Astros: Three batters to watch in the ALCS

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 22: Yuli Gurriel
HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 22: Yuli Gurriel /
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The Astros’ offensive prowess will be an important aspect of the upcoming ALCS against the Yankees.

There simply wasn’t a team better in terms of OPS – .823 – or wRC+ – 121 – than the Astros in 2017. Their offense flirted with historic status all season long. If it wasn’t for a left thumb injury by Carlos Correa in mid-July, this Astros’ offense may have entered truly historic status.

But that is old news. The current opportunity for the Astros is the ALCS against the Yankees. Yes, the team Houston eliminated in the AL Wild Card game just two short years ago. New York also happened to be one of the top teams in terms of offense in baseball as well. And both teams are different, and better, than their 2015 counterparts

If the Astros want to advance their second-ever World Series, they will need contributions from up-and-down the roster. For one, the team will need its offensive firepower to continue. Jose Altuve. Carlos Correa. George Springer. Yuli Gurriel. Alex Bregman. Josh Reddick. The contributions can originate from many places.