The ALDS is getting underway today.
The first matchup of the day features the Seattle Mariners and the Houston Astros.
The Astros are obviously considered to be the overwhelming favorites in this series, given that the Mariners are in the postseason for the first time since 2001 and the Astros are in for the seventh time in the last eight years.
But that doesn’t mean that everybody on the Astros’ side has experienced postseason baseball before.
In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
One Astros insider notes how there are seven current Astros on the roster who have yet to experience the bright lights of October.
Astros’ ALDS roster includes 7 players with no postseason playing experience: Hunter Brown, Mauricio Dubón, David Hensley, Trey Mancini, Rafael Montero, Hector Neris and Jeremy Peña.
— Julia Morales (@JuliaMorales) October 11, 2022
The Astros’ New Faces
But that doesn’t mean they won’t be ready.
The goal in Houston remains the same, and that is to win the World Series.
Could it give the Mariners a little bit of an advantage, given that there are several players on their roster who have experienced October baseball?
But it’s just an opportunity for some new faces to make an impression on the Astros and help guide them deep into October.
And who knows?
What’s great about October is that anybody can shine on the biggest stage.
Perhaps Mancini could have a coming out party of his own this October.
Some have been here before, while others are just getting their first taste of the bright lights.
We’ll see how the Astros’ newcomers handle the pressure.