The Houston Astros started their path on the right foot in one of the American League (ALDS) Divisional Series by defeating the Chicago White Sox 6-1 at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Lance McCullers Jr. and Yordan Álvarez took it upon themselves to make a difference early. McCullers off the mound and Alvarez on the tree, taking the important first step to advance to the Championship Series. According to the group ESPN Stats & Info, the winner of the first meeting in a five-game series has ended up winning 101 out of 140 times (72%).
“There’s only one word to describe the Astros dominance in this first ALDS game over the White Sox: pitching, ESPN Senior Editor Hector Cruz wrote of the game.” Lance McCullers pitched a gem for 6.2 innings, but those who followed him looked the same or more dominant than him. Phil Maton, Kendall Graveman and Ryan Pressly combined to allow just three hits and one run the rest of the way for Houston. “
“Although batting is what this Astros team is most recognized for, their pitching has also been a precious asset as they reaffirmed this day. In the regular season they had the seventh best team ERA in all of baseball, with 3.76, and today they only conceded one run, “added Cruz.
“The rockets were ignited in Houston!”, Exclaimed the journalist and producer Leonte Landino about the first blow on the table of the siderales. “A very important victory for the spirits of the Astros who dream of returning to the World Series. The Astros were timely against Lance Lynn, they did the small things while Lance McCullers worked comfortably and with an advantage.”
Landino noted that Yasmani Grandal and Ben Sheets of the White Sox left 8 running backs in circulation. “So can not be!”.
The White Sox, who had been an offensive force all year, had just seven hits in this game, all singles. It wasn’t until the eighth inning that they were able to score their only career of the game, a product of José Abreu’s bat.
“Chicago is going to need better offense from the bottom of its lineup if it wants to hope to beat the Astros, since in this game from seventh to ninth bat, they went 10-0 with 5 left on base,” he said. Cross.
Journalist and editor Damián Delgado Averhoff questioned the validity of manager Tony La Russa’s decision to start with Lance Lynn, who entered the game with a 0-5 record and an 8.80 ERA in his last five starts against the Astros, four of them. made at the Minute Maid Park in Houston.
“He shouldn’t have. The signals were loud and clear. With such numbers in the recent past, you should avoid the risk of exposing your ace. A good decision would have been to move him as the third starter for this series. So his start would have been in Chicago. “.
Speaking of Lance, the ESPN Stats & Info group, noted that for the first time in history two pitchers with that name start a postseason game.
“Beyond the anecdotal fact of the names, McCullers Jr. and Alvarez kept it from being a closer game, thereby frustrating the confrontation between MLB’s two oldest managers: Baker and La Russa,” Averhoff said.
“In a world invaded by sabermetry,” Averhoff remarked, “I find the duel between two old-school guys very attractive. One of those, as a friend would say, who still write notes on notebook sheets.”