If those arrangements prove to be true in October, excited Houston staff could make the difference in another World Championship appearance where a rematch with the Dodgers may be on the horizon.
The Astros defeated the Los Angeles 4-3 to win the 2017 World Championship, due in large part to the offensive firepower of the AL champions. Houston ranked first in the top three in home runs, hits, RBI, and bases during their 2017 career, but the fieldworkers ranked only fifth in the ERA of all teams in the postseason (4.13).
However, the 2022 MLB postseason could be a different story for Houston, as the Astros bowlers lead the league with a starting quality of 52 and currently only allowing 2.98 points earned per game.
The continued dominance of AL Cy Young candidate Justin Verlander, combined with the impressive play of Framber Valdez, José Urquidy and Ryan Pressly, creates a challenging task for any opposing team.
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Not to mention, Houston’s firepower in the batter box is still there as well. Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Yuli Gouriel combined for 74 home runs and 259 RBI in 2017.
The trio is part of the Astros’ core again this season, and all three have history in the playoffs. Add in extras for power hitters like Yordan Alvarez (.310/.409/.675), Kyle Tucker (.250/.339/.465) and Jeremy Peña (.263/.307/.449), and Houston is a force to be reckoned with.
The Astros have proven this recently, going 15-5 in their last 20 matches. On the other side of the MLB, only one team has a better record during this stretch: the Dodgers.
National League leaders have the lowest ERA (2.96) in the league and are second in RBI (451), which is a recipe for success. However, Houston isn’t far behind with a nearly identical ERA, 409 RBI and the ability to quickly increase that number.
The Astros’ bats are impressive, but all eyes will be on the hill below the stretch. The key to this Houston team is health and promotion. If the roster can stay healthy, and the new and improved cast continues to dominate, Astros fans could be in for an exciting October.
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