ALCS Game 4: Win and The Series Begins Anew

More of this, please.

I am going to just come out and say it: I am very sick of the Astros. I was sick of them a long time ago, really, when they started the trend of tanking a few years ago. I was sick of them in 2015 when Dallas Keuchel blanked the Yankees in the AL Wild Card Game. I was sick of them in the 2017 ALCS. I was sick of them when they laid an egg, for once, in four consecutive games in last year’s ALCS against Boston. But now I am very sick of them and I would very much like for the Yankees to come back and win this series. Just look at this quote from Justin Verlander:

Look at that. Just look at it. It is so obviously a shot at the Yankees with the added ingredient of looking ahead at the Nationals, who obviously won the National League pennant the other day and await the winner of this series. I hope Justin and the rest of the Astros are looking ahead. Want to know why? Because this is still just a 2-1 series. Yes, Houston has won two in a row, and yes, it would be better if the Yankees weren’t down 2-1.

But again: this series is just 2-1. If the Yankees win tonight, and I am hoping that they win this game more than any in probably the last decade, this is a whole new series. What a thing that would be.

Here are tonight’s lineups.

Houston Astros (2-1)
1. George Springer, CF
2. Jose Altuve, 2B
3. Michael Brantley, LF
4. Alex Bregman, 3B
5. Yuli Gurriel, 1B
6. Yordan Álvarez, DH
7. Carlos Correa, SS
8. Robinson Chirinos, C
9. Josh Reddick, LF
RHP Zack Greinke

New York Yankees (1-2)
1. DJ LeMahieu, 1B
2. Aaron Judge, RF
3. Aaron Hicks, CF
4. Gleyber Torres, 2B
5. Edwin Encarnación, DH
6. Brett Gardner, LF
7. Gary Sánchez, C
8. Gio Urshela, 3B
9. Didi Gregorius, SS
RHP Masahiro Tanaka

The only news worth sharing is that Giancarlo Stanton will not be removed from the roster and is considered an option at DH tomorrow. I’ll believe it when I see it, but that’s good news nonetheless. He’s at about 60% right now, per Boone. First pitch is at 8:08. Go Yankees.

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5 Comments

  1. Same thing, year after year after year in the playoffs-they don’t hit when it counts.

    If they lose tonight it’s over, 12 outs left to start acting like clutch players.

  2. Rex

    While anything can happen in a short series, it should not come as a surprise that a team with 3 elite pitchers, deep lineup with potent bats will more likely prevail.

  3. Little Bill

    Season’s over, folks. This club looks defeated. Bottom of the lineup does nothing, horrible with RISP and now Tanaka bombs. It’s over.

  4. Gary Sanchez’ new nickname- The WHIFF!

    Put in Romine, at least he can put the ball in play instead of swinging and missing almost every pitch

  5. Betty Lizard

    Gleyber Torres t-shirt, gin and tonic and sitting on the patio = recipe for a win! And I’ve been thinking about what a gift this season has been, with superlative Yankees baseball, against all the odds. I’m as close to calm as I can get.

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