'I Wish We Could've Won A Home Game' | AJ Hinch Reflects On World Series Loss

Brandon Scott
November 01, 2019 - 12:25 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- If Astros manager A.J. Hinch has any regrets from the World Series, it's not winning a game at Minute Maid Park. 

The decision to not pitch Gerrit Cole in Game 7 of the World Series has been discussed at nauseam ever since. 

That's one many Astros believe could have secured a win at home, and therefore the 2019 World Series title.

Hinch addressed the decision with media Friday. He said the pregame discussion with Cole, who had never pitched in relief or on two days' rest, was that he would pitch to start an inning and with a lead.

That opportunity did not present itself, as the Astros lost their two-run lead in the seventh inning of Game 7 on a two-run blast by Howie Kendrick.

"Things changed quickly in the seventh. We went from getting in the middle of the inning to losing the lead pretty quickly," Hinch said. "At that point, I brought in Harris. I brought in Osuna. If we had regained the lead or gotten a tie, Gerrit was going to go in for potentially the ninth or 10th and that never came to be. 

"You know what I wish we would have done is won a home game. That would have changed everything. And we couldn't do it and that's because of the Nats. I think this World Series, it's tough to put it all on one thing. But I think the Nats outplayed us and at the worst time for us."

General manager Jeff Luhnow sat next to Hinch and said the front office's work is just beginning.

One of the offseason priorities, aside from what happens with Cole's free agency, is what to do at catcher. Both Robinson Chirinos and Martin Maldonado are free agents, so the Astros have decisions to make there. 

Prospect Garrett Stubbs appeared in 19 games for the Astros this past season, but they will likely want more experience at the position. 

"Our work is just starting," Luhnow said. "We're going to go to the GM meetings in a week. We're going to go to the winter meetings in December. And as you know, a lot of the signings don't even happen these days until February or March. ... 

"Rest assured, we got within eight outs of our goal this year and we're going to try and take it all the way next year."

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