For the fourth time in the last six years, the World Series will feature the Houston Astros.
Houston clinched with a 6-5 come-from-behind win over the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the ALCS.
Now, they’ll await the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Astros are undefeated this October heading into their matchup with the resurgent Phillies.
But one thing that often comes back to bite teams in the postseason that doesn’t seem to be affecting the Astros is rest.
After sweeping the Seattle Mariners in the ALDS, they had three days of rest before the Yankees, who didn’t have any thanks to a weather-related postponement, came to town.
Now, they’ll have four days of rest prior to the Fall Classic.
Rest did not seem to hinder the Astros. 4 World Series appearances in 6 years, having withstood in recent years the departures of Cole, Springer, Correa. What a ridiculous player development machine.
— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 24, 2022
Astros Unaffected By Rest
Sometimes rest can hurt a team.
A perfect example of such as case would be the Detroit Tigers in 2006 and 2012.
They swept the ALCS both years and had to await their opponent for several days.
But even if that were the case with the Astros, it doesn’t seem to be affecting them in any way.
Granted, the Phillies will have the same amount of rest thanks to their Game 5 victory last night.
But often times, rest can cause problems.
The Astros though, have plowed through each of their opponents this postseason and will look for a repeat performance against the Phillies.
Houston may have a few days off before the start of the series, but if rest didn’t affect them after the ALDS, then it shouldn’t affect them in the World Series either.