You’ve probably heard of Daniella Rodriguez: from her trickling first pitch before an Astros game last August or from Carlos Correa’s momentous proposal after winning the World Series. Despite retiring from her pageant life after winning Miss Texas USA in 2016, Rodriguez has stepped into the spotlight once again. Not only is she more than willing to laugh at herself, as she did after her botched pitch at the Astros game — showing off that endearing pageant attitude Texas fell in love with — but her list of talents makes it easy to see how Correa could fall head over cleats for this Mexican-American sweetheart.
Whatever you were expecting from Game 2, you weren’t expecting this. After one of the most dramatic postseason games in recent memory, the Astros are heading home with a coveted road win. With the series tied 1-1, Houston carries some pleasant momentum into their upcoming three-game home stand. It took no shortage of small miracles to get them there.
The Astros did what they were supposed to do. Now, the Yankees try to fight back.
Starting tonight, Houston and New York do battle in the Bronx, with a trip to the World Series on the line. Staked to a 2-0 series lead, Houston needs only win two of the next five games to advance—but don’t count the Yankees out just yet. They claimed the winner-take-all Wild Card game from Minnesota and rallied from a 0-2 deficit to dispatch the Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series last week.
In case you hadn’t noticed, the Astros offense has been a little quiet lately. A power outage has sapped the life out of Houston’s bats over the last four games, as the team has managed just eight runs over that time.
On one hand, this is perplexing. The Astros can usually be relied upon to put up gaudy offensive numbers, and they’re receiving stellar contributions from George Springer, Jose Altuve, Marwin Gonzalez, and a resurgent Alex Bregman.
For the first half of the year, it was the pitching staff.
Now it’s the hitters’ turn.
The Astros roster has taken a hit lately, as a rash of ill-timed injuries has felled a number of key cogs in the Houston offense. The onslaught started last week, when 22-year-old shortstop wunderkind Carlos Correa ripped through a ligament in his left thumb while taking a mighty swing. Correa’s expected to miss six to eight weeks. It’s a tough blow, but we wrote at the time that the Astros were well-positioned to cover their star’s extended absence.
The Houston Astros were dealt a grievous blow this week, as MVP candidate Carlos Correa hit the disabled list after tearing a ligament in his left thumb. Keen readers may remember that Correa injured the same thumb sliding into home on a close play in Atlanta earlier this month. The Astros had hoped that simple rest could cure the problem; now they’ll be without Correa’s superstar services for six to eight weeks.