The Astros as Champions

Cole Stefan









It was a night no one in Los Angeles expected nor saw coming. In a sold out Dodger Stadium, the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers by a score of 5-1 in game 7 of the World Series. As soon as Astros second baseman José Altuve threw that baseball to first base, the Astros knew they had done it. For the first time in their franchise history, they were the champions of the baseball world. So many events for Houston made this special moment possible. For starters, Justin Verlander’s signing with Houston on August 31st was a huge moment because from September until the end of the year, Justin Verlander won almost every start. His only loss came in game 6 of the World Series after giving up 3 runs in the bottom of the 6th. With Verlander on the team the Astros had a 1-2 punch in the rotation with both him and Dallas Keuchel. Other big wins included signing Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran, both Yankees players in 2016, in the offseason. These two experienced players ended up being key players in the trip to the World Series title. The talent in George Springer, Carlos Correa, and José Altuve continued to dominate the offense for the Astros. Although none of them had 50+ home runs like Aaron Judge did, all 3 nailed the charts in batting average, and much more. This formula was the perfect sequence for winning their first AL west title in franchise history. Once in the postseason, the Astros dominated the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS winning 3 games to 1. The Astros managed to solve the godlike powers of ace pitcher Chris Sale and even Craig Kimbrel. The ALCS was harder to win than the ALDS for the Yankees had just conquered the likes of the Cleveland Indians, coming back to win 3 games to 2. The ALCS was a success for both teams for each team won at home. The Yankees found out Keuchel, but Verlander was enough to help out with a complete game in game two and a dominating performance in game six. After winning game seven in Houston, the Astros were in the world series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In the World Series, the Dodgers took game one in under two and a half hours. Game two was different, the Astros solved Kenley Jansen and won in eleven innings 7-6. Game three was an easy Astros victory whilst game four was a little different. In game four, the Astros were up 1-0 and then the Dodgers scored six unanswered runs to win six to one. Game five has to be named one of the greatest World Series games of all time. In extra innings, the Astros won thirteen to twelve behind many home runs. Game six was a win for the Dodgers and then there was game seven. In game seven, Darvish was proven human and the Astros won five to one. After the game, Carlos Correa proposed to his girlfriend on national TV and George Springer took home World Series MVP, an award won by Ben Zobrist last year for his game winning RBI single. Springer won his MVP award by homering five times in the World Series, tying him for the most with Reggie Jackson (1977) and Chase Utley (2009). With the win, the Astros made the prediction of a Sports Illustrated issue correct. Overall, congratulations to the Houston Astros for their first title and many more titles appear to be in the future for these guys.