The Houston Astros remain the class of the AL West and will provide tough test for both Mets, Yankees

The naysayers can no longer complain about the Yankees beating up on a soft schedule.

As the team blitzed everything in sight on their way to a historic start, many people pointed out that their April and May schedules included a lot of Orioles, Tigers and Royals. The sentiment grew strong enough to become a bit of a meme on Yankees Twitter, adding fuel to the fire for a fanbase that somehow believes rooting for the most successful franchise in North American sports is some kind of hardship.

But the Yankees have dominated in June as well, handling several teams that are currently in playoff position or were when the Yankees stomped them out. The test continues this weekend, as the Astros come to Yankee Stadium for a four-game series that also serves as the first meeting between these long-simmering rivals. Houston — a team currently hosting the Mets — will stick around in the Big Apple after their jaunt in the Bronx, not to see the tourist attractions, but for another quick two-gamer at the Mets’ place.

The Astros have undoubtedly been baseball’s biggest bully of the last five years. Most fans, even the casual ones, recognize Houston’s place in Major League Baseball’s hierarchy. The well-publicized cheating scandal helped with that, giving them much more haters than admirers, but people rarely waste their energy despising losing teams.

No American League team has won more games since 2017 than the Astros, who enter Tuesday with the AL’s second-best record (41-25) behind the Yankees and are poised for their sixth straight postseason appearance. With the Angels’ star-studded roster and the Mariners retooling during the offseason, skeptics started to speculate about the end of the Astros’ reign of terror. Both the Angels and Mariners have been wildly disappointing in their own ways this year, and Houston …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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