When you are playing against the Houston Astros, no lead is safe.
The Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees learned it the hard way.
After falling behind in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against Seattle, the Astros have played some excellent baseball all around.
They were able to overcome that early deficit and haven’t looked back since then.
“Astros have outscored opponents 29-12 since trailing Seattle in the fourth inning of ALDS Game 1,” Astros insider Brian McTaggart tweeted.
Astros have outscored opponents 29-12 since trailing Seattle in the fourth inning of ALDS Game 1.
— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) October 27, 2022
If you don’t remember, we will help you: Game 1 of the AL Division Series was the one in which Yordan Alvarez turned a two-run deficit into a one-run win with a huge three-run home run.
The following game, Alvarez also erased a Mariners lead but in the sixth inning against ace Luis Castillo.
Beating The Astros Requires Playing Some High-Level Baseball
In the Championship Series against the Yankees, the Astros found themselves down on the scoreboard in Games 1 and 4, and ended up winning both.
Long story short, it requires an otherworldly level of focus to beat the Astros and not letting them back into the game.
They are capable of putting a bunch of runs on the scoreboard early in the game, in the middle innings (when they figure out the opposition’s starter) or in late situations.
Additionally, they have the pitching staff to protect any leads or keep them in the game as they try to fight back, in the event they find themselves losing at one point.
This is a well-coached, well-trained juggernaut that may be even better than their 106-win regular season record suggests.
The Philadelphia Phillies can beat the Astros, but they will need to have a perfect series.