The Tampa Bay Rays had a 3-0 series lead over the Astros on Tuesday, and most baseball fans were riding high. But tonight the Houston Astros look to even the series behind Carlos Correa. We all wanted commissioner Rob Manfred to exact justice on Correa in 2017, but to no avail. Correa has his team back in contention. Our dreams are ruined.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 16, 2020
Correa has hit more homers since the start of the postseason than he did during the 60-game regular season. He’s obviously playing with a new edge. Correa may be justified in feeling as though his team hasn’t been given a fair shake, but it’s their own fault. They cheated and didn’t even have the decency to need to.
Regular season stats showed diminished players across the board, but the postseason shows a different story. Correa sits just two homers from the all-time record in a postseason. He’s also tied with David Ortiz with three postseason walk-off hits. To be fair to baseball history, we play far more games today than in previous generations. Still, it’s absolutely ridiculous that a shortstop would be in the running with arguably the most clutch postseason hitter of all time.
Where’s the justice?
Those who still dream of poetic justice against the Astros for the sign-stealing scandal are going to be unhappy. Aside from Jose Altuve having the yips, the team looks better than ever. The rookies have all contributed, and their veterans can handle pressure. Fans of the other 29 teams hoped that Carlos Correa would fail, but he’s on track to have an historic postseason.
Carlos Correa has been unstoppable— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 16, 2020
💥 Hit more HRs than in the regular season
💥 Third career walk-off hit ties David Ortiz for most-ever in the postseason
💥 Two homers away from tying the all-time playoff record
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.342 avg, 6 HRs, 14 RBI (1.272 OPS)
These postseason numbers should be too good to be true, but they’re not. Correa is a clutch Hall of Fame shortstop. It’s just that no one wanted to see it. David Ortiz and Derek Jeter had haters too, but they also had strong support. There isn’t much support for any Houston Astro outside of Dusty Baker these days.
As much as we may want to deny reality, Carlos Correa is better than we ever thought. He never turned in offensive postseasons of this magnitude, even while cheating. Only in our dreams did these Astros come back down to earth and justify our dismay for their cheating.
“Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.” – Bob Feller
Carlos Correa continues to bury our dreams and the stains of the 2017 scandal, one swing at a time.