Astros points vs Yankees: Alex Bregman’s three-run HR team gives Houston a 2-0 lead in the ALCS series

The Houston Astros have had two wins over their fourth MLS flag in the past six years. Thursday night, the Astros held out to beat the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the ALCS (HOU 3, NYY 2). Alex Bregman made the game-winning swing, and for the second night in a row, the Yankees simply struggled to connect in the important rackets.

Historically, teams that went 2-0 up in a best-of-seven series have gone on to win the series 84 percent of the time. The series isn’t over yet, but the Astros are sitting lovely. They have five chances to win two games. The last team to erase a 2-0 series deficit was the Dodgers over the Braves at NLCS 2020. The last time the Yankees did it against the Braves was in the 1996 World Series.

Here are four takeaways from Game 2, plus a look at the next step.

1. Burjuman opened the recording

For only the second time in 2022, the roof of Minute Maid Park opened on Thursday night. Over the past three years, the left-field home run has been about 13 percentage points higher with the roof open than with the roof closed, and that little extra boost may have helped Alex Bregman and the Astros take an early 3-0 lead in Game 2.

At the bottom of the third set, Bergmann beat Luis Severino to his spot and stopped an indoor fast ball at Crawford’s boxes in three home runs. At 91.8 mph, it was the fifth weakest hit on the floor after the post-season period in the Statcast era (since 2015), and comparable hits hit only 4 percent of the time. But she landed in the seats, and that’s all that matters. Suddenly the score was 3-0 Astros.

That was Bregman’s 14th post-season career at home, as he was tied for more than ever by Justin Turner by a third baseman. Only 15 players made it to the post-season. Obviously, that’s a job of the times – there are more post-season games now than ever – but you still have to go out and hit those toes. It is not easy.

2. Yankees right-back response

Looking at New York’s offensive struggles, I felt the Astros would take a Game 2 win after Homer Bregman. Instead, the Yankees hit back again in the next inning. Round changer: Framber Valdez made two fouls in one game, putting down a returner, then throwing the ball off his seat from his pants. That put the runners in second and third place unchecked.

The Yankees got both races, which is significant, although it wasn’t exciting. Anthony Rizzo pulled the two-stroke down to first base to score the first inning and advance the runner to third, then Jabber Torres overpowered a two-stroke to score the second inning. Only 11 stadiums after Bregman made the score 3-0, the Yankees cut the score to 3-2.

Going into Game 2, the Yankees scored 18 out of 22 on the home rounds, or 82 percent (the Astros had a similar rate in game 2:13 of 17, or 76 percent). But in that fourth inning, the supreme connection prevailed. Two good hits – a good 0-2 hit – by Rizzo and Torres to put the ball into play and get those important hits into the net.

3. Valdez has settled down

After Torres’ singles performance to score in the second round for New York, Valdes retired 11 of the last 12 players he faced, including seven by knockout. Justin Verlander retired the last 11 players he faced in the first game, including nine on strokes. Both starters from the Astros worked early, then found him in the middle rounds, and rolled to the finish.

Overall, Valdes has hit nine out of seven runs, and 25 swings and misses is a new career high (regular season or post-season). He’s had 16 swings and misses on his curve ball alone, the most in a curve ball in a post-season game since pitch tracking first became available in 2008. The curve ball/curve ball combination was truly dominating.

The Astros rolled right-handed Brian Abreu against the top of the lineup in the eighth inning, and he almost relinquished the lead. AL MVP Aaron Judge likely launched a streak into the right field that Kyle Tucker caught at the top of the wall. Replays showed it wasn’t going to be a home race, but it was pretty close. check it out:

Sports Info Solutions reports that Tucker led the MLB with three home burglaries during the regular season. Again, it wouldn’t be Homer, but it was close enough that Tucker’s home-run robbery skills showed up. Also, Statcast says the Judge rocket would have been a home run on just one MLB field: Yankee Stadium’s short right porch.

Abreu recovered to escape in the eighth inning and Ryan Presley closed him in the ninth. The Yankees had only three starting players after Torres’ singles to score their second in the fourth inning. They hit 13 times in Game 2 after hitting 17 times in Game 1.

4. Altuve’s record continued to decline

With another 0-for-4 in Game 2, Jose Altuve is now 0-for-23 this post-season. It is the longest unbeaten streak of 2022 and the longest unsuccessful post-season start streak in history. The previous record was set by Dale Maxville, who was uninjured in a 22-stroke at bat at the 1968 World Championships with the Cardinals. It’s hard to believe a hitter this good could be this bad in postseason.

to be fair, The Yankees made a great double play to steal Altuve from a strike in the seventh inning. It is amazing:

This sport is tough. When you’re stuck on the longest streak-free streak of the year, who – which happen to you. The Astros will play at least four more games this season. I can’t imagine Altuve going to be aimless on all four of them.

5. Next

Friday is a day off – it’s the only day outside the series – before ALCS resumes on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium. Astro former Gerrit Cole (13-8, 3.50 ERA) will start for the Yankees. He’ll be working on an extra day off after Sunday’s start in Game 4 of ALDS, although he also warmed up for Bullpen in Game 5 on Tuesday. Astros manager Dusty Becker said the previous game was still undecided on the start of Game 3. Wright’s Lance McCullers Jr. (4-2, 2.27 ERA) and Christian Javier (11-9, 2.54 ERA), are the lead favourites.

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