The Houston Astros are going to the World Series for just the second time in franchise history! The Astros defeated the New York Yankees 4 to 0 in Game 7, and they will be heading to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers on Tuesday.
The Astros came into this game needing a big game from Charlie Morton who was shelled by the Yankees in Game 3 of the ALCS. Giving up seven runs in just three innings of work. On Saturday, Morton turned in a stellar performance when the Astros needed it the most, going five innings, and only allowing two hits, and no earned runs.
He was relieved in the 6th inning by Lance McCullers Jr. who would turn in a great performance as well. The young All-Star would come out of the pen and throw four shutout innings, while striking out six.
The offense for the Astros, was started in the fourth inning when the lumberjack-like Evan Gattis hit a toweing 405 ft solo homerun off of CC Sabathia. The potential Amrican League MVP, Jose Altuve, would follow Gattis up in the fifth with a solo homerun to right field over the head Aaron Judge (who robbed Yuli Gurriel of a homerun earlier in the game). Brian McCann would cap the scoring off with a two run double down the right field line to make it 4-0.
The Astros can now boast that they have gone to the World Series in both the National and American Leagues but they will try to have better success than the last time the club went in 2005 when they were swept by the White Sox.
They will have a tough road ahead if they want to bring Houston is first championship in the big three professional sports (football, baseball, basketball) in over 20 years. The Los Angeles Dodgers were the best team in either league winning 104 games and beating the 2016 World Series Champions in 5 games. But you have to believe these Astros are up to the task and will embrace the role of underdog wholeheartedly.
Note: Justin Verlander was named ALCS MVP going 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 21 strikeouts in 16 innings....Jose Altuve's five home runs this postseaon are the second most in franchise history bested only by teammate Carlos Beltran who hit eight in 2004.