Astros are going to the 2017 World Series versus the Dodgers
By Eric Huysman
The Astros are going to the World Series!
We have waited for this day for the past 12 years. We survived the dismantling of the Astros through the process. Houston fans saw two of their legends retire in Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio following the 2005 World Series.
After winning 101 games in the regular season, the Astros have won seven playoff games this year. The ALDS was not as dramatic as many expected with the Astros winning the series 3-1. They got off to a 2-0 lead going to Boston, but lost Game 3. But the magic happened in Game 4.
As they moved onto the Yankees in the ALCS, they faced a team that many predicted could beat the Astros. Ratings are always better when the Yankees are involved, so you know the national media was giddy. However, the Astros went onto win the first two games of the series at home.
Was it over?
The momentum of the series switched to the Yankees as it moved to Yankee stadium. They followed the lead of C.C. Sabathia who got the Yankees back on their winning ways. The Astros also had a lot of bad luck in that game with soft hits and a poor play in the outfield. It didn’t matter, the Yankees gained the momentum.
What stayed in New York, will stay in New York. The Stros took care of business in Houston. Behind the second string pitching performance of the series by Justin Verlander, the Astros won Game 6 to tie series.
Tonight, Morton was named the starting pitcher of Game 7 over Lance McCullers. Ironically, the two teamed up for a well pitched game. Morton threw five shutout innings while striking out five hitters. McCullers came in and threw four shutout innings to close out the game in front of a packed Minute Maid Park. McCullers struck out six in four innings!
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They will now go on to face the LA Dodgers, who have had a few days off since they eliminated the Chicago Cubs. We will look further into the matchups in the next few days, but the offense came alive at home. Talking Stros will be on SportsTalk 790 at some point tonight.
***Stats from MLB.com***