The Fall Classic
Writer: Michael Bier
Source: St. Louis Dispatch
The Houston Astros are headed to the World Series for only the second time in franchise history.
The Astros powered their way to the playoffs, going 101-61 during regular season play, taking their division with ease. In the first round of the playoffs, Houston soared over the Red Sox, only needing 4 games to put them away. Following the Division Series, they took on the Yankees in the ALCS. That series ended up taking a bit longer than the previous, as it went to a decisive game 7. Evan Gattis and Jose Altuve provided the run support, while Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers combined for 9 innings of shutout baseball, advancing the Astros to the World Series.
Houston will face off against the Dodgers in this year’s fall classic; a matchup baseball fans have been anticipating heavily. Los Angeles is lead by their ace, Clayton Kershaw, along with other proven veterans such as Yu Darvish, Rich Hill, and Kenley Jansen. Not only is their pitching good, but their offense is as well. Justin Turner, Yasiel Puig, Cody Bellinger, and Corey Seager are all guys Astros pitching will have to worry about.
Speaking of Astros pitching, Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers, Justin Verlander, and Ken Giles, are not to be overlooked, just as the young Astros offense lead by Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, and George Springer.
For both cities, a title means a lot. But for Houston, it means a little bit more. Following the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey, players and fans alike are desperate for their team to bring more light to the rebuilding city of Houston. Former Astros great Craig Biggio recently commented on what a title could potentially mean for the city of Houston.
“If you understand what we went through with Harvey, to be able to give back to the fans -- it's incredible”
Houston’s drive to succeed for their city, combined with the powerhouse of a team that is the Los Angeles Dodgers equals out to what should be a very intense World Series. This year’s fall classic is indeed going to be, a classic.