The Houston Astros have done it for the fourth year in a row. The ball club has made it to the postseason four times in the past five years and will battle the Minnesota Twins with a three game Wild Card series.
Houston pitcher Zack Greinke has been confirmed for game one, but there is no official word on game two. Game three will be played if needed.
The Twins are first in the AL Central with competing teams like the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox. This 2020 Minnesota team looks strong with a record of 36-24.
Two right handed pitchers, Zack Greinke and Kenta Maeda, face off tomorrow at 1 p.m. The rest are to be determined for Houston.
Astro Greinke is 3-3 with a 4.03 earned run average. Houston acquired him at the end of July in 2019. He threw 25 innings and had a 4.68 ERA. Also, in the World Series threw 11 innings but in the end Houston left without another title.
Twins pitcher Maeda leads the league with a .75 WHIP, so we can expect little to no walks. He gets the game one ball and makes his first playoff appearance since 2016, according to Major League Baseball.
Who knows though, players seem to surprise fans in the postseason, whether good or bad.
Let’s start with Houston’s third basemen Alex Bregman. He started off rocky after returning from the injured list, but he blew up against the Texas Rangers.
Second baseman Jose Altuve showed up and showed out too. Both Bregman and Altuve were short of one hit from a full cycle!
George Springer has been consistent but seems to be expanding more as the season goes. Remember, there were only 60 games this season and if you look at the previous years, Houstons record looked like this after 60 games. Then, the team flourished as the season went on.
This matchup will be interesting. Will we see the 2020 Astros plateau or thrive like previous years?
If Houston wins these wild card games, they will face the winner of Chicago White Sox or Oakland Athletics.