Coming into the postseason, both the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees were heavily favored to make it to at least the ALCS. In their ALDS match ups on Friday, both of them proved just why that
was the case. First up came Houston, who took on the Tampa Bay Rays. The Astros got, of course, seven strong innings from Justin Verlander in the 6-2 win.
The ace only allowed one hit and struck out eight batters, but their bats were silent until the fifth inning when Jose Altuve smashed a two-run homer. Two more runs were plated in the frame, and two more came in the seventh to effectively kill it off. Speaking of smashing, that’s exactly what the New York Yankees did in the AL night cap in a 10-4 win at Yankee Stadium. The Twins, regular season home run leaders, ran out to an early lead via two homers. But the Yankees fought back with DJ Lemahieu leading the way. The first baseman ended up going 3-5 on the evening with a home run and four RBIs. Gleyber Torres had been the man to break a tie, hitting a two-run double which gave the Yankees some breathing room to pull away.