3. 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros
What Zach? The only team to win a Championship is not your number one? Nope, and for good reason. Yes, the offense was potent and the team won 101 games. However, looking back, there are some very obvious holes in the lineup. For starters, there was not a true Left Fielder the entire year. It started with Nori Aoki and later Marwin Gonzalez.
Gonzales is great utility player and was a very quality hitter that year, but you can’t tell me that he should be the everyday Left Fielder for a World Series Champion. The same thing can be said about Evan Gattis and Carlos Beltran at Designated Hitter.
They just simply are not that good. Moving to pitching, its a good staff, but not a great one. Mike Fiers had a losing record. That’s all I’ll say about him. I guess he outed the cheating because it didn’t help him enough to even finish .500. He also had a 5.22 ERA.
Looking at the rest of the rotation, Lance McCullers Jr. and Collin McHugh were good enough in the postseason, but in reality were mediocre at best that year. The pitching was truly carried by Dallas Keuchel, Justin Verlander and Charlie Morton.
The bullpen was also quite reliable. The main hole in the batting lineup was Josh Reddick, but the bats were very hot that year. That is why we won the World Series. Names like George Springer, Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve, Yuli Gurriel and Alex Bregman got hot right when the time was right, and brought Houston its first ring. But the team would only get better.