04Wait, We Won?

Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman celebrating that they won the AL West Division title for the third year in a row. Photo By PaperCity Magazine
Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman celebrating that they won the AL West Division title for the third year in a row at Minute Maid Park. Photo courtesy of Paper City Magazine.

Playing over 160 games and working together as a team to become champions of the sport, recently the Houston Astros have been announced the 2019 American League West Champion.

In an interview with MLB, AJ Hinch, the Astros Manager, described how he felt about winning the AL West Division title.

“We worked for it all year, and this is not easy,” Hinch said. “These guys put in the work and we get to the finish line and win the West. We feel really good about it. We love this team. We can accomplish big things, and this is the first step, hopefully, of a few of these celebrations if we keep playing.”

Injuries Don’t Stop Them

Over the season the Astros had a lot of players on DL (disable list). Among others, Carlos Correa suffered a broken rib, George Springer went down with a head injury, and Jose Altuve injured his hamstring.

In an interview with MLB Correa spoke about how he feels about his recent injury.

“I’m taking it day by day,” Correa said. “obviously, the playoffs is the main focus right now. I don’t want to force the issue at all, especially these last five games. So we’re playing it smart and shooting for the playoffs. That’s when I’ll be able to perform for the team.”

With a lot of injuries throughout the regular season, the Astros still won games and clinched the AL West division title. They got players from their Triple-A team named Round Rock Express. One player being Kyle Tucker, a left fielder.

Although nothing stopped them from losing the Astros, went 102-54 during the regular season.

Milestones and Top Moments

Throughout the season the Astros had a lot of achievements and milestones.

  1. Justin Verlander threw his third no-hitter game.

    Josh Reddick Robbing Hunter Pence Rangers left fielder homerun Photo by UPI.com
    Josh Reddick Robbing Hunter Pence Rangers left fielder homerun. Photo courtesy of UPI.com.
  2. Josh Reddick robbed a home run during the rangers game.
  3. The Astros scored their biggest come back in more than 25 years with a score of 7-0 against the Mariners ended with the Astros winning 11-9.
  4. George Springer hit three home runs in one game.
  5. Brantly hit a walk-off home run in the 13th.
  6. Altuve and Gurriel hit a grand slam in one game.

“My favorite part is when the Astros completely blew out the Mariner’s 21-1 earlier this season,” Linden Settles said.

With the World Series win in 2017, the Astros have not slowed down but they did lose some players.

They still have a long road ahead of them. The first game of the World series is on October 22. But first, they have to win the American League Division Series, then they can worry about the World Series.