The Houston Astros wrapped up their American League Division Series series with a 10-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox. They are set to face the Boston Red Sox in the Championship Series on Friday. How can the Astros ensure their third AL pennant?
Score Fast, Score Often
The Astros this series had no shortage of offensive power, putting up a total of 31 runs in four games. If they want to put pressure on the Red Sox, they need to score fast. However, they have shown the ability to come from behind, as shown in game two and four, they bounced back in the next inning after the White Sox scored.
The Astros have the number one offense in Major League Baseball, and there is no question as to why. Houston’s lineup from one through nine is explosive and gives no breaks to opposing pitchers, as there are no “easy” outs.
Keep the Bullpen Consistent
Houston’s bullpen has had issues this season. Though these hiccups had seemingly gone away at the start of the postseason, game three raised some doubts. The bullpen in Sunday night’s 12-6 loss gave up too many runs. It felt as if anyone who came to the plate would score, which is something a team does not want in October.
The bullpen in game four combined to toss five scoreless innings, which is impressive given their recent struggles. With the Red Sox containing the fourth best offense in MLB, Houston’s bullpen will need to be a force.
The Houston Astros, whether fellow baseball fans like to admit it it, are still a dominant team. The club has reached the ALCS for the fifth straight year and are four games away from their third World Series appearance in five years. This is the golden age of Houston baseball, and it is not going away anytime soon.
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