The Houston Astros currently hold a 3-2 lead against the Texas Rangers and will look to seal the deal later today with another World Series appearance. A game they will likely play without their reliever, Bryan Abreu. Abreu was suspended two games for what MLB deemed an intentional hit by pitch in Game 5 of the ALCS.
This is where things get a bit interesting. If Abreu appeals, there will be a hearing within 48 hours. If any suspension is upheld and the Astros are alive, he would serve it now. However, if the Astros get eliminated, Abreu will serve his suspension at the beginning of the 2024 season.
Abreu has been a stud for the Houston bullpen. He pitched 72.0 innings in the regular season, to a 1.75 ERA. In the postseason, Abreu is sporting a 1.42 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 6.1 innings. This will certainly be a big loss to the Astros bullpen.