Like it or not, the Astros are back in the final four.
Houston blew out the White Sox 10-1 on Tuesday to clinch its fifth consecutive ALCS appearance.
After their infamous 2019 cheating scandal, much of the MLB-watching public didn’t believe they could hit without stealing signs — and without their Big Three rotation, the Astros’ run seemed to be over.
But Houston found value elsewhere.
And despite yet another allegation of home-field cheating — Carlos Correa had some choice words for accuser Ryan Tepera — the offense had no problem racking up 31 runs and 38 hits across four games.
The Astros have now tied the 1971-75 Athletics for all-time consecutive ALCS appearances and have the most in either league since the Braves rattled off eight straight from 1991-99.
Their matchup with Boston sees Houston reunite with former bench coach Alex Cora — who had to sit out last year for his involvement in the scandal.