On Tuesday, Astros became the 39th team in the history of the offseason, which fell behind, 3-0, in the best of seven series. The story they faced was, to put it mildly, scary. Now Houston is on the verge of doing something special. Astros win over Rays 7: 4 on Friday night
On Tuesday, Astros became the 39th team in the history of the post-season season to fall behind, 3-0, in the best of seven series. The story they faced was, to put it mildly, scary.
Now Houston is on the verge of doing something special. Astros’ 7-4 victory over Reyza on Friday night in the 6th series of the American League Championship forced the winner to take all 7 games on Saturday at Petko Park. The wave has changed.
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Of the 39 teams that had to face a 3-0 hole, the club “Astros”; manager Dusty Baker only the ninth survived, seeing game 5, and the fourth, which came to game 6. After winning on Friday, Houston joins The 2004 Red Sox were the only teams to get to Game 7 after giving up the first three games of the series. Boston finished with a 10: 3 victory over the Yankees in the ALCS final before continuing to sweep the Cardinals in the World Series.
It remains to be seen whether the Astros will be able to continue on this path. So far, here are 15 key facts and figures looking at Game 6 ALCS and ahead of Game 7.
1. Astros starter
2. Eight of Valdes’ nine shots came on his curveball, the second most hit by a pitcher in a post-season game in the era of altitude tracking (since 2008), just nine behind Adam Wainwright in the 2012 National League Series 1 game.
3. Part of how Valdes got so many curves? Many swings and misses on the field. He received 15 hits on his curve, the best career in any game, the most for a pitcher in the game in 2020 (regular or post-season), and the most for a pitcher in a post-season game in the era of height tracking.
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4. Through the first 12 Tampa Bay games this season, Kevin Cash’s lifters together inherited 20 runners and dropped them all off. According to Elias Sports Bureau, this was the longest series of all periods that began in the season.
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It ended in the fifth half of Game 6, when Diego Castillo eased starter Blake Snell with two innings and no outs and allowed both runners to score a goal in George Springer’s single, which is part of a four-run shot that brought Houston ahead, 4-1 .
5. Castillo not only allowed two runners to score Snell, but he was then presented with two of his own runs (one earned) in one submission. This was the first time Castillo allowed a run in his post-season career. Entering Friday, Castillo was one of eight pitchers who kept the opposition unsuccessful in each of his first 10 appearances of the season in his career, throwing at least 13 innings during that time.
6. A ray that failed to lift leadership was an unusual spectacle in 2020. Earlier in the day, Tampa Bay was 5-0 this season when they scored their first goal after passing MLB-best 25-6 (.806) in those games during the regular season.
Correa passes again
8. Bernie Williams (80), Manny Ramirez (78), David Justice (63), Derek Jeter (61), David Ortiz (61) and Albert are the only players who have received more IRCs at the end of their careers than Correa. Pujols (54), Pujols is the only active player in this group.
9. Correa took advantage of the fact that he had many opportunities (62 games after the season), but he is also only 26 years old. No other player in the history of the post-season season has collected more than 35 IRCs before turning 27 years old.
On the line Saturday
10. The opening bout in Game 7 will put former Astros teammates Charlie Morton (now with the Reichs) and Lance McCullers Jr. against each other. They are both well acquainted with the “winner” games – in fact, each of them played in the 7th game of ALCS and the 7th game of the World Series in 2017 for Houston. They will be the first pair of players in the history of the post-season season to play in the same game with everyone as their teammates, and then later face each other in a game with a victory in all, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
11. “Astros” (.483) had a percentage of victories in the regular season, which was 184 points lower than “Rays” (.667). This is the second largest difference in the percentage of winnings in any series after the season, only after the Wild Wild NL 2020 series between Dodgers (.717) and Brewers (.483). That means it would be the biggest frustration of winning a percentage in the series after the season all the time. The current record is a 147-point difference between the White Sox (.616) and the Cubs (.763), when the South Siders won the 1906 World Series.
Astros have already held two meetings with 117-point differentials in percentage wins, with the Twins and A winning the .600 clip this year. They are currently scheduled for the third largest such failure in the series in the history of the post-season period.
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12. After winning Game 5 of ALDS this year, Reyes will try to become the 13th team in post-season history to win several games in all games in the same postseason. The Nationals set a record for the 2019 season, winning three games in all victories that ended in the 7th game of the World Series against the Astros. Overall, Tampa Bay is 4-2 in the history of the franchise in games that host everyone, and for the second year in a row will play two in the postseason. (He lost 5 ALDS games in 2019 against Houston.)
13. Astros – 5-5 in the history of the franchise in the games of all winners after the season. They lost their last (Game 7 of the 2019 World Series) after winning each of the previous three. The last time Houston won the “winner” game was in Game 5 of the ALDS in 2019 against Tampa Bay.
14. Astros manager is well acquainted with these types of games. This will be Baker’s ninth game to win his career as a manager, often all the time, breaking his tie with Bobby Cox. Baker’s teams have been 2-6 for the previous eight, including losses in each of the last five. The last time Baker-led team won the Cubs game was in NLDS 5 in 2003 against the Braves.
15. “Flights” lost four games in a row only once in 2020, and this was at the beginning of the regular season, when they lost five in a row – two in Atlanta, three in Baltimore – from July 29 to August. 2.
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