Houston Astros: The Top 10 heroes of the team’s successful postseason run

Former Houston Astros pitcher Charlie Morton (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Former Houston Astros pitcher Charlie Morton (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 30: Alex Bregman
HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 30: Alex Bregman /

#6 Alex Bregman

There are times when you have to take big risks and stand out even in scenarios that don’t always call for it.

Perhaps we can always find humor in knowing that Alex Bregman makes us laugh when he can sometimes act like a college kid again. But we do know this: he can play like hell.

And sure enough, Alex Bregman did show his Houston Strong moment not once, not twice, but three times.

The first moment occurred when Bregman would hit the biggest Fenway Park home run by a visiting player since Bucky Dent.

Down 3-2 to the Red Sox in Game 4 of the ALDS and facing Chris Sale in the eighth, Bregman would make sure the series would not have a Game 5 road win by Boston by stunning the Fenway faithful yet again.

ALDS Game 4

If Bregman’s bat was effective this series, so was his glove. In game seven of the ALCS against the Yankees, Bregman made the biggest defensive play by throwing out the tying run at home.

ALCS Game 7

Of course, just for fun, we remember his walk-off hit, because to be honest, I don’t know if we would’ve won the game had it gone to the 11th. We had to win the game in the 10th and we did.

World Series Game 5

Bregman was probably the best player in the World Series other than Jose Altuve and George Springer.

#5 Charlie Morton

Don’t judge a book by its cover because it can surprise you.

We were fooled. We were wrong. Nobody thought that Charlie Morton would step up big after his first two postseason starts. How many people expected Morton to put together the best quality pitching in Game seven of the ALCS and the World Series?

Morton didn’t pitch far at Fenway and he got roughed up at Yankee Stadium. Why start him in Game Seven? We were just about ready to criticize AJ Hinch for starting Morton when the Astros lost. Except, they didn’t and Morton was lights out against the Yankees.

ALCS Game 7

His reward was a start in Game Four of the World Series against the Dodgers. Boy, did he not disappoint?

World Series Game 4

It was a pitching performance that was wasted as we didn’t win the game. You felt bad that Morton would not get his World Series win. That was until game 7 when he came out of the pen.

World Series Game 7

It took him the last four innings, but he finally got his win after a season that saw Morton answer critics following his injury-plagued seasons.  Even more special was the two-year contract he signed.