After the duo grand slam meltdown in the first two innings of Game 2 of the ALCS, the Astros head to Boston in a 1-1 deadlock. But it doesn’t feel like a tie for several reasons.
In their first 55 seasons, the Astros made the NLCS four times in 1980, 1986, 2004 and 2005. Now, starting Friday, they will be in their fifth ALCS in five consecutive seasons.
White Sox reliever Ryan Tepera pitched effectively in the recent four-game ALDS loss to the Astros. He allowed 1 run in 4.2 innings and allowed 2 hits and no walks in his three appearances. However, he may well have been the Astros best friend when after the Sox Game 3 win, he implied the Astros were cheating at home, and that was why they were shut down with 16 Ks in game three.
Dan P is writing on his phone on the road, so this will be short and sweet today.
Starting Thursday, the Astros meet the White Sox in a best out of five ALDS
with the first two games in Minute Maid Park. So, what do you need to know…
The Astros went 17-13 for the combo-month of September and October, which allowed them to just hold off the Mariners for the AL West and the White Sox for home-field advantage in the opening round of the playoffs. The month was a relatively blah run to the playoffs featuring nothing better than a 4 game winning streak and nothing worse than a 4 game losing streak.
Let’s face facts. The old saying goes that you don’t want to see how the sausage is made. On the other hand, pro sports and, in this case, Astros baseball, is sausage making on a very public forum. Every slump, bone head play, bone head lineup, bad outing, blown save, a fielding error, bad pitching switch, strikeout and loss are all in high definition glory (or ignominy).
The Astros have been a considerable puzzlement during the 2021 season. They score a run per game more than the second-place Seattle Mariners and 3/4 of a run per game more than the third-place Oakland A’s. Oh, they also score the most runs in the majors per game.