The victory that will lift the Astros to their third consecutive American League West pennant will eventually come to fruition, and in all likelihood, it could manifest Sunday when Houston concludes its three-game weekend set against the visiting Los Angeles Angels. With their Cy Young Award frontrunner, right-hander Justin Verlander, on the bump, the Astros should feel good about their chances of recording their 12th win in 14 games at home against the Angels. Despite their 8-4 victory Saturday, the Angels are just 7-18 over their last 25 road games.
Posted: September 22, 2019, 3:52 pm
Gerrit Cole (Astros) With a ridiculous 39.1 percent strikeout rate that is 3.8 points better than any other qualified hurler, Cole has all-but guaranteed himself a game-changing 2019 stat line. His 2.74 FIP is nearly identical to his 2.61 ERA, and his . BABIP, 82.2 percent strand rate and 17.0 percent HR/FB rate are all sustainable marks.
Posted: September 22, 2019, 3:26 pm
Joe West and the New York Yankees are not exactly the best of friends, and on Saturday he threw himself in the midst of another controversy over balls and strikes when he tossed manager Aaron Boone after a heated argument. The ejection came prior to the top of the second inning in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays when Boone was tossed along with hitting coach Marcus Thames. Thames was arguing with the home plate umpire following Giancarlo Stanton’s strikeout to end the first inning.
Posted: September 21, 2019, 6:23 pm
Altuve sent Jaime Barria’s fifth pitch into the left field seats to spark a five-run first inning, which also included Bregman’s 38th homer and Correa’s first connection after missing nearly a month with a sore back — this was his second game since returning. Aledmys Díaz followed Correa with a double and scored on Josh Reddick’s single to make it 5-0. “I couldn’t really locate my slider,” Barria said through a translator.
Posted: September 21, 2019, 4:50 am
Shortly after the Braves cemented their trip to the postseason with their second straight division title, the Astros one-upped them with their 101st win of the season, not only clinching the AL West division but slugging their way to their third consecutive division win. The Astros could have clinched with their X-X win over the Angels or the Athletics’ loss to the Rangers, but they decided to take matters into their own hands early on. In the first inning, José Altuve punched his 30th home run of the season with a 388-foot shot off of Jaime Barria, followed in quick succession by Alex Bregman’s solo shot, a two-run blast by Carlos Correa, and an RBI single from Josh Reddick.
Posted: September 21, 2019, 3:01 am