The Houston Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6 of the World Series by the final score of 4 to 1. A three-run home run off the bat of Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez in the sixth inning was all the Astros need to oust the Phils behind another impressive start from Framber Valdez. Astros shortstop Jeremy Peña made history becoming just the third rookie to win the Willie Mays World Series MVP Award.
The Astros dynasty that rose to prominence with a core of talented hitters is now powered by an impressive pitching staff of homegrown international free agents. The championship is the second in Astros history, following 2017’s victory still mired in controversy with allegations of cheating via sign stealing. For five years, the team faced a flurry of booing and jeers wherever they traveled. However, the Astros reached the AL Championship Series each year – and the World Series three times – as they strived to legitimize their success. There’s no asterisk this time [as far as we know]. While this victory cannot erase history, it helps isolate the cheating scandal as a one-off rather than a crutch for the team’s only title. Most importantly, 25-year veteran manager Dusty Baker finally wins his first championship at the ripe age of 73, becoming the oldest to do so.
For the Phillies, an almost Cinderella season ends with a slipper slightly unfit. With 87 regular season wins, the Phils were the last team to make the playoffs in the National League – all praises to the new playoff format. Nonetheless, the team clicked at the right time, riding timely home runs and strong starting pitching to the Fall Classic. Unfortunately, Houston conquered the Phils’ offensive firepower, limiting them to just three runs in the final three games. Though they fell short of the ultimate goal, the Phillies put together a fantastic season and should have much of the same core back next season.
Shoutout to Houston’s own Mattress Mack for turning $10 million in bets into the biggest legal payout in sports betting history with his $75 million win.
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