What Await Houston Astros As MLB Playoffs Against Minnesota Twins Come Closer?

NEW DELHI: The defending champion Houston Astros are gearing up to face the Minnesota Twins in one of four second-round playoff series openers in Major League Baseball (MLB) this Saturday, with Twins shortstop Carlos Correa drawing special attention due to his history with the Astros.

 

Correa spent seven seasons with the Astros, contributing to their 2017 World Series victory, before departing last year. Astros second baseman Jose Altuve commented on the upcoming matchup, acknowledging Correa’s talent and leadership, stating, “We’ve got to go out there and beat him even though we like him a lot… We’ve got to be careful… He was a great leader for our team when he was here.”

 

 

The Astros are striving to become the first team since the 1998-2000 New York Yankees to achieve consecutive MLB titles. Altuve expressed confidence in their chances, emphasizing the importance of teamwork and the desire to win back-to-back titles.

Correa brings impressive playoff experience, with 60 runs batted in, making him the active player with the most postseason RBIs. He played a crucial role in the Twins’ breaking of an 18-game playoff losing streak, the longest in American sports history.

 

The Twins will enter the series with confidence, believing they can compete against any opponent. Their performance in the regular season included a 4-2 record against the Astros, but their last meeting with Houston was back in May.

 

Saturday will also feature other best-of-five series openers, including Texas facing Baltimore in the American League and Arizona taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers, while Philadelphia plays against Atlanta in the National League.

 

 

Justin Verlander, a two-time World Series champion, is set to pitch game one for the Astros, who boast an impressive track record in AL division series openers and division series home games. However, the Astros had a challenging home record this season, going 39-42.

Astros outfielder Chas McCormick expressed the team’s determination to redeem themselves at home, saying, “We’re starting from zero. Regular season is over. I don’t think any numbers matter now.”

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