Astros Clinch AL West and 100-Win Season


Tyson Gagliano, Editor

The Houston Astros have defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 to clinch the AL West for the fifth time in six years.

The ‘Stros have won the AL West every year for the past six years except for 2020, in the shortened 60-game season.

Houston continues their dominate run, notching 100 wins for the fourth time in five seasons. (Excluding 2020, shortened season)

This marked the ‘Stros fifth 100-win season in franchise history.

As it stands now, the Astros currently have the best record in the American League, and the second best record in all of baseball.

The only other team currently to have 100 or more wins are the Los Angeles Dodgers, who sit at 106-47.

The results this season has been expected, but a surprise at the same time with superstar shortstop Carlos Correa leaving for Minnesota and star pitcher Justin Verlander coming off Tommy John surgery.

Instead, rookie Jeremy Peña filled the gap at shortstop, with an impressive rookie campaign that has him in the running for AL rookie of the year.

Verlander on the other hand, continued to be Justin Verlander, putting up another dominate season which puts him in the running for the Cy Young award.

Currently, Verlander has a 1.82 ERA which is the best in baseball. The second-best ERA sits at 2.06.

Pitcher Framber Valdez has shown he’s one of the best pitchers in baseball this season with 25 straight quality starts. An MLB record. He currently leads the majors with 26.

For the other side of the mound, DH Yordan Alvarez continues to tear it up, batting .303 with 135 hits, 96 RBI’s and 37 home-runs. Which is tied for fourth in all of baseball.

Houston continues to be hot as the playoffs quickly approach.

The Wild Card round begins Friday, Oct. 7.