World Series: 5 Astros players who could be difference makers

The Houston Astros are the favourites to win the World Series, but they will need to put in big performances to achieve that. The Astros had the highest batting average of any team in baseball (. 267), and were ninth in home runs (221), first in RBIs (834) and first in hits (1,496). Houston was seventh for ERA (3.2). 76), allowed the eighth least runs (604), were 11th in strikeouts (1,456), and opponents only batted . 228 against them.

It is a good strategy against the Atlanta Braves ,, who have an excellent team. It won the National League East, and the Braves will be tough to beat in the World Series.

Houston is looking to bring back their second World Series title since 2017.

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Here are five players who could prove to be difference-makers in the Fall Classic.

Framber Valdez

Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez celebrates in the dugout after the eighth inning in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in Boston.

Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez celebrates in the dugout after the eighth inning in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in Boston.
(AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

The Astros are likely to start Framber Valdez in Game 1 of the series. Houston was tied at 2-2 in ALCS, so Valdez’s game 5 performance gave Houston the advantage. His eight-inning stint allowed only one run and three hits, while he struck out five batters. Similar performances will be crucial against the Braves’ hot-hitting team.

Zack Greinke

Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke is taken out of the game against the Boston Red Sox during the second inning in Game 4 of baseball's American League Championship Series Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, in Boston.

Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke is taken out of the game against the Boston Red Sox during the second inning in Game 4 of baseball’s American League Championship Series Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, in Boston.

Zack Greinke started 29 games for the Astros during the 2021 season but has only appeared in two total games during the postseason. Greinke pitched in his only World Series in 2019 and had a 2. 45 ERA in two starts. In such a crucial spot, he can prove to be a valuable asset for the Astros. In Game 4, he lasted just 1/3 of an inning.

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Yordan Alvarez

Houston Astros' Yordan Alvarez celebrates after a double against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, in Houston.

Houston Astros’ Yordan Alvarez celebrates after a double against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, in Houston.
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Yordan Alvarez was the 2021 ALCS MVP. In the series against Boston, Alvarez was 12-for-23 with one home run, six RBIs, three doubles and a triple. He batted . 522 with a 1. 408 OPS. Alvarez is the best hitting player in baseball right now. Houston would benefit greatly if the trend continues in the final series.

Chas McCormick

Houston Astros' Chas McCormick walks in the dugout after striking out against the Boston Red Sox during the seventh inning in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, in Houston.

Houston Astros’ Chas McCormick walks in the dugout after striking out against the Boston Red Sox during the seventh inning in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, in Houston.
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Chas McCormick has the potential to be very useful for the Astros in the World Series, especially in strategic positions when the series shifts to the National League park. McCormick went 3-for-4 in the first game against Boston, but then he slowed down.

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Carlos Correa

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa celebrates after hitting a two-run double against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning in Game 2 of the American League Division Series Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in Houston.

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa celebrates after hitting a two-run double against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning in Game 2 of the American League Division Series Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in Houston.
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

It’s Carlos Correa’s time. As he is set to be a free agent, he could play his last at-bats for the Astros. Correa wasn’t doing much after his home run against Boston. He pointed to his watch but it was the shortstop who would have to be the one to make an impact in this series. His batting average was. 250 with a home run and five runs scored in the game. He will need to show patience and be able to get on base.

By editor