HOUSTON – Two years after winning the AL Rookie of the Year award, Yordan Alvarez has another honor on his resume.
He was the MVP of the American League Championship Series.
The 24-year-old Cuban went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a triple for the Houston Astros, who beat the Boston Red Sox 5-0 on Friday to advance to the World Series.
Alvarez pushed the lead run and scored the second.
He missed the entire previous postseason, while recovering from surgery on both knees. He set an AL Championship Series record, hitting .522 (23-12), with one home run, three doubles, triple and six RBIs for Houston to win in six games.
Against the Red Sox, he scored seven times and had nine hits in his last 13 at-bats, raising his postseason average to .441 with two homers and nine RBIs.
“I just focused on doing my job,” said Alvarez, who hit a hit in every game.