Why the Astros are the Team to Beat in 2022

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The 2022 Astros have many of the same attributes as the team of 2021, but with some key new additions. Kyle Tucker, Framber Valdez, and Luis Garcia are among the newer faces on the roster. Sure, Tucker has been around a few years but his role has been enhanced significantly. In 2021 this team won the AL pennant but lost to the Atlanta Braves in the World Series.

The Astros dominate

Although the Astros receive relatively little press, they are among the best teams in baseball and have consistently been great in recent seasons.  No team has a better record than the Astros overall since 2016.  That’s five years of domination. They have a great mix of young and veteran talent. Yordan Alvarez is a front-runner for MVP this year, and Jose Altuve has been his usual great self. Alex Bregman is another veteran leader who has a great track record. He struggled in the early half but seemed to get his momentum when it mattered. And rookie Jeremey Pena has been a revelation. He remains a contender for Rookie of the Year. Meanwhile, the team’s ace of aces (it has several), Justin Verlander (featured image), is the frontrunner for the Cy Young Award and is on pace to be one of the most dominant pitchers in MLB history.

While the Yankees were dominant during the first half of the regular season, the Houston Astros has dominated the second half and will be tough to beat in October. They’ve been tough in the postseason in the past, and their lineup has proven itself as one of the most dangerous in the league. Yordan Alvarez will probably be the best hitter in the series. Houston continues to be a top World Series contender.

The 2022 Houston Astros has the potential to be one of the best teams in baseball. As the likely American League West champions, the Astros are poised to be a force to be reckoned with in the postseason. This may be the best version of itself since 2017 and has been one of the best teams throughout the MLB since 2017.

One of the reasons the Astros are so good is their offense. Led by Yordan Alvarez, the Astros have an elite lineup. The team ranks near the top of the American League in doubles and on-base percentage. Additionally, the Astros’ rookie, Jeremey Pena, is on fire. He has done a great job helping Astros fans get over the loss of Carlos Correra to the Minnesota Twins. 

The Astros simply dominate. There is really no team that seems able to compete with them in the American League. And although there are some very talented teams in the National League, all of them will have their work cut out for them facing the Astros in a World Series.

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