Dusty Baker's faith in Martin Maldonado pays off as Astros clinch 3rd AL pennant in 5 years

By , SportsRadio 610

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- Over the course of the Astros six-game American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox, Dusty Baker was seemingly asked an iteration of the same question each day: Why not start Jason Castro behind home plate?

The question was a fair one. Of the 188 players to record at least 400 plate appearances this season, only Jackie Bradley Jr. and Andrelton Simmons finished with a lower OPS, and his light-hitting regular season only became worse in the playoffs. In 30 postseason plate appearances entering Friday’s game six, Maldonado had reached base four times. He had singled once, walked once, and been hit by a pitch twice, but Dusty Baker stuck by him and that faith paid off.

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