MLB teams often look for a star pitcher or a productive, controllable slugger.
Then, there are lucky teams like this Houston Astros It could say that they have both.
More than luck, it speaks to Houston’s ability to manage assets and develop talent over the years.
Since winning the 2017 World Series, they have remained extremely competitive in large part due to their star power.
Not only has he been the undisputed ace of the Astros, but he has also been one of the best bowlers in the American League and is a strong candidate cy young Prize.
On the other hand, we have Slugger yordan alvarezJoe became the top-five hitter in baseball in 2022.
“Jordan Alvarez’s” @ Astros 1.033 ops and is on pace to reach 40 hrs. Justin Verlander has a 1.85 ERA and is on pace to reach 20 wins. No team in MLB history has batted with a 40+ HR and 1.000+ OPS and a pitcher with 20+ wins and a sub-2.00 ERA in a single season,” the stats tweeted by the States.
The Jordan Alvarez @ Astros 1.033 ops and is on pace to reach 40 hrs.
Justin Verlander has a 1.85 ERA and is on pace to reach 20 wins.
No team in MLB history has a batsman with a 40+ HR and 1.000+ OPS and a pitcher with 20+ wins and a sub-2.00 ERA in a single season.
— Stats by Stats (@StatsBySTATS) 12 August 2022
Verlander and Alvarez are taking the Astros
You can say with confidence that Astro is being run by Alvarez and Verlander.
The first is reducing .295/.401/.633 and ranks third among the majors with 31 round-trippers.
He is one of only a few hitters with an OPS of 1.000 or more.
Meanwhile, Verlander has an incredibly impressive 1.85 ERA in 136 frames.
The workload is incredibly impressive, as Verlander did not pitch during rehabilitation from his surgery in 2021.
As long as they are both healthy, the Astros will have a great chance of repeating themselves as AL champions.