The Astros claim a post-scandal championship and raise the dynasty issue by bringing down Phillies in Game 6

It’s afternoon Houston Astros. Five years after their successful exit from controlled burning, and three years after the team-signals-stealing scandal that ravaged the sport, baseball competitors everywhere bet their claim to a despised, but undeniable championship. With six other roles of great work from Framber Valdez and swing resounding from Jordan AlvarezAstros . cut Philadelphia Phyllis In Game 6, 4-1, to win the 2022 World Championship.

In the beginning, a duel between Valdez and Velez is a writer Zach WheelerGame 6 turned in the sixth inning, when the freshmen got tired and the bats caught. Phyllis Slugger Kyle Schwarber He opened the scoring—and raised Philadelphia’s hopes—with Homer solo off Valdez. But at the bottom of the frame, the Astros responded with an avalanche.

Light hitter Martin Maldonado crowded the board to win first base on hit after hit. shortstop Jeremy Rock One cracked to chase Wheeler out of the game, and then Alvarez unloaded a fast ball from Jose Alvarado, as Homer fired the green light from three runs with a track that didn’t include much in the way of the descent.

For six consecutive seasons, the Astros have at least reached the ALCS, four times reached the World Championships. But since that victory in 2017, they’ve fallen twice to foes of NL East. last year was Atlanta Braves. And in 2019 – just before their plan to steal the banners was revealed – they had killed Goliath by Washington citizens. A group of the main characters remained consistent – Jose Altov, Alex BergmanAnd the Yuli Gouriel And the Justin Verlander – But a lot of faces have changed.

The second wave of the Astros crashed on the Phillies. Valdez, a devious leftist who broke out of Houston’s star player development process in 2018, kicked off two of the Astros’ World Championship wins, including a sixth game win. Carlos Correa This season, he has progressed in the squad and won the World Player of the Year award. Alvarez, the world’s top hitter obtained for a medium commute, delivered a knockout that Velez rightly feared but couldn’t stop.

At the top, manager Dusty Baker and general manager James Click took over when AJ Hinch and Jeff Luhnow were ousted in the wake of MLB’s investigation into banner theft and continued mining wins amid the turmoil.

Baker, in the 25th season of a highly successful managerial career, finally won his first world championship after two previous close calls and countless play-offs. His task since 2019, of cohesioning and externally representing a club viewed with caution or outright hostility, has been a difficult one. But as it is the Baker method, you’ll never know. With the Astros crawling in a tense Game 6 duel, his superstitious solution was to travel to the other side of the lair in search of a breakthrough. Alvarez sympathized after a moment.

Postseason that began as a celebration of the underdog is concluded with a definitive statement by a towering power.

The Astros have won 100 or more matches in four of the past five full seasons – their 541st regular season wins second only to Los Angeles Dodgers Since the beginning of 2017. But where they really stood out is October. Over the same period, they have won 53 of their 86 playoff games – an average of nearly 100 wins. They didn’t lose the 2022 game after the season ended until the first World Championship.

In a sport usually reliant on prediction, the Astros have been remarkably consistent in attracting the brightest lights to Minute Maid Park.

Signal-stealing questions – and boos – aren’t going anywhere. But the stars are not.

Astros footballer Jordan Alvarez celebrates his home run for three rounds, a green blast that proved crucial in Houston’s World Series 6 title win over the Phillies. (AP Photo/Sue Ogroki)

The unexpected term for Velez comes short

Departed in six matches, he ran out of power for the Velez after a magical month. The club, which sacked manager Joe Girardi in early June, limped until October, then exploded in the playoffs as egotistical chaos agents.

They knocked two class winners off the bars and won the losing derby with San Diego Padres. Confronting the unbeaten Astros in the post-season, they sent early punches to the gut.

But after Game 3’s fireworks display, their power supply malfunctions. A little support joined Schwarber and Bryce Harper in the squad. Finally the oxen pillar that had merged crashed and grabbed him. The roles are getting more and more difficult, and they don’t have the answers anymore.

With Rob Thomson now installed on top of the step and Dave Dombrowski directed to the front desk, the Phillies will be committed to making a comeback. Harper isn’t going anywhere, and other staples like Schwarber have been signed for at least three more seasons. A few months ago, qualifying was still a hindrance to be cleared.

Now they’ll reload and return to the stacked NL East with higher expectations and proof of concept.

What’s next for the Astros?

For the Astros, there is a sense that their dark, challenging chapter is over. Winning a post-scandal championship won’t quell the boos or erase the stigma of the 2017 team’s moral downfall, far from it. But it will force the world of baseball into a downturn as the Astros who look more and more like a dynasty become a fuller spectacle. Risen from rebuilding, and then rising against the rage caused by their misdeeds, the Astros completed two parentheses with two formulas that only partially overlap.

The team that originally emerged with a core of highly drafted hitters like Bregman is now equally known for its staff of local international dealers.

Infrastructure is still among the elite in the game, but change may come again in Houston. If they were to turn their story into a trilogy, it might require a third set of characters in the lead roles.

Both Baker and Click were not signed for the 2023 season. After the match, the 73-year-old Baker enjoyed his hard-earned victory, but hinted that he wouldn’t take off towards sunset.

“I said if I win one, I want to win two,” Becker exclaimed in an interview with the FOX Sports postgame.

Team owner Jim Crane said he will talk about their future this week. Reports indicated that Klik, hired General Motors from Tampa Bay Rays To keep the ball rolling after the scandal, he might be on his way out. Several front-office dignitaries have already left in recent weeks – the system’s bridging assistant, GM Pete Boutella, has left for San Francisco GiantsAnd international scouting manager Oz Ocampo got a promotion with Miami Marlins.

Also not committed to next season? Justin Verlander. AL Cy Young’s favorite, returning from Tommy John’s surgery at age 39, will hit the free agent market days after taking his second ring (and his first personal win at the World Championships).

Beyond that? The team on the field could look very similar, if the Astros front office wanted it. Bergman, Altov and Alvarez remain linked to the team for several seasons in the contract extension. Binya and Kyle Tucker, the underrated star who took home the final, is still years away from free agency. And Valdes can advance strongly for five players even if Verlander holds out.

Whoever gets to come in Houston in 2023 will be wearing goals on their backs. But then again, that’s been true for years, and it hasn’t slowed them down yet.