ALCS: Astros Rolling Even as Jose Altuve Struggles with A.L.S.
It’s funny, even if I don’t believe the Astros are a winning baseball team, I’ll still take a winning team over a “good” team. And we’ve seen the Astros turn even a mediocre team into a winning team before, and I’m sure that’s what they’ll do again this year.
Of course, after getting beat up by the Nationals, they’re now in the third season of an ALDS where they will likely win at least one game, but have yet to take a series lead.
So even with the Nationals and the Yankees both having great pitching, the Astros will go out there and come back and beat them. If they do that, it will be one of the best single-game comeback victories of all-time.
It’s going to be a big test for the Astros to return from this series with the Nationals without the help of Mike Minor who left Wednesday’s game with a sore left hamstring and will likely miss this weekend’s game as well.
To make matters worse, it’s not a team that can afford to lose a starter like Alex White or Lance McCullers who was supposed to be their closer before he injured his ulna last week.
So even though he was on the roster when they lost to the Nationals, it’s going to be a long series for the Astros.
After that loss, the Astros have to figure out if they can find a way to win while holding the Yankees at bay as well.
The Nationals are clearly the better team this year, and it’s going to take a big surprise to even make that happen, but right now, the Astros have the home field advantage.
The Astros could give up on the Washington series, but there’s no need for that.
What is the biggest difference between the Astros and the Nationals and the reason why I love this team so much?
The second answer is that I have a good feeling about where the Astros end up this year.
And in that case, I’ll even take a team that will most likely contend for the playoffs this season, even though they might very well lose to the Yankees in the standings and be swept in a Wild Card game.
I’ll still take the Astros over the Nationals. But you know what? I’ll take the Astros over the Nationals