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What If? Astros Edition

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Do you ever sit and wonder what if? Perhaps what if something your favorite team did never happened, or that something else happened instead? Here are some Astros scenarios that will have you pondering the question, what if?

1. What if the Astros won the World Series in 2005?

The Houston Astros got swept by the Chicago White Sox in their first World Series appearance in 2005, but what if they had won?

If the Astros had won, the chances of becoming a dynasty during that time were there. The Astros had some of the best pitchers in the game during that season with Roy Oswalt, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, and Wandy Rodriguez. They also featured some notable offense stars such as Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Lance Berkman, and Chris Burke. So the pieces were there, but they would’ve needed more.

Had the Astros won the 2005 World Series, I believe that they would’ve struggled to repeat with teams like the St Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves being really good during the 2000-2010 era.

Who knows, maybe it would’ve played out differently.

2. What if the Bryce Harper trade went through?

During July of 2018, the Astros nearly completed a trade with the Washington Nationals that would’ve sent star outfielder Bryce Harper to Houston for some minor league prospects. The trade was bound to happen but the Nationals front office stepped in to veto the trade, believing that they could resign Harper at season’s end.

If the Astros would’ve acquired Harper, they could have won back-to-back titles since they were coming off their first title in 2017. The addition of Harper would’ve added some serious depth to the already star-studded lineup that the Astros had at the time.

3. What if the Astros won the World Series in 2019 and 2021?

The Astros have won one of their three World Series appearances in the last five seasons, but what if they had won? Had Houston won these series, there would be no question that they would be considered a dynasty, much like the San Fransico Giants in the early parts of the 2010s when they won three titles in five years.

The Astros definitely had the power and potential to win these series but were simply outplayed. With the current state of the Astros roster, had they won these series, they’d still be in contention for more.

4. What if the Astros never moved out of the National League?

The Astros made the switch to the American League in 2013 as a part of Jim Crane’s new ownership. The Astros have won the American League West division four times out of their nine seasons being in that division and have won the American League Championship three times.

The National League would’ve seen lots of Dodgers and Astros playoff games had the ‘Stros stayed in the NL. The National League playoffs alone would be great to watch with powerhouse teams such as the Dodgers, Astros, and Braves. Could you imagine an NLCS between two 100 plus win teams?

The National League would be more of a competition for the Astros given the teams in the NL, but for now, it’s fun watching the Astros control the American League?

Final Thoughts

Being the huge Astros fan that I am, I can’t help but think about these what-if situations myself. There are many more, but these I felt stuck out the most.

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