Houston Astros: Season ends at the ALCS

ANALYSIS Houston Astros

The Houston Astros played the Tampa Bay Rays in a seven game series, or best of five in the American League Championship Series. The series went all seven games as Houston battled from a 0-3 deficit.

Lance McCullers Jr. started game seven against former teammate Charlie Morton. McCullers Jr. gave up three runs in two innings, which some would argue blew the game for Houston.

The right handed pitcher struggled in the first two innings and found his spot near the end of the third and fourth. However, Dusty went to the bullpen early as McCullers exceeded 70 plus pitches.

Jose Urquidy threw 2 innings with one run tallied on the board. Houston tried to battle back in the eighth and scored two runs to trail 2-4. The Astros went down swinging in the ninth and the Rays moved on to the World Series.

The Adversity

Many things can and will be said about this team, but Houston overcame many problems and won three in a row to challenge Tampa. Their two-time Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, rookie of the year Yordan Alvarez, relief pitcher Roberto Osuna and the firing of their manager A.J. Hinch could have doomed the team to fail.

The Houston Astros team fixed the holes enough to go deep into the postseason.

Offseason

Outfielders Michael Brantley and George Springer contracts are up this year and many will be waiting to see where these two will go.

Will Houston offer Springer enough money? Does Springer want to move back up North?

Multiple factors determine the signing of loved Houston athletes and only time will provide answers.


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