The 2022 Houston Astros have solidified their place in history, following a 106-win regular season with their second World Series championship in franchise history.
The noise surrounding the team has at least temporarily been quieted, as the ‘Stros have proven to be an elite franchise built for success in October.
With every player that suited up for the Astros this season and their coaching staff each receiving rings, who are the most deserving recipients?
8) Hector Neris
Hector Neris signed with the Astros as a free agent coming into the 2022 season. Over the course of Neris’ first eight seasons, he had never tasted playoff baseball. Suffice to say, he loved his first experience.
Neris followed up a terrific regular season (6-4, 3.72 era, 1.01 WHIP, 10.9 K/9) with a lights out postseason. The first-year Astro was 2-0 this postseason with a 1.50 ERA. In six innings, he yielded only two hits, striking out 9 of the 20 batters he faced. Neris posted a 9.9% championship win probability added.
Hector was also a massive asset to the team with his personality, bringing a massive boost with both his on-field energy and his enthusiasm celebrating with the team after each round.
Neris was a key piece of a bullpen that was lights out all year. His first year in Houston brought him a ring, ironically at the expense of his former employer. Here’s to the energetic reliever picking up a second in 2023.