For the fourth time in the last six years, the Houston Astros are American League champions.
With a 6-5 win in Game 4 of the ALCS on Sunday night, the Astros punched their ticket to the World Series and eliminated the New York Yankees.
Prior to the season, Houston had lost its star shortstop Carlos Correa to the Minnesota Twins.
Without him, Houston had a hole to fill.
But along came Jeremy Pena, who clearly didn’t find Correa’s shoes too big to fill.
Pena hit a three-run homer in last night’s game to get Houston on the board, and after their clinching win, Pena was named ALCS MVP.
JEREMY PEÑA IS THE ALCS MVP! pic.twitter.com/Q1kvmylooL
— Houston Astros (@astros) October 24, 2022
Pena Earns ALCS MVP Honors
Carlos Correa who?
Pena has burst onto the scene and given the Astros everything that Correa was able to during his time in Houston.
Over four games in the ALCS, Pena went 6-for-17 with two home runs, four RBI, three runs scored, and two doubles.
There certainly aren’t any tears in Houston right now over Correa.
Not when his replacement just earned ALCS MVP honors.
Pena has been clutch for the Astros all postseason long and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.
The Astros will match up with the National League champion Philadelphia Phillies, who clinched earlier in the day on Sunday, beating the San Diego Padres 4-3 in Game 5 of the NLCS.
Houston will ride Pena’s hot bat into a matchup with a team on an improbable run starting on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.
The World Series will air on FOX Sports.