Alex Bregman and Altuve went back-to-back off Red Sox starter Chris Sale in the first inning, and that was just the start of a rude awakening for the AL Cy Young Award candidate in his first career postseason start. McHugh replaced infielder Tyler White as the only change on their ALCS roster. Jeff says this is a longer series than the five-game ALDS.
"I can recall Masahiro Tanaka saying through his interpreter after Game 3, 'We are going to win Game 4 then go back to Cleveland and take care of business.' It showed huge confidence even though they were down 1-2". Sonny Gray will take the mound for Game 4. They also will hand a series lead to ace Justin Verlander in Game 2. Here, Jeff says, the matchup favors the Astros. "But I think it's just a coincidence that my command and location have been better than what it usually is against them".
Hinch told reporters that the Astros has a huge advantage with both Keuchel and Verlander going back to back to open the series. "They're going to hit their home runs, but they're going to do a lot of other things offensively, so you need to make pitches". But short of intentionally walking him, as the Red Sox did twice in Game 2 of the division series, taking care to not give him anything to hit early in the count would seem to be the way to go. "I mean, especially now seeing me and Bregman having so much success they are going to be more blocks of scouts going down there to find some talent", said Giles. The southpaw has a 0.96 ERA in three postseason starts in Houston, and he put together a strong outing of 5.2 innings in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Red Sox. The two teams will play Game 2 Saturday (Oct. 14) at 3 p.m. "Then after that is where it gets a little thought-provoking, I guess".
"There's so many young guys on this team that maybe they don't realize they are supposed to lose", Singleton said.
The Astros also have a hitter who has dominated the Yankees in shortstop, Carlos Correa.
Bucking the current trend in baseball, where strikeouts are tossed off as an acceptable by-product of a swing-for-the-fences approach at the plate, the Astros somehow manage to slug - their.478 slugging percentage ranked first in baseball and their 238 homers trailed only the Yankees - while striking out at a rate of just 17.3 percent of plate appearances, the lowest rate in the majors. We're about to find out.