For the first ever time, the American League pennant has landed in Houston. Last night, the hometown Astros capped off a remarkable Championship Series against the New York Yankees, winning 4-0 in front of over 43,000 adoring fans. Now they’re headed to Los Angeles for their second Word Series appearance in franchise history, and first since 2005.
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.
It wasn’t the trade deadline most Astros fans were expecting.
Houston did swing a pair of minor moves today, including one trade before the 3 PM cutoff. But Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and company abstained from the big-name targets they were rumored to covet. Their lone trade acquisition? Left-handed starter Francisco Liriano, formerly of the Toronto Blue Jays.