“How ‘Bout Houston?” Five Keys to The Houston Astros Bringing Home Another World Series Trophy

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 23: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros celebrates defeating the New York Yankees in game four of the American League Championship Series to advance to the World Series at Yankee Stadium on October 23, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 23: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros celebrates defeating the New York Yankees in game four of the American League Championship Series to advance to the World Series at Yankee Stadium on October 23, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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The Astros celebrate with the ALCS trophy after sweeping the New York Yankees
Oct 23, 2022; Bronx, New York, USA; The Houston Astros are presented with the ALCS trophy after defeating the New York Yankees during game four of the ALCS for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports /

Four wins stand between these Astros and a second World Series title. If Houston gets Justin Verlander in ace form, properly utilizes Cristian Javier, limits opposing baserunners, gets a meaningful contribution from their Designated Hitter and capitalize on runners in scoring position, no possible October foe still standing can compete. Miss on a few of these keys and the ‘Stros will likely be still on the prowl for a second title in 2023.

Check all of these boxes, however, and Houston will secure a second title. Six seasons with six straight ALCS appearances, five division titles, multiple offensive and pitching records capped off with a second World Series title would mean only one thing—no longer are the Houston Astros just the envy of the American League. No, a second World Series title during this Golden Era of Astros baseball makes them a dynasty.

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