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We expected these Astros to show up, but what did they do to deserve this start to the World Series?

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At the lowest point of Game 6 of the ALDS, it was clear the Astros had no business making it to the Series against the Boston Red Sox. They trailed 4-0 early, looked outmatched, down a man in the sixth and left with a postseason slash line of 4-13 and 26 earned runs in their first five games.

But they never gave up and got it together enough for a comeback that amounted to one victory. They followed that up with three straight wins, including a 12-2 victory in Game 5 that gave them the best record in baseball this season.

That it took them a full month, and Game 6 of an LCS, to finally put a team away in the post season has provided reason for some concern. But, ultimately, that will be a couple of weeks away.

“I don’t think you can ever feel comfortable in the postseason,” said Houston’s George Springer, who provided the Red Sox with an early safety net with a three-run homer in the first inning. “You have to go out and play your game every day. They’re a good team and they’ve done a lot of winning. It’s not going to be easy and no one’s got a lock on the opportunity.”

When asked about the surprising turnaround he felt in the last five games, A’s closer Blake Treinen summed it up perfectly: “And some momentum. There’s a lot of things that go into a team being in a position to be in this situation, and I can tell you it goes way beyond any Xs and Os.”

The Astros have a chance to defy the odds once again when they visit Yankee Stadium on Friday night to play the American League pennant game.

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