Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: June 29, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Now the major sports league always like it when the big market teams are good, especially the New York teams. That explains why the majority of the focus in Major League Baseball has been on the New York Yankees with the New York Mets also getting their share of attention. While this is all well and good, it’s just how the media works. Unfortunately, when they do this, they miss out on other teams.

Is the media sleeping on the Houston Astros?

The Astros just finished a homestand that wrapped up with a two-game sweep of the Mets. The Astros then went to New York and split a four-game series with the Yankees before moving over to Citi Field to face the Mets in a two-game series.

In the last seven games against the New York teams the Astros are 5-2 with one game left in New York against the Mets before heading home to host the Yankees for one game.

After tomorrow the Astros only have two more games against the Yankees. Houston will host the Yankees for a doubleheader on July 21st. If the Astros were to face the Yankees again it would have to be in the American League playoffs, and they won’t face the Mets again unless they meet in the World Series.

Now you might not think that a split against the Yankees is that impressive, but both of the games the Astros lost went into extra innings, so that means they used that incredibly stupid runner on 2nd rule. If things would’ve went a little bit different in New York for the Astros, they could’ve won three of four from the Yankees or possibly swept them.

I’m sure a lot of the media that talks about the Yankees and only the Yankees hasn’t seen much of the Astros since they’re in the American League West and their games are generally on at 9:00 p.m. or 10:00 p.m. East coast time.

In case you’re wondering the Astros are 46-27 and in 1st place in the American League West. Houston has a 10-game lead over the 2nd place Texas Rangers, so it looks like the Astros will cruise to their 5th American League West title in six years.

Now it’s easy to dislike the Astros since they had the cheating scandal after winning the World Series in 2017 and while there are still a few players remaining from that team on the current Astros roster it is probably time to let that anger go.

While we’re on Astros vs. Yankees there’s a chance another battle these two teams will have might be over the American League MVP award.

It seems clear right now that the media is favoring Aaron Judge of the Yankees as the MVP favorite, but Yordan Alvarez of the Astros might not be too far behind him.

Judge is hitting .289, Alvarez is hitting .321. Judge has 28 home runs and 57 RBI’s while Alvarez has 23 home runs and 56 RBI’s. Judge has an OPS of .992 while Alvarez is at 1.081. Judge is Slugging .629 while Alvarez is at .667.

Any way you look at it these two are neck and neck. Of course, Judge is going to have that East coast media behind him and I’m sure if they stay this close with their numbers Judge will win the MVP, but I hope the voters are smart enough to look at what Alvarez has done before they make it a slam dunk for Judge.

Now it’s time for you to chime in. Do you feel that the Astros have been overlooked? Looking at it right now do you think that either the Astros or the Yankees will be the American League’s representative in the World Series?

Of course, I want to know what you think about the MVP debate as well. Right now, would you vote for Judge or Alvarez? Maybe it’s possible you’re not leaning towards either of those players. If that’s the case let me know who your front runner for American League MVP is.

Don’t forget that you can find me on Twitter @Burketime.

Comments
  1. Alvarez is having a terrific season and, if I had a vote, I’d choose him over Judge. But you know that with the east coast prejudice, Judge will run away with the MVP voting.
    Despite the scandal, Houston has been one of the best teams in baseball for several years and always seems to give a good account of themselves in the playoffs.
    Despite that, I’m still sticking to a Yankees- Dodgers world series which reminds me of what I used to see year after year when I first starting watching and listening to baseball in 1947.

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