As you may know, the Astros have clinched the AL West on Sunday. This is the Astros first division title since 2001. Many had high hopes for the Astros this season, fans especially, and were hoping the Astros were ready for post season success.
The Astros started off the year hot before the All-Star game, and dominated every one of their opponents. Many thought this was going to be the year they win their division for the first time in 16 years, and they would be an easy favorite for the World Series. Adversity hit the team and lost Jose Altuve, Springer and Correa around the same time. This led the team down on an unusual, but expected slope in wins and performance. The fans had started to lose faith, but knew this team was capable of being great when fully healthy. Management took a safe approach to the deadline and didn’t make the move everyone wanted: Justin Verlander. Many fans started to believe the organization was ready to just throw the season away, and everything would have been for nothing. Jeff Luhnow had a trick up his sleeve. On August 31st, the Astros traded for Justin Verlander. Verlander instantly boosted team morale and the Astros started to go on a hot streak. The Astros won many of their games, and had great close winners as well. This team Is ready for the post season, and I think they will surprise us even more than they did in the beginning of the year. The Astros are looking to avenge their recent playoff losses as well, so expect them to come out with a chip on their shoulder. The playoffs are so close, and the Astros want to win October. Let’s hope they can bring it home.