Throughout the season, CBS Sports MBB experts will bring you a weekly Batting Around roundtable that breaks down anything. Breaking news, historical inquiry, thoughts on the future of baseball, all kinds of things. We discussed the surprising teams in the postseason last season. This time we will solve the problem AstrosThey found success after defeating the Phillies in six games on Saturday night to win their second title in franchise history.

Houston’s win leads us to our batting question…

Are the Astros a dynasty?

Matt Snyder: Not at all. End of conversation.

Okay, I guess I need to say more. There were four different championships between two Cups. If they win next year we can talk about it but in six years the two are not a dynasty and they will be too liberal to apply the label. They’re an American League dynasty, winning four of six times and reaching the finals of the six-year league tournament, but that’s okay. There are no conferences or divisions or league dynasties in sports.

RJ Anderson: How the word “dynasty” is used is not for me. I think we need a new term that refers to a team one step below or “a really good and consistent team with a couple titles”. I agree that two titles in six years is not what you think of when you think of “dynasty”. Six straight trips to the LCS round are impressive, though, and should be celebrated. With consecutive postseason expansions, it’s less likely that we’ll see teams win three or four more championships in a short period of time. So, in the end, I think we just need a new term to label these Astros, or brand. The Dodgers — that, or, maybe we need to redefine what exactly makes a dynasty.

Matt: I agree with RJ, I agree that we can come up with another word to separate the really great teams from the teams that have only had one for a long time. As for what makes a dynasty, that’s what we’ve seen in baseball in my lifetime. Yankees. They won four trophies in five years. Many people like to use the phrase “you know it when you see it”. They knew it was a dynasty.

Mike Axisa: No, come on. The Astros are 2-2 in the World Series and 13-13 in World Series games in this run. Two titles in six years are not enough – 2006 and 2011. Cardinals Dynasty? — and you don’t get credit for going to the World Series. loss. If the Astros win the World Series next season, we can ask the dynasty question a little more seriously. For now, this is a great run by a great team. We can enjoy it without forcing a dynastic debate.

Dane Perry: I’m not entirely sure if there’s a consensus around what a dynasty means in MLB, but two titles in six years doesn’t make a dynasty. I’m not even sure of the 2017 title, because it was in, you know, 2017, it’s relevant to whether the 2022 team will one day be part of a dynasty. No is the simple answer here.

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