Astros: Former players scattered across playoff rosters

HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 22: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros greets former Astro Marwin Gonzalez #9 of the Minnesota Twins during their game at Minute Maid Park on April 22, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 22: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros greets former Astro Marwin Gonzalez #9 of the Minnesota Twins during their game at Minute Maid Park on April 22, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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Sep 19, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Charlie Morton (50) delivers pitch during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 19, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Charlie Morton (50) delivers pitch during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /

Heading East

Next up is the Tampa Bay Rays. Charlie Morton is the only former Houston Astro on the Rays. Morton was brought back to life in Houston after some miserable years in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Brent Strom must have taught Morton something, because he dropped his ERA by 0.50. He was a one-time All-Star in his two years with the Astros.

Looking up north, the Toronto Blue Jays have three former Astros: Jonathan Villar, Derek Fisher and Teoscar Hernández. Villar played in Houston from 2013-2015 and was traded for current relief pitcher Cy Sneed.

Fisher was a part of the 2017 World Series team from playing outfield to being a crucial speedster on the basepaths, so he was what the team needed at the time. He struggled the next year, and the Astros traded him to the Blue Jays in July 2019 for Aaron Sanchez, Joe Biagini and Cal Stevenson.

Lastly, Hernández was a quiet hitter in Houston, who was traded with Nori Aoki to Toronto for Francisco Liriano. This year he really found his bat, and arguably, he could be an All-Star starter if there was a team.

Staying in that division, the New York Yankees have former Astros starting pitchers J.A. Happ and Gerrit Cole. Happ is not known for his time in Houston, but he played from 2010-2012 and was traded in a package to the Blue Jays. Lastly, we all know Cole, and we all know what happened.

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