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MLB Playoffs: Houston Astros #2

Updated: Oct 7

Houston Astros: AL West

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Updated October 6, 2022, 1:31 PM

























Houston Astros - #2



The Houston Astros finished 106-56 in the regular season, second-best record in baseball this year. They were the second team to secure a spot in this year's post-season play.

Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas

The Astros were the second team to win an automatic first-round bye and secure home field advantage through the ALDS. By securing the first round-bye, they will receive an extra week off before taking on the Toronto Blue Jays or the Seattle Mariners after their best of 3 series.


Dusty Baker is in his 3rd year managing the Astros, coming off a World Series trip last year, but coming up short to the Atlanta Braves 4-2 in the best-of-7 series. He has been the manager of 5 different MLB ballclubs in his coaching career and has taken two teams to the World Series, again coming up short in both appearances. He has the most coaching wins among active coaches without winning a World Series ring. As a player, Dusty Baker was in the majors for 19 seasons and he appeared in 3 World Series, winning one with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981.



The Houston Astros are currently the second favorite to win the World Series at +380 odds at the Caesar's Sportsbook in Las Vegas.



HITTING



As a team, the Astros finished the season 12th in the league in batting average, hitting .248 on the year. In the league, they finished 13th in total hits, 8th in total runs, 9th in walks, and 4th in HRs on the year.



Yordan Alvarez (DH) finished 7th in the league in batting average, hitting .306 while appearing in 135 games on the year. He had 144 hits on the year which includes 29 doubles, 2 triples, and 37 HRs to go along with 97 RBIs and had an OPS of 1.019 to finish 2nd in the league.



Jose Altuve (2B) finished 7th in batting average over the regular season, hitting an even .300 over 140 games for the Astros. Altuve had 158 hits which includes 39 doubles and 28 HR's this season. He scored 103 runs and hit 57 RBIs. Altuve also has 18 stolen bases on the year.



Alex Bregman (3B) ended the season third on the team in batting average, hitting .259 after playing in a team high 155 games this year. He was at bat 548 times and ended up with 142 hits which includes 38 doubles and 23 HRs to go along with 93 RBIs.



Kyle Tucker (RF) finished forth on the team in batting average, hitting .257 over 150 games. He had 28 doubles, 1 triple, and 30 HRs with a team high 107 RBIs. Tucker led the team in stolen bases with 25.



Jeremy Pena (SS) hit .253 with 20 doubles, 2 triples, and 22 HRs to go along with a team high 135 strikeouts on the year.






PITCHING




The Astros starting rotation and their bullpen has been the 2nd best in the league this year behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. They are 2nd in the league with a 2.92 team ERA and are holding teams to a 2nd best .213 batting average. The Astros are 2nd in the league in runs allowed, and they are 2nd in the league with 53 saves on the year.




Justin Verlander (P) finished with a record of 18-4 on the season with 28 starts on the year. He had a league best 1.75 ERA and threw 175 innings in the regular season. Verlander has 185 strikeouts on the year and only gave up 29 walks to opposing batters. He is on his way to clinching the AL CY Young Award for 2022.



Framber Valdez (P) ended 2022 with a 17-6 record and a 2.82 ERA on the season. He threw a team best 201.1 innings in 31 starts this year. Valdez had 194 strikeouts and 3 complete games on his resume in this season.



Luis Garcia (P) finishes the season with a 15-8 record in 28 starts for the Astros. He threw 157.1 innings with a 3.72 ERA on the year. Garcia struck out 157 batters and gave up a low 47 walks on the year.



Jose Urquidy (P) ended up with a record of 13-8 in the regular season and a 3.94 ERA in 28 starts for the Astros. He pitched 164.1 innings and has 134 strikeouts on the year.



Ryan Pressly (P) appeared in 50 games this year and he pitched 48.1 innings out of the bullpen. He had 33 saves in 37 attempts and finished with a 2.98 ERA and a 3-3 record on the season.



Rafael Montero (P) came out of the bullpen in 71 games this year for the Astros. He finished with a 2.37 ERA in 68.1 innings pitched with 14 saves on the season and a record of 5-2 on the year.






End of Regular Season


Play will resume for the Astros on October 11th against the Toronto Blue Jays or Seattle Mariners.






Check out our MLB Playoff Rundown by Team here:



Los Angeles Dodgers #1 - NL West


Atlanta Braves #3 - NL East


New York Yankees #4 - AL East


New York Mets #5 - NL East


St. Louis Cardinals #6 - NL Central











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