 at the Top of the sixth. They outscored them 7-0 from that point on.
The offense is the heartbeat of this baseball team. This team continues to find different ways to win baseball games.
Springer went 4-for-5 with an RBI.
Altuve went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI’s.
Correa went 2-for-4 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI’s. He hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning to tie the game at three off of Chris Bassitt. He also hit a solo homer in the seventh inning to go up 8-5 off of Lou Trivino.
Bregman went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in the fourth inning off of Bassitt as well to get the Houston Astros jump-started though.
Houston doesn’t have the same pitching rotation as last season. Justin Verlander‘s career might be over after undergoing Tommy John Surgery. He is 37 years old and should contemplate retirement though.
Gerrit Cole left for the New York Yankees in the offseason via free agency and signed a 9-year $324 million deal with them.
Lance McCullers Jr. pitched in Game 1. Framber Valdez will be the starting pitcher in Game 2, which is set for 4:37 p.m. Eastern on TBS. It is unknown will who pitch in Game 3, but it will most likely be ace Zack Greinke.
It will also be interesting to see who would go in Game 4 and in Game 5 if got to that point. The bullpen did just enough to seal the deal in Game 1, but it will be interesting to see if it holds up throughout the postseason.
If the Houston Astros are going to continue to play with swagger and potentially win it all this season, then there are no more bad words to say about this ball club. Maybe they are just very talented after all and maybe this will erase and wipe away all of the bad deeds they potentially did in 2017 with the cheating scandal though.
George Springer is 31 years old and will be a pending free agent at the end of the season. Carlos Correa is 26 years old, Jose Altuve is 30 years old, and Alex Bregman is 26 years old. All are locked up for the next several years under contract though.
This team just made it to the World Series for the second time in three seasons last year though and I think people, including myself forget that though.
They lost to the Washington Nationals in seven games and the Houston Astros have proven unfinished business and will look to be in the ALCS for the fourth time in five seasons though.
Houston still has time to prove its doubters wrong. If they happen to get to the World Series and win it all, it will be at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, with a lot of fans in the stadium though.
Do you think the Houston Astros have another deep postseason run in them to prove the doubters wrong? Leave a comment below.
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