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Astros clinch fourth AL West title in past five years and will play White Sox in the ALDS

For the fourth time within the final 5 years, the Houston Astros are the AL West champions. The Astros clinched the division title Thursday evening because of a 3-2 win over the Rays (box score) thanks partially to a well timed Carlos Correa dwelling run. It’s the tenth division title in franchise historical past, together with Houston’s time within the NL West and NL Central.

The Astros will play the Chicago White Sox within the ALDS, which begins subsequent Thursday.

All three American League divisions have now been clinched. The Rays won the AL East and the White Sox won the AL Central, leaving the 2 wild-card spots because the league’s solely race. The Yankees presently occupy the highest spot whereas the Red Sox, Mariners, and Blue Jays are combating for the ultimate spot. The three division races are throughout, nevertheless.

Tampa has already clinched the best record in the American League, so the Astros are locked into going through the White Sox within the ALDS. Houston has not but clinched home-field benefit for that sequence, nevertheless, in order that’s subsequent on their to-do listing. The ALDS is scheduled to begin Thursday, Oct. 7.

As typical, the Astros have been led by a powerhouse offense this yr. They’re second in baseball in runs scored per sport whereas additionally having the sport’s lowest workforce strikeout charge. Stalwarts Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, and Yuli Gurriel have led the way in which, plus Kyle Tucker’s breakout helped compensate when Michael Brantley and Alex Bregman missed time with accidents.

Houston additionally has a top-five pitching employees by runs allowed per sport and workforce ERA+. Lance McCullers Jr. will get down-ballot Cy Younger assist and Luis Garcia is firmly within the Rookie of the 12 months combine. Veteran Zack Greinke has struggled recently, although Jake Odorizzi, José Urquidy, and Framber Valdez give the membership choices. Additionally, Ryan Pressly has been a lockdown nearer all yr.

The Astros put themselves able to win 4 division titles in 5 years with an aggressive rebuild that noticed the membership lose 324 video games from 2011-13. The rebuild led to a sustainable championship-caliber core and has spawned copycats throughout the league, although none have had as a lot success because the Astros.

Houston has superior to the ALCS yearly since 2017 and it ought to be famous that is their first division title — and first season with followers within the stands — because the sign-stealing scandal broke final offseason. They’ve been booed on the street all season and that may undoubtedly proceed in October.

The Astros are the seventh workforce to clinch a postseason spot this yr, becoming a member of the CardinalsBrewers, Giants, Dodgers, Rays, and White Sox.

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Huynh Nguyen

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