The Astros have played their best baseball in the biggest moments of this postseason. There’s no reason to doubt they are battle tested and ready for the World Series.
This team has been all smiles and all fun the entire season. However, they’ve added a different flare to their approach recently. Amidst the smiles and the laughs, was a desire for victory. Although their road to the World Series was much tougher than the Dodgers, that takes away nothing from their ability to win this series.
Astros Have Conviction
The Astros came home from New York after losing three straight games in three days. After struggling at the plate mightily, they faced elimination. However, they could not be denied. This led to the Yankees only scoring one run in the last two games of the series. From the beginning of game 7, the Astros had runners on base and pitchers took control of the strike zone. There was no doubt the Astros had one goal in mind: to win, and win with conviction.
Hitters Always have Chance
In the middle of the ALCS, the Astros hit a slump. However, it was an ordinary slump. They faced quality pitching in a moment when they were leaning on their offense to propel them over the Yankees. As they continued to struggle, the team kept swinging. In game 6, they found their mojo once again. No matter how bad the deficit, hitters always have a chance. It is much like the snowball effect. One hitter grabs a base hit, the next follows. They feed off one another. This lineup is notorious for that.
Rise to the Occasion
In the biggest moments of these playoffs, this team delivered. From Alex Bregman’s home run off Chris Sale in Game 4 of the ALDS, to George Springer’s leaping catch over Marwin Gonzalez in Game 7 of the ALCS, this team does so much more than hit. The pitching staff stepped up and halted the offense of the Yankees. The defense made plays that limited momentum building for the other team. They continue to grow into the moments they face.
The description of this team has been that of offensive supremacy. However, they will find ways beyond the bats to win. This team is hungry, and that alone gives us our best chance at winning this World Series.