A closer look at the Houston Astros ahead of the ALCS

A closer look at the Houston Astros ahead of the ALCS

The New York Yankees were 6-0 at home in the postseason a year ago, and enter Monday's ALDS Game 3 with the AL Wild Card Game win in their pinstriped back pocket. Aaron Hicks missed a home run by about 4 feet on a foul drive down the right-field line, worked the count full, then popped out to Kinsler to backpedaled from second to short right field.

"I was just trying to get it over the plate", Romine said.

Oct 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox second baseman Brock Holt (12) runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the New York Yankees during the ninth inning in game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. After all, NY hit by far the most home runs of any team in the regular season, and it scored five or more runs in an inning 16 times (per Baseball Reference).

I mean, usually when stuff like that's going on, you don't really talk about it. But the Red Sox, frequent visitors who clinched the AL East crown at Yankee Stadium just 2½ weeks ago, were hardly intimidated.

Next up: the World Champion Houston Astros in the seven-game American League Championship Series that will begin on Saturday night at Fenway Park.

Darling, who spent 13 years in the major leagues, most notably with the New York Mets in the 1980s, was clearly referring to the so-called unwritten rules of baseball.

Boosted by noisy fans in their homer-friendly ballpark, the Yankees entered 7-0 at home the past two postseasons - against out-of-division opponents.

■ Outfielder George Springer was one of three Astros to hit 20 regular season home runs (22) and 70 RBIs (71).

Boston Red Sox third baseman Eduardo Nunez, left, celebrates with teammates after the Red Sox victory in NY. "They push us throughout the whole season, and they push it even more here in the postseason, I think". Mitch Moreland was 1-for-3 and scored a run.

Benintendi, already a Yankees nemesis, was on base four times and scored twice.

Severino looked out of sorts in the outing, but his rushed pregame warmup likely had little to do with it.

NY trailed 10-0 in the fourth when Luke Voit hit a comebacker off the bare hand of Eovaldi, and Hernandez signalled Voit beat the throw from second baseman Brock Holt for an infield hit. Instead, it appeared that the Yankees starter was tipping his pitches.

Then it was an inning each from Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier and Sale, who became the second starting pitcher to handle the eighth inning this series (Porcello did it in Game 1). He came in to score the Red Sox's fourth run on a bases-loaded walk issued by Lance Lynn.

Boston first baseman Steve Pearce stretched for an outstanding catch that nipped Torres.

"He had plenty of warm-up", manager Aaron Boone said.

With the season on the line tonight, Boone cannot let Sabathia go through the lineup a third time unless the Yankees have a huge lead. He waited for his chance as the fourth batter of the final inning. Brett Gardner was back in center, but Boone said he wouldn't hesitate to use Hicks in any role off the bench.

Yankees: The 38-year-old Sabathia (9-7, 3.65) will be on 11 days' rest when he makes his 23rd postseason start. The two teams split the first two games of the series in Boston.

"Major League Baseball needs to do something about Angel", Martinez said.