The Houston Astros have climbed the mountain once more and will be playing for a World Series title for the second time in two years.
Heading into Game 6 the Astros pitching held their own against the powerful Yankee bats. While Cy Young winners Zack Greinke and Justin Verlander struggled at times, the two future Hall of Fame hurlers were able to settle into rhythms. Once the grooves were found, the Bronx Bombers were sent back to the dugout with their bats on their shoulders.
Proving to be as advertised in the ALCS was 2019 Cy Young hopeful Gerrit Cole, who pitched a gem in Game 3 of the series. Pitching seven innings of work, Cole held the Yankees to just four hits, while striking out seven. With Cole slated to start a potential Game 7, he’ll more than likely get the nod from manager A.J. Hinch in Game 1 of the World Series.
On the opposite side of the ball, it was the Astros who were the true “Savages in the box.” American League MVP of the 2017 season Jose Altuve and Michael Brantley both came into Game 6 hitting above .300. While Altuve went yard once in the series, it was 2015 AL Rookie of the Year Carlos Correa who went deep twice, the first time coming in the 11th inning of Game 2, sending the series to the Bronx deadlocked in a tie.
The night got off to a rough start for Yankees when Jose Altuve took Chad Green all the way to the wall in centerfield for a long double. Later in the inning, with two outs, Yuli Gurriel took all of his .050 average frustration on an offering from Green and belted a three-run shot into the Crawford boxes in left.
And that three-run shot would give the Stros the runs they needed to send the Yankees back to New York empty-handed, just like they did in 2017.
Or so we all thought…
And then with their season hanging in the balance, and with Gio Urshela on first base, the Yankees unsung hero of this season stepped up on more time.
DJ LeMahieu took Osuna deep, to tie the game.
However, this is the Houston Astros, and they don’t go down without a fight.
And of course, Jose Altuve decided to be the hero of Houston, yet again.
Eagerly awaiting them in the Fall Classic are the historically unfavored Washington Nationals, who swept the St. Louis Cardinals after going the distance against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS. The Nationals have been kept afloat by veteran pitching, youthful exuberance, and Howie Kendrick‘s hot bat.
There’s also Gerardo Parra and his incredible walk-up song.
The 2019 World Series will begin this Tuesday, October 22nd at 8:08 PM, at Minute Maid Park.
Buckle up, y’all we have at least 4 baseball games left in the season. SAVOR THEM.
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