It doesn’t look like the Astros are experiencing a World Series hangover at all.
Houston defeated the Royals 7-4 Sunday, extending their win streak to 11 games. Even more impressive, 10 of those games came on the road.
According to ESPN, it’s only the sixth time in 65 seasons that a team has completed a perfect road trip of 10 or more games. The 11-game win streak is also tied for the fifth-longest win streak by a defending World Series champion team in 80 years.
One [player] was trying to play an iron on a par-3 and someone yelled, ‘J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets,’ right in his backswing, Darnold said. He knew I was there, that’s why he was yelling, and it just so happened to be right in the guy’s backswing by accident. It was just a funny fan moment.
But the laser focus of [the player], who still hit a really good shot, was cool to see. It’s just really cool to see these guys do what they do — even with all the hecklers and everything that’s going on, they’re able to focus on what they need to do.
Bellinger, who had 39 home runs and 97 RBIs last season, struggled in the postseason, striking out 29 times in 64 at-bats. The 22-year-old has struggled with low and inside pitches, leading to 58 strikeouts in 212 at-bats so far in 2018.
Roberts also pulled Bellinger from a game earlier this season for a perceived lack of hustle. If he’s unable to turn things around soon, Roberts may be forced to send Bellinger down to the minors to get his timing right.
Both players seemed excited to be on the field, with Brady yelling at himself after failing to connect on a pass, and Gronkowski letting out several gleeful yelps following catches.
That doesn’t mean is right in Gronk’s world. After leading the team last season in receptions (69), receiving yards (1,084) and receiving touchdowns (eight), he clearly wants to see his value reflected in his contract.