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Astros Regular Season Review

The Houston Astros set the best record in the American League as their eyes now shift to the playoffs.

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 04: Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) delivers a pitch during the baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on May 4, 2022 in Houston, TX. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire)

The 2022 Houston Astros regular season review is finally upon us.

With the best record in the American League at 106-56 and the franchise’s second best record, the team seemingly breezed through the season.

We were lucky enough to see 106 play that song tweets from Dez.

The season started off just fine with the Los Angeles Angels running the show for the first month. MLB fans and commentators were acting like the king was dead until the Angels somehow lost a bajillion games in a row, and reality set in. The Astros still run the West, and still run the American League.

The team also had two Cy Young’s on the team. Justin Verlander came back for the first time since 2020 and had one impeccable season. He posted 5.9 WAR, an 18-4 record, 1.75 ERA, 175 IP, and 185 strikeouts to add to his career total of 3198 which puts him 12th all time.

Houston’s second Cy Young was our beloved drip lord, Framber Valdez. He pitched the most innings in the league this season with 201, and would be almost anyone’s game one starter if he weren’t on the same team as Justin Verlander. Valdez also set a single season record for most quality starts in a row, not a big deal.

The starting pitching staff is loaded with those two along with our ice king, Lance McCullers Jr., Cristian Javier, Jose Urquidy, JV 2.0 Hunter Brown, the list seems to be never ending. Can you imagine the jealousy of other fan bases of the depth the Astros have in the starting pitching?

Jose Altuve had one of the best seasons of his career, rivaling his 2017 MVP season, and is looking at a Silver Slugger award for second base.

Alex Bregman had his first child, and returned to his 2019 form at the mid-point of the season.

Yordan Alvarez still hits so many dongs, and is actually quite good in left field. What a season for Dez’s son.

Kyle Tucker is probably going to win MVP next season with the rule changes to the shift. He nearly had a 30/30 season with homers and steals, and has a cool new home run celebration.

I haven’t even mentioned our new stud shortstop, Jeremy Peña. He’s incredibly handsome, and also incredibly gifted in the field. He’s rounding into form just as October came around.

There was so much good this regular season with the Houston Astros, but as we all know, the job isn’t finished just yet. The playoffs are right around the corner and celebrating will have to wait until November. Just remember, the AL runs through Houston.

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