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Sports Astros on the cusp of World Series after extending ALCS lead against Yankees

08:50  18 october  2019
08:50  18 october  2019 Source:   performgroup.com

Astros thump Rays in Game 5, advance to 3rd straight ALCS

  Astros thump Rays in Game 5, advance to 3rd straight ALCS Astros thump Rays in Game 5, advance to 3rd straight ALCSThe Astros advanced to their third consecutive American League Championship Series with a decisive 6-1 win over the Rays in Game 5 of the division series at Minute Maid Park on Thursday.

The 2017 American League Championship Series was a best-of-seven playoff pitting the Houston Astros against the New York Yankees for the American League pennant and the right to face the

The Astros now lead the series 2-1 and will have a chance to take firm control with another victory Wednesday. Jose Altuve hit a first-inning homer on the third pitch of the game. The Astros kept trying to get more runs across in the first, getting the bases loaded against Severino before he was

a baseball player holding a bat: Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman© (Getty Images) Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman

The Houston Astros are on the verge of the MLB World Series after taking a 3-1 lead over the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series.

Houston moved on the brink of a showdown with the Washington Nationals thanks to Thursday's 8-3 victory against the Yankees in Game 4.

Justin Verlander will attempt to close out the ALCS in Game 5 on Friday, while the Yankees will counter with James Paxton as New York look to stay alive.

Three takeaways from the Astros' ALCS Game 4 win over the Yankees

Yankees oddly lucky

While this was the most runs the Yankees have allowed in a game this postseason, New York were lucky they did not give up more. And yes, it sounds odd, but when you find out the Astros had 13 balls hit 95.0 mph or higher through seven innings and only six of them were hits, that is pretty darn lucky.

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• Astros win first World Series title » • Astros embrace, enjoy their moment » • Correa proposes on field after WS win » • L.A. did everything right In the fourth, Judge made an amazing catch, slamming against the wall in right and holding on to the ball like a tight end after being floored by a free safety.

The Yankees were held to one hit through six innings but put together a rally against the Astros ’ relievers and seized momentum in the series . Lifeless, listless and about to be facing an elimination game, the Yankees discovered a path back into the American League Championship Series .

In fact, every single one of Houston's batters had a ball hit at 95.0 mph or better. The Astros may not have scored that many runs in the game, but it does look like they are starting to get their timing down after struggling to do so for much of the playoffs.

Learn Harris' name

Leading up to the postseason, seemingly every pundit who talks about baseball wanted to point out the Astros' vulnerability in the bullpen. They mentioned Roberto Osuna, Ryan Pressly and Josh James, saying that was all Houston had.

No one ever seemed to mention Will Harris. And odds are, if you talk to an everyday fan, they will not know who he is either. Well, if those everyday fans were Yankees apologists, they know who he is now.

Harris tossed yet another scoreless inning in Game 4 and now has thrown 4.3 innings in the postseason while striking out seven and giving up zero runs. This comes after a year in which Harris posted a 1.50 ERA in 68 games. And these were short appearances either. He threw 60 innings. Learn this man's name. He is an impact reliever even if no one will talk about him.

Three takeaways from Yankees' ALCS Game 1 win over the Astros

  Three takeaways from Yankees' ALCS Game 1 win over the Astros Masahiro Tanaka had the Astros off balance all night and that's honestly not all that surprising.Masahiro Tanaka dealt, Gleyber Torres dominated and Houston made mistakes.

Astros 2, Yankees 1 | Houston leads series , 1-0. Bird should have been running on the pitch, but he broke late, handing Gonzalez a chance to nab him. Bird later accounted for the only Yankees run, hitting a two-out solo homer in the ninth inning off Astros closer Ken Giles.

Houston Astros ’ Yuli Gurriel is congratulated by Jose Altuve after scoring during the fifth inning of Game 7 of baseball’s American League Championship Series against The Yankees had escaped a similar deficit four days earlier, when they scored six unanswered off the Astros ’ beleaguered bullpen.

Yankee defense comes back to bite them

The Yankees are not necessarily known for being a fantastic defensive team but they have good players on that side. DJ LeMahieu has won a Gold Glove, Aaron Judge might win one this season and Didi Gregorius is a solid defensive player as well, just like Aaron Hicks.

But New York have some guys playing out of position to get men in the line-up as Gleyber Torres is playing second when he is probably more of a shortstop or third baseman. LeMahieu is playing first when he is a Gold Glover at second and Brett Gardner is playing left while a healthy Giancarlo Stanton probably takes that spot.

And it did not work out in Game 4. The Yankees made four errors, one of which was a big part of Carlos Correa's three-run homer in the sixth inning. Alex Bregman reached base on an error and eventually came around to score a few batters later.

Also, just a bit of an oddity here too, the Yankees have only ever made three errors at home in a postseason game three times, all three have come on Oct. 17 (2009, 2017).

Watch: Michael Brantley makes absurd, game-saving play in Game 6 of ALCS .
There's nothing better than big plays in big games, and Brantley provided on on Saturday night in Game 6 of the ALCS.New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks hit a ball into left field that seemed destined to drop in front Brantley. Instead, Brantley made a diving catch with full extension then immediately stood up and made the throw to first base to get Aaron Judge out for the inning-ending double play.

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