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3 Reasons Why the Astros Will Win the World Series

Larry Rupp
Three reasons why the Houston Astros will win the World Series.
Three reasons why the Houston Astros will win the World Series. / AP Photos/David J. Phillip

The Houston Astros have cruised to one victory after another this MLB season and locked down the No. 1 seed in the American League. They enter the postseason as the betting favorite to win the pennant on FanDuel Sportsbook, but their goals are far from met. The Astros have their eyes set on winning the World Series.

Only 11 wins stand in the way between Houston and the coveted World Series trophy. Let's take a look at three reasons why the Astros will be the last team standing for the first time since 2017.

Houston Astros World Series

1. Elite Starting Rotation

If there's any one thing that sticks out about this Astros team, it is the starting rotation. Framber Valdez set the single-season MLB record this year with 25 straight quality starts and Justin Verlander is on the cusp of capturing the league ERA title (1.80) for the second time in his career. Meanwhile, Lance McCullers Jr. owns a reliable 2.27 ERA since returning from the injured list and Luis Garcia has struck out 157 batters in 157.0 innings. Add in Christian Javier (2.54 ERA) and it's no wonder this team just shuts down entire lineups. Houston ranks first with 940.0 innings pitched by their starters and ranks second with a rotation ERA of 2.98.

2. Stellar Bullpen Depth

The Astros' dominance on the mound doesn't stop when the starter leaves the game, either. Houston's bullpen is one of the deepest bullpens in baseball. There are nine relievers on this team with at least 19 appearances and each one of them owns an ERA under 4.00. Guiding the way is Ryne Stanek (1.17), Bryan Abreu (1.97) and Rafael Montero (2.17). Closer Ryan Pressly has converted 32 of his 36 save chances on the year and has struck out 63 batters in 47.1 innings pitched. Overall, Houston's bullpen has logged the best ERA (2.81), allowed the fewest hits (373) and given up the fewest home runs (36) in the league. That is downright scary.

3. Playoff Experience

Experience playing under the bright lights and in front of the most hostile crowds certainly comes in handy during the MLB Playoffs. The last thing a manager wants to see is one of their best players succumbing to the pressure in a do-or-die situation. The Astros are filled with players that know what it takes to win the World Series. Second baseman Jose Altuve owns a career slash line of .286/.361/.547 in the playoffs and third baseman Alex Bregman has smashed 12 home runs in his postseason appearances. Those two stars alongside veteran Yuli Gurriel were staples in the lineup that won it all only five years ago. They remain staples in the lineup now, too.

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