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Raheel Ramzanali: Some good follows on Twitter for Astros season

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Twitter makes everything better. I know we all have our issues with Twitter and the negative crap it brings out in people, but to me it’s all about who you follow and who you engage with on a daily basis that can make your daily experience a blast. This rule is incredibly important when it comes to sports Twitter. Fans are passionate and will be unreasonable when it comes to their teams so finding the follows is key. That’s why I want to highlight some cool accounts I follow for discussions, info and more when it comes to our Houston Astros. I apologize if I left any out.

  • @JuliaMorales - Julia is the best in the business when it comes to reporting and she takes no breaks on Twitter before, during, and after games. Her Twitter game is even more impressive because she’s doing it while working on the AT&T Sports Net broadcast. Now most Astros fans are already following her, but in case you’re not, you need to ASAP.

  • @BrianMcTaggart - If you like Tids and Bits then you’ll love Brian’s Tidbits. Brian has been covering the team since 2004 and is a tremendous beat writer for MLB.com. Again, I know most Astros fans follow him, but just wanted to be sure to include the great McTags.

  • @LinkCalhoun - Calhoun is the king of gifs. If there’s something gif worthy from a game then this man will have it up and giffing within a minute. Calhoun isn’t just an Astros follow so get ready for gifs from across the sports world.

  • @pmclellan - Patrick McLellan LOVES the Houston Astros. He loves them so much that he joined forces with @AstrosCounty to host the wildly popular fan podcast Lima Time Time. Pat is super active during the games and will also work in some daily observations to breakup your timeline from the nonstop Texans content during the offseason.  Oh, he’s also a Clements High School alum so shout out to the Rangers fam out here making a difference in the world.

  • @AstrosCounty - Shout out to the Thickie Don for putting out great Astros content for years and years. He’s the other half of the above mentioned Lime Time Time podcast and also runs AstrosCounty.com. The Don is also writing for The Athletic now so that’s super cool.

  • @AstrosFuture - You love a good prospect? You love a good Astros prospect?! Well, this account is for you then. Jimmy Price keeps you up on everything happening in the farm system and what players are doing with daily updates. Want more than just tweets? His website has very thorough breakdowns of all the guys at AstrosFuture.com.

  • @HouCounterPlot - The Archbishop provides the perfect blend of humor and content during the games and is an institution on #AstrosTwitter. Bonus: click on his link in the bio.

  • @AstrosOptimism2 - He was once @AstrosOptimism, but after he forgot his password and got locked out of his account, he became @AstrosOptimism2.  Okay, I’m not sure if that’s the case, but that’s what I’m hoping it is. My man optimism sat through the dark years like everyone on this list and came out for the better.  

  • @DrewShirleyShow - Houstonians might remember Drew from his days on TV here, but he’s now one of the most active members of #AstrosTwitter. His blend of insight and snark makes for a great follow during games and while you need to pass some time on Twitter.

  • @AstrosGuy - When he's not dominating with beer tweets, AstrosGuy is providing leadership to the #RootRootDrink movement during games. Follow him for good Astros content and the latest brews. 

  • @ChivesMcGee - The only reason you shouldn't follow Chives is because of his endless love for Seattle based rapper Macklemore, but his Astros enthusiasm makes up for it. Chives is also up on the latest news so he adds way more than just Astros talk. 

  • @WillMoriarity86 - There was a time when I would see Will every day in person - Now I see him every day on Twitter. Will responds to every tweet you send his way and isn’t shy about voicing his opinion so get ready to interact with him during games. I know I missed a bunch of other good follows, so please send me your suggestions on Twitter! @The_Raheel.

 

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Yordan Alvarez provided the offense to back up more stellar pitching by the Astros as they took ALCS game 6 to advance to the 2021 World Series. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

After splitting the first two games of this series in Houston then falling behind in the series 2-1 by dropping the first of three games in Boston, the Astros took over the ALCS in Games 4 and 5, sending them back to their home crowd with a chance to finish things off in Game 6 at Minute Maid Park. After another stellar performance by their pitching staff and more timely hitting, they would accomplish that mission, winning the series and moving on to the 2021 World Series.

Final Score: Astros 5, Red Sox 0

ALCS Series (Best of Seven): Houston wins 4-2

Winning Pitcher: Luis Garcia

Losing Pitcher: Nathan Eovaldi

Houston strikes first to start tightly-contested Game 6

After a scoreless top of the first inning by Boston's offense, the Astros capitalized on a chance to be first to score in the bottom of the frame. Alex Bregman started the two-out rally, reaching base on a single against Nathan Eovaldi for the first hit of the night. Yordan Alvarez followed, delivering his sixth RBI of the series with a double to put Houston on top 1-0.

That did not spark further immediate scoring, as the one-run score held while both starting pitchers provided solid outings for their team. For Eovaldi, he was able to limit Houston to just that single run through four frames. He returned in the bottom of the fifth, facing two batters, allowing a single, and getting a strikeout to end his night.

Garcia impresses in big start

For the home team, they were recipients of another expectation-exceeding performance from one of their young arms. Only anticipated to go a handful of innings, Luis Garcia worked efficiently and effectively against Boston, keeping them scoreless and hitless through five innings. He continued in the sixth, getting two more outs before allowing a two-out triple, ending his night as Phil Maton would enter to strand the tying run. Garcia's final line: 5.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 76 P.

With both teams dipping into their bullpens, the Astros took advantage of Boston's as Yordan Alvarez's dominance went on display once again. He led the inning off with a triple, then scored on a double-play ball to extend Houston's lead to 2-0. Kendall Graveman took over on the mound in the top of the seventh and worked himself into a big moment. He gave up a one-out walk, followed by a single, which put runners on the corners for Boston. He continued to struggle with the zone, falling behind the next batter 3-1, but was able to battle back to get the strikeout paired with a terrific throw by Martin Maldonado to cut down the runner from first trying to steal second, ending the inning and maintaining the two-run advantage.

Astros headed to the World Series

Ryne Stake was Houston's next reliever, and he put Houston three outs away by getting a 1-2-3 eighth. With Ryan Pressly warming, he watched and hoped that his offense could give him some more insurance to work with when he went to the mound in the top of the ninth. His wish would be granted, as after getting two on base, Kyle Tucker would put a major exclamation point on the night's offense, hitting a three-run opposite-field homer to the Crawford Boxes to push the lead to 5-0.

Pressly, now with the five-run lead, came on to try and start the celebration by getting the final three outs. Against the tougher part of Boston's order, he would get a 1-2-3 inning, giving the Astros the American League pennant, which along with those won in 2017 and 2019, puts them back in the World Series for the third time in five years.

Up Next: The Astros will have three days off before The Fall Classic kicks off. While Game 1 will be on Tuesday, October 26th, nothing else has yet been determined as Houston awaits to see which of the Dodgers and Braves will advance out of the NL, which will also dictate if the Astros will host or travel to World Series Game 1.

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