I am sick and tired of the Boston Red Sox.
To be clear, I don’t even dislike the Sox and apologies to fellow Otter Room correspondent Dan Bettencourt and half of my family, but as the saying goes “familiarity breeds contempt” and 8 games in a row with a single team is as familiar as you get in Major League Baseball. Sidenote: Running the numbers… this might actually be true. I’m not sure two teams in Major League Baseball have EVER played 8 consecutive games against one another within a single season.
Thankfully, aside from a surprising 10-3 romp on Sunday in front of a sellout Fenway crowd (NOT!) the Astros didn’t give me much to be irritated about.
Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel were sensational starting on the mound, Charlie Morton continues to be a hidden gem in the rotation, and Lance McCullers looked great in his postseason relief role.
The offense was explosive, scoring more runs in the first two games of a postseason than any team in history with 16. And even better, they did it up and down the lineup posting a 0.343 BA and 7 HRs as a team over the course of the series.
The series win sets the Astros up for a Friday ALCS matchup with either the Indians or the Yankees.
If you’re an Astros fan, you root for the Yankees. Cleveland was one of the only teams that was able to give Houston fits over the course of the regular season.
However, if you’re an Astros fan, for now you’re just hyped for the first postseason series win since 2005.