Houston relied on their aces to get the job done in the first 2 games of the ALCS.
Though the offense was uncharacteristically stale, the two-headed monster of Keuchel/Verlander gave the Astros all the ammunition they needed to carry a commanding 2-0 lead into the Bronx when the series resumes on Monday night.
Jose Altuve may not be human. He’s batting .579 through 19 ABs in the 2017 postseason. He hasn’t put his power on display since hitting 3 HRs in ALDS Game 1, but has been a menace on the base paths and continues to drop the ball into gaps when it matters. People forget, he’s actually pretty short.
Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander are as good a 1-2-punch as you’ll find anywhere in baseball. I’m getting flashbacks to Clemens/Pettitte with the Stros new look at the top of the rotation. The statlines this far into the 2017 Postseason are sickening:
- Keuchel (2-0): 12.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 17 K, 0.87 WHIP, 0.71 ERA
- Verlander (3-0): 17.2 IP, 12 H, 4 R, 16 K, 0.96 WHIP, 2.04 ERA
Don’t expect the trend of low scoring games to continue. Houston (896) and New York (858) led the MLB in runs scored during the 2017 regular season. The lack of run production from both teams is a testament to how good the pitching has been.
Brett Gardner looks like a cartoon penis. An astute observer in the Otter Room community pointed this out and now I can’t unsee it. Expect this penile resemblance to have heavy influence on the series moving forward.