Matching ALCS with Astros is ripe with storylines

Well, well, well, what do we have here?

The Houston Astros held their spot against the Red Sox in the Major League Soccer series on Tuesday, meaning Major League Baseball will have a game for the ages as Red Sox coach Alex Cora returns to Houston for a playoff against the team that threw him. Under the bus a little over a year ago.

Most of the Astros’ hitters were launched into the banner-stealing scandal that rocked the sport ahead of the 2020 season, but it was Cora and Carlos Beltran who were portrayed as the masterminds, as both lost their jobs as league managers after the MLB report.

Commissioner Rob Manfred wrote in a report released on January 13, 2020.

Cora lost his job, as did AJ Hinch, leaving the Astros in the hands of veteran captain Dusty Baker, a three-time General Manager still searching for his first World Championship title.

Baker’s team is now accused of cheating, with White Sox loyalist Ryan Tebera saying the Astros were in frequent contact at Minute Maid Park during the ALDS. Tebera told reporters that Houston had “a good reputation for doing some planning things there,” and noted that the twists were different at home versus on the road.

Becker responded by noting that the team had perfectly aligned splits between home and road this year.

With a match between the Astros and Cora Red Sox, expect neither team to accuse the other of anything, as it is a sensitive topic for both.

Cora got the last laugh in 2018, when he beat Hinch’s Astros 4-1 in the ALCS and celebrated at Houston Stadium.

But since the Red Sox brought back Cora this year, the Astros have kicked it. Houston is 5-2 against the Sox this year, beating them 42-25.

A potential first-game starter, Framber Valdes dominated back-to-back games against the Red Sox in June, throwing 14-1/3 runs while only allowing two runs and collecting 18 hits over the two games.

And Game 2 starting player Luis Garcia likely went seven rounds of solo ball winning six rounds against the Sox earlier this year.

For the Red Sox, Nathan Eovaldi has been torn to shreds by five runs in 11 results in a 5-2/3 innings against the Astros this year.

And no one can forget Chris Seal’s last playoff start in Houston in 2017, when he gave up seven runs over five rounds in the first game of the ALDS.

Experience matters

The Red Sox and the Astros are two teams that enjoy playoff experience, especially in their starting lineups.

Alex Verdugo and Christian Arroyo are playing in their first season, but the other seven Sox players are October veterans, with the following match numbers:

Kyle Schwarber: 101 billboard appearances, average 294, .994 OPS

Kiké Hernandez: 167 PAs, .248 AVG, .838 OPS

Raphael Devers: 75 PAs, .308 AVG, .925 OPS

Xander Bogarts: 153 PA, .239 AVG, .701 OPS

J.D. Martinez: 105 PAs, .315 AVG, .968 OPS

Hunter Renfroe: 47 PAs, .233 AVG, .716 OPS

Cristian Vazquez: 64 PAs, .267 AVG, .685 OPS

Cora said of Devers, “Looks like he was born to play in October. He did that on the 18th, and then this year (his home career) that last game of the regular season set the tone for the team to keep going.”

Hernandez said Devers is part of the reason he decided to sign in Boston on vacation.

“When I signed here and looked at the roster and started looking at their pages and profiles as far as their stats were concerned, and I was like – I was touched by the third base side of our stadium,” Hernandez said. “I was like, ‘How come no one talks more about these two guys?'” “Such numbers are ridiculous. Like no one talks about them.”

young people on the hill

Rays started two rookies in Game 1 and Game 2 of ALDS, so Tampa’s novel that relies heavily on young shooters made sense, but these numbers were interesting:

Average life of the five most frequently used Red Sox pitchers in ALDS: 27.4.

Average life of the five most frequently used Rays pitchers in ALDS: 30.5.

Unexpected boss

Arroyo had a major blow to advance in the final race-winning match to the scoring center in the ninth inning on Monday, Then he said WEEI That Jose Iglesias gave him some basic advice at the time.

“When I went to play two strokes and I came out (in Tampa), Iggy sat down in the next inning with me and said, ‘Hey, when you hit, you move your back foot a lot,’” Arroyo said. launch. stay in line. Get help and do what you have to do. As soon as I set the knockout blow, the only person I could think of was Jose Iglesias.”

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