Astros Hunt for October
PHOENIX, AZ – October is due or die for teams looking for a final spot in the postseason. This was just the case for the Houston Astros as they are in battled for that final spot to the postseason in game 162.
This was a battle for the Astros and the team was electric since their arrival to Arizona where they would face the Diamondbacks on Friday night for the last series of the season. The Astros came into the series full throttle surpassing the Diamondbacks in a 21-5 win Friday night, which set a franchise record for the Astros with 21 runs scored. With a come from behind 11-10 win in the 9th inning by the Angels on Saturday, that meant that the Astros had secure to a win Saturday night against the Diamondbacks in order to stay in contention for the Wild Card. The team was more than ready to come out to battle against the Diamondbacks Saturday night. The Astros secured a 6-2 win with half of their runs coming from three home runs.
The Astros went onto a 3-team game situation Sunday with the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers that decided the Astros fate into the postseason. With Rangers taking the win from the Angels and Yankees falling to the Orioles, the Astros clinched an American League Wildcard berth and will face the Yankees in New York for the Wildcard game on Tuesday. “We have to play good baseball, we’ve played some of our best baseball the last week of September on this road trip, so we have to carry that momentum into a really prestigious ballpark against a good team… I have no doubt that we have some resiliency in us to do it”, said Astros Manager AJ Hinch was asked on facing the Yankees on Tuesday. Reflecting on this last series Hinch said that the team “showed up and took care of business” to get them at an opportunity in the postseason.
The team has done some rebuilding throughout the year, have faced some challenges, brought in some new talent and young player to the team,, “we worked really hard to get to this point…it’s a group of guys that know we can go further than this, were going to New York and play hard” says Altuve who’s been with the team through the process.
This was also AJ Hinch’s first return to Chase field since he had served Diamondbacks Manager for two seasons from 2009 to 2010. When asked about his return to chase field Hinch had nothing but respect for the Diamondbacks, “if it wasn’t for my first 10 years in Arizona and the experience that I had, I’m not sure that I would’ve gotten this opportunity”.
By Johanna-Rosalye Luna