Astros to Face a Gauntlet in the Big Apple

Every team has a particular part of their schedule that will determine if they’re legit or not, and that is the case for the Houston Astros. Starting tonight, the Astros will face the two best teams in the MLB, the Yankees and the Mets. Here’s a look at the upcoming series and what to watch for.

Meet the Mets

The New York Mets come to town for a quick two-game series in Houston before facing the Astros back at Citi Field next week. The Mets are coming off a series win against the Marlins and will send Trevor Willams and Carlos Carrasco to the bump to face an Astros offense that is finally starting to find its footing.

Sluggers Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor continue to pave the way for the Mets, with Alonso being the NL leader in home runs and Lindor being third in RBI. Jeff McNeil has also been good as he’s third in batting average in the NL.

The Astros offense has been heating up, and the pitching has stayed consistent. The Astros will send Jose Urquidy and Luis Garica to the mound during this two-game series as they look to beat one of the two best teams in the league.

This series could go either way, and it probably will. Both teams are equally matched, which is why this series will end in a split.

The Bronx Bombers

The Yankees and Astros have had some bad blood between them for the past few years, and whenever these two meet, there’s always a playoff-type atmosphere. This four-game series is a must-watch between the two best teams in the American League.

The Yankees became the first team in the league to win 50 games when they beat the Rays on Monday night, and they’ve been on fire lately. With a record of 50-17, New York is near unstoppable, but one team has been their kryptonite, especially in the postseason, the Astros.

This four-game series will feature some of each team’s best pitchers, such as Astros’ Justin Verlander and Yankees’ Nestor Cortes, not to mention two of the best bullpens in baseball.

The Yankees aren’t called the Bronx Bombers for nothing, it seems like they haven’t had a game yet in which they didn’t hit a long ball, as big-time power bat Aaron Judge leads the MLB in home runs this season with 25, and former Chicago Cub Anthony Rizzo isn’t far behind with 19.

Much like the Mets series, this series could very well end in a split, considering that these two teams are the best in the American League.

Crush City

The Astros will face their most challenging part of the schedule this week, and with how well this team has played, they should do just fine. Should things go sideways, the Astros currently hold a ten-game advantage over the Angels for the American League West lead.

The Astros should be able to go 3-3 this week, or who knows, maybe 5-1, or 6-0?

The players to watch for are Alex Bregman, who is currently finding his way again, Yordan Alvarez coming off the bench with a hand injury, and Justin Verlander, who will look to make up for his bad start last time out.

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