Houston Astros

Houston Astros improbable run finally comes to an end

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 17: Blake Taylor #62 of the Houston Astros is congratulated by teammates Aledmys Diaz #16, Carlos Correa #1 and Martin Maldonado #15 as he leaves the game during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game Seven of the American League Championship Series at PETCO Park on October 17, 2020 in San Diego, California.

The Astros had finished the regular season with a 29-31 record, a team that had zero business being in the postseason, but had advanced due to the rules governing the expanded playoffs.

The Astros, the worst team in the AL bracket, were now matched up with the top seeded Tampa Bay Rays.

Another victory in Game Six, when Kevin Cash decided to pull Blake Snell after four plus innings, left the Astros on the verge of an incredible comeback.

They were devastated by injuries all season, losing the defending Cy Young winner in Justin Verlander , the 2019 AL Rookie of the Year in Yordan Alvarez , and their All Star closer in Roberto Osuna .

Baker managed to take a cast of rookies as his pitching staff, and brought Houston to within a game of the World Series.

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