ALCS: Astros Shut Down Yankees, Advance to World Series

Published on 22-Oct-2017 by J Square Humboldt

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ALCS: Astros Shut Down Yankees, Advance to World Series

Alex Bregman slashed .167/.259/.208 in the American League Championship Series.

Dude was ready when his time came.

It just didn't involve his bat.

In one of the pivotal early moments of Game 7, Bregman had prepared well in advance for the situation that arose and handled it flawlessly.

The similar play Bregman cited occured on Sun 24 Sep against the Angels.

Then, he did try to start a double-play, but it didn't end well. Houston lost the game, 7-5, and Bregman clearly made a mental note of it.

Unless someone taps into a parallel universe, we'll never know if that play actually saved the game ...

... but it definitely had an impact on its perspective, approaches, and strategies at that crucial time.

For example, it was obvious by then -- the fifth inning -- that Charlie Morton was dealing.

  • Greg Bird's double was only the second hit the 33-year-old vet had allowed.
  • When he got to third on a wild pitch, the Yankees were clearly looking for any chance to get on the board.
  • Bird will never be confused with The Flash, so it's obvious New York put on the contact play.

It took a perfect play to get him at home, so the Yankees can't be faulted, really.

Bird did all he could to kick the ball outta Brian McCann's glove, but Bregman's bullet of a throw had lodged perfectly into the web of his mitt. McCann himself probably couldn't have dug it outta there.

Moral of the story: there's more than enough stuff for players and teams to process between pitches. The only part of the game that really needs to hurry it along is replay review.

Ponder that, Commish.

Meanwhile, taking in everything Game 7 featured was time well spent, especially for the 'Stros:

So, the 2017 ALCS does become the first in which the home team has won each time in a seven-game series.

And Houston has become the first franchise to reach the World Series from each league.