When last I posted, the World Series was ongoing. I got frustrated at repeated WordPress glitches. I’m back now to try again.
Of course that means I did not write about the second World Series no-hitter ever. It was one of the most 2020’s baseball things ever. The Astros used 4 pitchers. Even a no-hitter doesn’t get you a complete game as a starting pitcher.
I had predicted that the Phillies could win if their offense dominated, but that the Astros would win if the series got to 6 or 7 games. I’ll give myself an A+ for that…and ignore that I totally blew the entire NL playoff prognostication.
With the end of the season, Dusty Baker re-upped on a one year deal. As long as the Astros remain in a competitive window, Baker can probably manage as long as he likes. At age 73, one year at a time probably makes sense too.
They need a new GM, though. Owner Jim Crane also offered Click a one year deal. He’s a lot younger than Baker though, and felt he should get more. He didn’t and so he apparently channeled his inner Johnny Paycheck.
Justin Verlander, as expected, opted for free agency. Even without him, the Astros top of the rotation is strong with Framber Valdez and Cristian Javier.
Reliever Rafael Montero signed a new three year deal for $34.5M.
The team has won four pennants and two championships (even if one gets a mental *) in the past 6 years. Bregman and Altuve are signed though 2024. Expect the Astros to be a contender again next year.