The Houston Astros are charging through the month of September and they’ve notched a record that’s been intact for the past 80 years. What is it? Look.
To say the Houston Astros aren’t elite and not ready for the postseason would be the worst misnomer to the likes that we’ve never seen. This team is amazingly stacked is ready to do battle when that time comes.
In terms of positional depth, they’re at least two-deep across the spectrum and the pitching has been bolstered to a point to where this team will be able to stand the test of time. The team legitimately has three aces in Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke so with the rest of the supporting cast, it could all they need to grab that second World Series championship that this franchise — as well as the fans — so covets.
All they do is win games and they will break the century mark in terms of seasonal for the third-straight season, which is something that’s not easy to do.
This team is going to be of quality for quite some time, unlike the Boston Red Sox — who fired Dave Dombrowski after winning the World Series last season — who plundered their farm and made the trades necessary to win it all.
That’s a sound plan if you’re just thinking about the short-term but the good thing about Jeff Luhnow and his staff is that short-term is at the forefront but the future is always a top priority. The farm is ripe, it’s healthy and still full of talent that’s ready to be harvested.
But this team is so good that a lot of these guys are blocked and they’ll have to stay down longer until their opportunity knocks. This team will have to make some tough decisions in regard to some of the stars becoming free agents over the next few seasons so they may get their chance sooner than later.
But anyway, do you want to know how great this team is? This offense is so powerful — ranked third in the AL in home runs (241) behind the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins — that they were able to notch a record that’s still intact for the past 80 years.
Here’s what The Athletic’s Jayson Stark had to say about it:
That’s great stuff when one is compared to a team of that stature — who won the World Series that year by the way — but the Houston Astros were exceptional yesterday, collecting 22 hits off
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21 runs total in a 21-1 win over the Seattle Mariners. The team was 22-for-47 from the plate, with each player that appeared collecting a hit.
Yordan Alvarez led the way with a 4-for-6 performance from the plate, along with six ribbies, to push his batting average up to .314 with a 1.064 OPS.
Gerrit Cole recorded his 17th consecutive start with double-digit strikeouts by completing 15 of those yesterday afternoon. Although he will be expensive, the Houston Astros will have to re-sign Cole to a massive new contract and make tough decisions elsewhere on the roster to keep overall costs down. He will be worth it and the team will continue to better because of it.
Nonetheless, it’s really been a gem to watch this team this season. They’ve been good as of late but 2019 has had some extra sauce served up on the platter and I’ve been waiting in line for additional helpings.
Let’s keep it up — go Houston Astros!