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.