The American League Championship Series is all set, and it is sure to make Yankees’ fans wince.
The Houston Astros finished off the Chicago White Sox 10-1 in Game 4 of the Division Series, and will meet up with the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS, which begins Friday night in Houston.
Free-agent-to-be Carlos Correa gave Houston a 2-1 advantage on a two-run double in the top of the third inning, and the Astros never looked back.
Yankees’ nemesis Jose Altuve had a huge afternoon with three hits, including a 3-run homer in the ninth inning to blow it open. Altuve scored four runs in the victory.
Despite their checkered history revolving around the sign-stealing scandal from a few years ago, this will be the Astros fifth straight trip to the American League Championship Series.
They will face a Boston Red Sox team that took care of both the Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays to get to the ALCS. Of course Red Sox manager Alex Cora, was once a member of the infamous 2017 Astros coaching staff that was implicated in the scandal. He was suspended last season, but has returned to get the Sox back in the ALCS. Cora already has a World Series ring as Red Sox manager back in 2018.
These same two teams met in the ALCS back in 2018, with Boston winning the series in five games.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Braves punched their ticket to the National League Championship Series with a 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers, taking that series in four games.
Freedie Freeman has three hits and a home run in victory for Atlanta.
This will mark the second straight season the Braves have made it to the League Championship Series. They lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games last year. Atlanta awaits the winner of the Dodgers-San Francisco Giants Division Series.