Three Reasons the Houston Astros are in the Drivers Seat of the ALDS

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Could the Astros win the ALDS in four games?

Oct 9, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Houston Astros right fielder George Springer hits a two RBI single against the Kansas City Royals in the second inning in game two of the ALDS at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The word on the street recently is that the Houston Astros aren’t feeling the pressure to win like other teams are because they were not supposed to be here in the first place. What they have accomplished this year going from a 92 loss team to an 86 win team that made the playoffs, whatever happens from here is icing on top of the cake. The Astros fought hard at the end of the season to make it in the postseason, and that momentum has carried over into the Wild-Card game and game 1 of the ALDS Series. They sputtered a little last night as the lost 5-4 to Kansas City Royals.

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However, this team is not satisfied just making the ALDS, they want to ride “Hustle Town” all the way to the World Series. Some fans might have seen last night’s loss as the turning or the momentum in the series, but it’s hard to win two road games in the playoffs. The Rangers managed to do so in Toronto, but that is not the norm in the playoffs. It would have been nice to come back to Houston with a 2-0 lead in the best of five series, but a 1-1 tie is not a bad place to be at coming home in the playoffs. I wanted to take a second to look at three reasons I think the Astros will win this series in four games.

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