The Houston Astros have averaged just shy of seven runs a game this postseason and multiple Astros hitters have been on hot streaks. Each series has had new key players step up and take the reins to lead the Astros to victory.
The Astros cruised to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox, and then battled back against the Boston Red Sox to take a 4-2 series win. They now face the Atlanta Braves with the series tied 1-1.
Let’s take a look at who the key hitters for the Astros have been this postseason.
Throughout the White Sox series there were two players who stood out and who the Astros could rely on to build momentum. Kyle Tucker was clutch against Chicago taking opposing pitchers deep two times, while driving in seven runs.
Not to be outdone, Michael Brantley hit safely in each game of the series hitting .368 with four RBI. Carlos Correa matched Brantley’s performance against the White Sox driving in four runs and hitting .385.
When the Red Sox came to town, a different crew showed up to take down Boston. Yordan Alvarez was lights out throughout the series hitting .522 with a home run and two triples while driving in six.
Tucker continued his postseason hot hitting against the Red Sox hitting .261 with two home runs and eight RBI, including driving in three of the five runs the Astros scored in Game 6. Yuli Gurriel was on fire against the Red Sox as well, hitting .455 and driving in six.
Who is next to step up to the plate in the World Series against the Braves? Brantley is consistently hitting this series after the first two games.
Brantley has had back-to-back multi-hit games going 2-for-4 with a RBI in the Astros Game 2 win, and going 3-for-5 in Game 1 totally a .556 average so far this series.
Tucker has gone 3-for-7 in his two games this series with two runs scored and hitting .429. Gurriel, so far, is hitting .375, going 2-for-4 the first game and 1-for-4 with a run and a RBI in Game 2.
Overall it seems like this series could show out different hitters but the same bats that have been hitting all postseason continue to hit in the World Series for the Astros.
Tucker will be a tough out regardless of who he is facing, righty or lefty, and Brantley is just a consistent and confident hitter who I wouldn’t want to face. Gurriel is another hitter in Houston’s lineup that will be difficult to get out.