Ranking the Astros “Golden Era” Teams

Joe Fernandez
HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 15: Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros points to his watch after he hit a home run in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game One of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 15, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 15: Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros points to his watch after he hit a home run in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game One of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 15, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

The 2018 Houston Astros

A big reason this team doesn’t get the recognition it deserves in the golden era is because they had the worst ending to any of the five teams, getting bounced in five games by the Boston Red Sox. But it was a Red Sox team that was an absolute buzz saw and one of the most dominant teams in both regular and post season history.

They won 108 regular season games and then went 11-3 in the post season never losing more than one game in any series.

The Astros could have had a more competitive series but games two and four showed just how unpredictable bounces and the narrowest of margins can be the difference between a win and a loss.  Game four especially still sticks in the craws of many Astros fans.

Joe West, an umpire that draws the ire of many a baseball fan across the sport, was responsible for a a blown fan interference call (To assume an out on that play is a mind-bogglingly bad judgement call. Fan interference should be clear as in Jeffrey Maier. I could rant on about this but let’s just continue with the article.) that cost the Astros a two run home run.

Then later in the game Andrew Benintendi moving just a few steps over during an Alex Bregman at bat and making an amazing diving play to end the game on what could have been a game-tying hit sealed the Astros fate. While they had game five left it seemed all the momentum and energy was on the Red Sox side and David Price gutted out six innings on short rest.

But this Astros team deserved a better fate, ending, and ranking in the annals of Astros history.

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