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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Could the 2020 Astros join the 2004 Red Sox

Now the 2020 Houston Astros are trying to match one of Boston’s historic achievements: The Red Sox are the only team in major league postseason history to win a best-of-7 series after losing the first three games. The Astros forced Saturday’s Game 7 with a 7-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday at Petco Park in San Diego.

But like the game at Yankee Stadium in 2004, you wonder if it will come down to the first two innings and not the ninth. You could see the dichotomy in emotions on one play in the sixth inning of Game 6. It was 5-1 at the time, but the Rays put two on with one out against Valdez, who had just walked Yandy Diaz, with the two exchanging words after Diaz barked at Valdez after ball four. Valdez was now approaching 100 pitches and tiring, but he induced Brandon Lowe to hit into a double play, Lowe slamming his helmet down on the ground as he crossed over first base. Valdez pumped his first and celebrated with Correa and Altuve as he walked off the field. After that play, I texted a friend, “This series is over.”

I know. Baseball isn’t supposed to be like that. Momentum is a word used by writers and pundits, not players. But the frustration for the Rays is there. We can see it.

A lot more to the piece than this with a nice breakdown comparing games 4-6 of the respective series. The momentum thing reminds me of a conversation I had in 2004 with a friend.  As I said then, the Sox were the hottest team in baseball since the 2004 Yankees three days earlier.  I wouldn’t give too much credence to that but if the Astros get off to a hot start I don’t see the Rays coming back (like 2004).

Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: October 17, 2020 at 09:27 AM | 59 comment(s)
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