Seeing the Houston professional athletes support each other is always great to see. What would be even better, though, is if the Texans could manage replicate the Astros’ winning mentality and killer instinct.
By now, it’s obvious second baseman Jose Altuve was born for October. His walk-off two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning delivered the ALCS-clinching Game 6 win, 6-4, over the New York Yankees on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.
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The Astros are going with their best option available to start Game 4 of the ALCS, right here and right now. The attitude of not looking too far ahead and focusing on winning the next game in front of them is the correct way to go.
Unless and until the venerable old tournament returns to a pre-Masters spot on the PGA Tour schedule, do not expect marquee players to play in our backyard.
The Astros can now easily survive dropping Game 1, after coming back to take Game 2 for the home split. Just last year, the Astros won Game 1 of the ALCS in Boston, and, unfortunately, we all know how that turned out here in Houston.
It’s difficult to remember a time when Astros’ batters last looked this lame and lifeless. Give credit to the Yankees pitchers and defense; they went out and achieved what seemed like the impossible — they completely shut down the Astros’ ballyhooed offense.
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In all, the Rays sent nine different pitchers to the mound, seven of which were highly effective. It’s an approach that can be successful, but it still doesn’t beat a good, old-fashioned ace pitching at the top of his game, as the Astros proved in closing out the ALDS.
The Astros’ cause was not helped by their starting pitcher Zack Grienke, who was awful (3.2 innings, five hits, six earned runs, three home runs), or their bullpen (a combined 4.1 innings, seven hits, three earned runs, one home run).
Going forward, the offense’s consistency (or lack thereof) appears to be the key to the team’s successes (or failures) this season.