Oct 4, 2019

The ALDS is set to be a home run fest

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Last season, the Yankees set an MLB record with 267 bombs.

This season: 4 teams broke that record, and 3 of them are in the ALDS: the Twins (307), the 2019 version of the Yankees (306) and the Astros (288).

Rays at Astros, 2pm ET (FS1)

  • Season series: Rays 4-3
  • Pitching matchup: Despite their penchant for openers, the Rays will use a true starter in Tyler Glasnow (6-1, 1.78 ERA in 12 starts), while the Astros are going with some guy named Justin Verlander (21-6, 2.58 ERA).
  • Wild stat: Astros aces Zack Greinke ($34.5 million) and Verlander ($28 million) were paid roughly the same amount of money as the entire Rays roster this season ($63 million).

Twins at Yankees, 7pm ET (MLBN)

  • Season series: Yankees 4-2
  • Pitching matchup: Jose Berrios (14-8, 3.68 ERA) will be making his first postseason start for the Twins, while James Paxton (15-6, 3.82 ERA) will take the mound for the Yankees after ending the season with 10 straight wins.
  • The backdrop: The Yankees beat the Twins in the ALDS in 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2010, as well as the 2017 wild-card game. They've won 10 straight playoff games against the them and 13 of 15 overall. The curse is astounding.

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José Altuve propels the Houston Astros to the World Series

The Houston Astros' José Altuve during the team's clash with the New York Yankees in Houston, Texas, on Saturday. Photo: Cooper Neill/MLB Photos via Getty Images

A José Altuve walk-off home run sent the Houston Astros to the World Series as the team beat the New York Yankees 6-4 in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday night.

The big picture: The victory at Minute Maid Park, Houston, which ended the Yankees' season, means the Astros are heading to the World Series for the second time in three years, the Washington Post notes. The Astros will face the Washington Nationals for the title, starting with Game 1 in Houston on Tuesday, per the New York Times.

Go deeper: Washington Nationals reach franchise's first World Series with NLCS sweep

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How the ALCS rainout impacts the Yankees and Astros

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Due to heavy rain in New York yesterday, Game 4 of the ALCS was postponed to tonight, and Game 5 — originally scheduled for tonight — was pushed back to Friday, which was supposed to be a travel day.

Why it matters: The ripple effects of the rainout will be felt throughout the rest of the series, as the Astros and Yankees may have to play 4 games in 4 days if it goes the distance.

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The Nationals beat the Astros to force a winner-take-all World Series finale

Game 6 hero Anthony Rendon hugging Ryan Zimmerman. Photo: Elsa/Getty Images

The Washington Nationals beat the Houston Astros 7-2 in Game 6 of the World Series, on Tuesday forcing the series to a Game 7 decider tonight in Houston.

Why it matters: Last night marked the first time the road team has won the first six games of a World Series.

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