Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series

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(Presswire)
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For the first time in franchise history, the Houston Astros are World Series champions. The ‘Stros beat the Dodgers in a somewhat anticlimactic Game Seven at Dodger Stadium earlier tonight. The final score was 5-1. Here are the box score, the video highlights, and the WPA graph.

The highlight of the game was, for sure, George Springer’s second inning two-run home run against Yu Darvish. That gave the Astros a 5-0 lead. Darvish allowed nine runs in 3.1 innings in his two World Series starts. Ouch. Springer, a semi-local kid from New Britain, hit .379/.471/1.000 in the series — that includes and 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in Game One — and was named World Series MVP. He tied Reggie Jackson’s and Chase Utley’s World Series record with five homers in the series.

The Astros do feature some personnel with ties to the Yankees. Most notably, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran wore pinstripes from 2014-16 before moving to Houston (for different reasons) this offseason. Congrats to them. Especially Beltran. He’s been waiting a long time to get a ring. Does he ride off into the sunset now?

There’s also Tyler Clippard, who wasn’t on Houston’s postseason roster after blowing more than a few games for the Yankees earlier this year. Clippard’s getting a ring. Life ain’t fair, man. Also, Lance McCullers Jr.’s father Lance Sr. played for the Yankees from 1989-90. He was traded to the Tigers for Matt Nokes.

Congrats to the Astros and their long-suffering fans, even though I hate them for beating the Yankees in the ALCS. The franchise has been around since 1962 and this is their first championship. And congrats to the Dodgers too. They had a great season. And now … the offseason.

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