Bregman: Astros World Series Team 'Not All Built From Within'

The Astros have a good mix of Day Ones and key acquisitions

Brandon Scott
October 21, 2019 - 5:46 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio) -- Alex Bregman doesn’t believe the Astros tanked for three years to get where they’ve been the past few seasons. 

Sure, they lost 100+ games each season from 2011 to 2013, allowing them to draft shortstop Carlos Correa with the top pick in the 2012 MLB draft. 

The Astros had already drafted George Springer in 2011 with the 11th overall pick. Jose Altuve made his major league debut in 2011, but was signed as an amateur free agent in 2007. 

Bregman was selected by the Astros with the second overall pick in the 2015 draft.

He said Monday it was up to the organization to make the moves it did to complete what was being done with draft picks as the team sputtered. 

After being swept out of the 2005 World Series against the Chicago White Sox (‘stros were still in the National League then), Houston failed to reach the playoffs for nine straight seasons. 

The Astros are playing in their second World Series in three seasons and have been in the postseason in four of the last five years. 

“Our formula is kind of a little bit different than what people think. A lot of people think that we just tanked for three years but our organization kind of went out and signed some big pieces as well,” Bregman said. “It’s not all built from within. It’s built from within but then add big pieces as well along the way.”

One of those pieces is pitcher Gerrit Cole, who gets the start in Game 1 of the World Series against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday. 

Cole was traded in January 2018, after the first World Series run,  for right-hander Joe Musgrove, third baseman Colin Moran, reliever Michael Feliz and outfield prospect Jason Martin.

Justin Verlander was brought over in a last-minute blockbuster trade in 2017, an influential move to the Astros winning the World Series that year.

Yuli Gurriel was signed as a free agent from Cuba in 2016. 

Josh Reddick, whose diving catch may have saved the Astros season in Game 6 of the ALCS against the New York Yankees, also signed as a free agent in 2016.

The Astros have a good mix of Day Ones and key acquisitions. Now they have to put it all together against a talented Nationals team.

Game 1 will feature Cole on the mound for Houston and Max Scherzer pitching for Washington. 

First pitch is at 7:08 p.m. CT.

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