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Snake Bytes: 10/23 - Astros Now Await Braves (Probably)

The Houston Astros punched their ticket back to the World Series with a dominating 5-0 victory over Boston and now await the winner of the NLCS, Game 6 of which is tonight.

American League Championship Series Game 6: Boston Red Sox v. Houston Astros Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Getty Images


Boston 0, Houston 5
The Boston Red Sox did not record their first hit of the game until the seventh inning, a one-out, one-on single by Alex Verdugo. The Astros were already up 2-0 by that point and deep into Boston’s bullpen. The Red Sox simply looked out-matched all game, and frankly, for the final three games of the series.

Astros Headed to Third WS in Five Years
After falling behind 2-1 the Red Sox in the best-of-seven series, many were prepared to write the Houston Astros off. After all, the Red Sox stole one in Houston by pounding the Astros’ pitching mercilessly, only to then pile on even harder when they returned to Boston. That left the Astros needing to win three of four, with the first two in Boston, with all the momentum in Boston’s dugout - as well as the rested pitching. Not only did Houston not flinch, they won the next three contests in such dominating fashion as to be nearly uncompetitive.

Yordan Alvarez Named ALCS MVP
Going 12-for-23 (.522) with five extra-base hits and six RBI en route to a 1.408 will generally get you some hefty recognition.

Whom Should Astros Root For in NLCS?
As much as we hate the boys from Chavez Ravine having success, there are so many reasons, both emotional and practical, for the Astros to root for a second consecutive season of the Dodgers coming back from being down 3-1 to the Braves.

Seven Incredible Facts on Dusty Baker Returning to the World Series
It’s been 19 season since Dusty Baker last managed in the World Series. Here are some impressive tidbits about Baker’s long and storied managerial career.


Dodgers/Braves Game 6 FAQ
A Look at what to expect in tonight’s NLCS tilt.

Max Scherzer Scratched from Game 6 Start
Before this announcement was made, the Los Angeles Dodgers looked like they might just be in the driver’s seat, despite being down 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. Now, the team will need to throw yet another bullpen game, relying on exhausted arms, despite the addition of David Price, who has not thrown an inning in three weeks.

Other Baseball News

Padres to Interview Mike Shildt this Weekend
Raise your hand if you didn’t see this one coming. The Padres have realistic playoff aspirations with no manager. Mike Shildt is one of the most successful managers of the last five years, having made the playoffs the last four seasons.

Brian Sabean Reportedly Interested in Mets’ President Job
After floating a number of names that were never realistic possibilities to fill vacancies in Queens, word now breaks that Brian Sabean has interest in the job of team President. If true, the Mets would be hard-pressed to find anyone that is both available and who has a better track record of transforming teams into winners.