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Dodgers: Astros General Manager Guarantees Team Will Finish with Better Record than Yankees and Los Angeles

The Astros currently sit half a game behind the Yankees and Astros for best record in baseball.

HOUSTON, TEXAS - JUNE 09: Yordan Alvarez #44 of the Houston Astros flies out to left field in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park on June 09, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

According to many, the Houston Astros are the best team in baseball. They sit in a class of the three elite teams — Dodgers, Astros, and Yankees — as has been the case for what seems like the entirety of the season.

If you ask the general manager of the Houston Astros, Jeff Luhnow, the Astros have a sole claim to the throne of ‘best team in baseball’ and will top both the Dodgers and Yankees at the conclusion of the regular season. Only time will tell.

Here is what Luhnow, considered one of the best GMs in MLB, had to say about his confidence in the Houston Astros:

“Right now we’re half a game behind L.A. for the best record in all of baseball, and I think we are going to pass them. I think we are going to pass the Yankees. I think we are going to pass them because you just think about what we are putting out there every night.”

The Astros (87-47) currently sit just half a game behind the Dodgers and Yankees who hold the same record of 88-47. With the season just a month away from its end, Luhnow’s statement is not too crazy, but he is simply betting on his team. There is a chance he is right, but there is an even greater chance he is wrong.

The Dodgers are in the midst of a season that feels even more magical than 2017, when they lost to Luhnow’s Astros in seven games in the World Series. The Yankees have continued to produce without one of their best offensive producers in Giancarlo Stanton and their ace Luis Severino.

The Astros are a really, really good team. There is a very solid chance that if the Dodgers are fortunate enough to make it to the World Series, it will be a rematch of 2017.

For more context, as well, the Dodgers lead both the Astros and Yankees — all of MLB for that matter — in run differential. The Dodgers are at +222 runs, the Astros are at +211, and the Yankees are at +160.

Luhnow’s comments should light even more of a fire under the Dodgers in yet another effort to prove the city of Houston wrong and to potentially get even this year in October.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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    • Agree. Hate to say it, but I have known that all along, even before the Astros picked up Greinke. I have had questions about the Yanks rotation, but they outpitched us, outhit us and have a slammed door bullpen. All of this while we tinker and limp along with a different lineup of disgruntled guys every night. Guys who are itching to get out of town to play regularly.

  1. We need to miss the World Series. Don’t give them the satisfaction of beating us twice. Let WSH or ATL lose to them in what will be a much more boring matchup to kind of take away from their World Series a little bit

  2. Daniel check out the recent Wall Street Journal article about the Astros pitchers striking out the most batters and Astros batters being struck out the least. Run differential is an interesting performance metric but so is this statistic.

    • Their pitchers are cheating. Anyone that puts on their uniform suddenly has among the highest spin rates in baseball

  3. he never guaranteed anything. just expressed confidence in his team. silly writer hype. hey i am an astro fan but noone is a sure thing. the playoffs will be a dogfight.!

  4. Love our Los Angeles Dodgers, The Best Players ever, if only the Manager Roberts would stop putting players in different positions all the time and use better judgment on when to change pitchers ??????

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