Yes, folks, you read that correctly. The Astros will advance as the Red Sox will cap off an outstanding division winning season with a 5-4 loss to the ballclub from Houston. After many disappointing seasons of defeat and heartache, the Houston Astros have put together a team for the ages consisting of MVP frontrunner Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, and Justin Verlander.
The Astros won Game 1 of the series via a blowout winning by a score of 8-2. Three of the Astros’ runs came courtesy of three home runs by Jose Altuve, but even without his efforts, the Astros would have still won 5-3 as all three of his bombs were solo shots. Along with Altuve’s 3, Marwin Gonzalez picked up 2 RBI, Brian McCann drove in 2 as well. Alex Bregman also joined the RBI club with a solo home run. The Red Sox had no chance in this game.
Game 2 didn’t go any better for the Red Sox as the score again was 8-2 in the Astros’ favor. The only runs of the game for the Sox were thanks to Jackie Bradley Jr, but Bradley Jr. alone was no match for the Astros insane pop as Springer, Altuve, and Gattis all drove in a run apiece, and Carlos Correa had a huge night with 4 RBI to give the Astros a 2-0 lead in the series.
The Astros entered game 3 in hopes of sweeping the Red Sox, but the BoSox had other plans. Houston’s bats fell silent only bringing across 3 runs as the Red Sox found their swings scoring 10 runs in a blowout victory. Hanley Ramirez, Rafael Devers, and Jackie Bradley Jr drove in 3 runs apiece while Sandy Leon put up one of his own to cap off a Red Sox blowout.
To kick off game 4, the Astros and the Red Sox exchanged runs in the first, but then mighty Astros pulled ahead of the Sox in the second and never looked back. The Red Sox scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th to take the lead, but the Astros came back in the top of the eighth with 2 of their own runs. The Astros scored another run in the top of the ninth, and the Red Sox were unable to come back from the 2 run deficit in the Bottom of the 9th to give the Astros their first ALDS series win in franchise history.
The Houston Astros will now go on to face the winner of the Indians-Yankees series in the first ALCS berth in Astros team history. At the time of writing, the Yankees have won the last two games to push a game 5 in the other ALDS. As for the postseason rankings, with Daryll coming out victorious in this series as he predicted the Astros to win this series while I went for Boston.
Stay tuned for more updates as the 2017 MLB Postseason Continues.