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Playoff Gameday Thread #19: Party like it’s 2001

It’s Game 7 against the Yankees, after the home team won the first six. Seems familiar...

MLB: ALDS-Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

5:08 pm: New York Yankees @ Houston Astros (3-3)

C.C. Sabathia (LHP, 14-5, 3.69) vs. Charlie Morton (RHP, 14-7, 3.62). Of course, there are differences: it’s the American League Championship Series, not the World Series. And while there is also a city which was devastated by unimaginable tragedy earlier in the season, this time it’s Houston, not New York. I imagine most neutrals would therefore be behind the Astros here, for sentimental reasons - the same way even the Yankees were perhaps preferred outside of Arizona in 2001. But it’s going to require a very different outcome from the same pitching match-up in Game 3, where Morton allowed seven runs and didn’t get through four, while Sabathia put up six zeroes.

I might even have to watch a bit of this one. I must confess, I have likely seen less playoff baseball since the end of Game 3 in our NLDS, than just about any other season post moving to Arizona. Fingers crossed the Astros can pull it off: both to keep the Yankees out, and because they likely represent the best chance of stopping the Dodgers.