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Are the Astros a dynasty? Plus, Aaron Rodgers historically bad in Packers’ loss to Lions

Are the Astros a dynasty? Plus, Aaron Rodgers historically bad in Packers' loss to Lions


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THE HOUSTON ASTROS

Legends born. Legacies cemented. The Houston Astros have done it, and they’ve done it with a team-wide dominance befitting of a champion. The Astros beat the Phillies, 4-1, in Game 6 on Saturday night to win their second World Series in franchise history — and second in the last six years.

Let’s start with the pitching, which was truly outstanding.

When we talk about legacies cemented, Verlander’s Game 5 did just that. When we talk about legends born, Valdez’s incredible postseason did just that. Same for rookie Jeremy Peña, who won both ALCS MVP and World Series MVP. As for someone already well on his way to building a legacy, Yordan Alvarez did just that with a go-ahead three-run home run in the sixth inning.

Finally, when we talk about cementing legacies, how can we not talk Dusty Baker? One of baseball’s truly lovable characters finally has a well-deserved ring as a manager, writes MLB expert Matt Snyder

  • Snyder: “Baker is now one of nine managers to win a pennant from both leagues. No other manager has ever won a division with five different teams. His 2,093 regular-season wins ranks ninth in…

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