Editor's note: As the NLCS and ALCS get underway, SN will present a case for wh

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Editor's note: As the NLCS and ALCS get underway, SN will presenta case for why each of the remaining four teams will win the 2019 World Series.Theiropponentmay attract more national attention, but make no mistake: The Astros are still the World Series favorites. Pitted against the Yankees for a trip to the Fall Cla sic, Houston Ahkello Witherspoon Jersey has absolutely no reason to be intimidated by New York, havingbeen to the ALCS three straight years and winning a championship in 2017.Manager A.J. Hinch's squad po se ses a mix of balance and star power. It has experience on this stage. It has two MVPs and two Cy Young winners, with a third in Gerrit Cole potentially set to win the latter award this year.WHY THEY'LL WIN IT ALL: | | Here's a breakdown of why the Astros are so dangerous entering the ALCSand in good shape to win the World Series:1. Verlander, Cole, GreinkeThe heart of this Astros team is the outstanding starting pitching trio of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke. Greinke, of course, was acquired from the Diamondbacks at the July 31 trade deadline to complete the Big 3. Against the Rays in the ALDS, Verlander and Greinke struggled at times while Cole pitched lights-out, winning Game 2and Game 5.The Yankees are Kenny Pickett Jersey an offensive juggarnaut built to overwhelm opponents with brute force. That's what happened when they swept the Twins, who surrendered 23runs acro s the three contests. But if even two of Verlander, Cole and Greinke are locked in, slowing down that potent New York order, the whole balance of the series will be shifted in Houston's favor. There are few things more demoralizing in baseball than having your greatest strength sapped. The Astros are capable of doing that.Part of what makes the rotation so powerful for Houston is the late-inning relievers behind the starters. Will Harris, Ryan Pre sly and Roberto Osuna are able toshut the door more times than not when Rashaad Coward Jersey the starters fail to surpa s six innings. In tandem, that will give fits to the Yankees and a World Series opponent.2. Been there, crushedthatUnlike the Yankees, Cardinals and Nationals, this Astros team is brimming with batterswho have ALCS and World Series experience. Houston'sroster carries six position players Arthur Maulet Jersey who have played in a winning World Series effort more than the other remaining teamscombined. George Springer, Carlos Correa and Jose Altuvehave proven they can come through under pretty much any circumstance. They can perhaps handle under-pre sure at-bats better than anyone else in the game.Beyond that, though, the Astros' lineup also has a longer regular season track record of being great than at least the Nationals and Cardinals, and perhaps the Yankees as well. Springer, Correa, Altuve, Alex Bregman and Michael Brantley have beenamong the most consistent offensive threats of the decade they have 498home runs among themand have been worth a combined value of 132.2wins over replacement. When healthy, as they all are now, they have almost always been excellent.The Astros carry other bats that have been around the gamea long time and have had succe s, such as Najee Harris Jersey Robinson Chirinos and Josh Reddick. Plus, Rookie of the Year candidate Yordan Alvarez gives the group a fresh, exciting wild card who could deliver even more damage on opponents if he gets hot in the ALCS.Experience obviously isn't everything, but it would seem to be an important deterrent to becoming rattled over the course of a seven-game series. Houston's offense should continue to play up in the coming weeks.3. Smarts behind the curtainAn underrated aspect of the Astros is their cohesive management structure. A.J. Hinch is a rare modern manager with almost universal faith behind him he's 481-329in his time at the helm in Houston with 21 Cameron Heyward Jersey postseason victories. He has also seemed to jibe well with his a sistants and a frontoffice intent on maximizing this window of contention.Many pitchers in recent years, most notably Verlander and Cole, have boosted their play upon arriving in Houston. Those improvements have been widely attributed to an that piggybacks on .While New York, Washington and St. Louis have solid staffs, it seems Houston is by far the best in the big leagues right now fromtoptobottom. With perhaps the most talented overall roster of the teams remaining in the postseason, that backroom talent could give the Astros the extra lift to secure their second title in three seasons.
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