Yankees fans get nightmare ALCS where Red Sox might receive incredible advantage
Here it is. The series every New York Yankees fan has been waiting for … to encourage them to walk off the nearest ledge.
After Tuesday’s results, it’ll be the Boston Red Sox vs the Houston Astros in the ALCS, which begins on Friday. It’s a rematch of the 2018 edition, which saw the Sox advance to the World Series in five games … and then win the World Series in five games.
Look, we don’t care what you think of the Astros and their cheating scandal. We don’t care how many times Houston has punked us since 2015. No sane Yankees fan can comfortably sit back and root for the Red Sox, who have won FOUR championships since 2004 after whining for 86 years.
Unfortunately, though, it might not matter how many bandwagon fans the Astros bring aboard over the next week and a half. They were hit with some troubling injury news after their Game 4 ALDS victory over the White Sox, which clinched the series.
Astros manager Dusty Baker told the media on Tuesday evening that Lance McCullers Jr., the team’s “ace” at the moment, was removed after four innings due to forearm tightness when everyone initially thought it was Baker being cautious about the right-hander facing the White Sox lineup a third time.
So, the Red Sox, who have somehow overachieved this year and then waltzed by the 100-win Tampa Bay Rays, could now face the second-best AL team without their top pitcher. Unbelievable.
The Red Sox could catch a huge break against the Astros in the ALCS.
Fitting. The Red Sox got to face a lifeless Yankees team in the Wild Card Game at home and then got the Rays, who, while good, had lost their three best starters from last year. Of course one of the best offenses in the league would have the advantage over three rookies/hybrid starters.
Now, they might avoid McCullers, with the Astros scrambling to figure out who might fill that fourth spot. It could be Zack Greinke, but the way his season ended (COVID list and IL to end the year) might not have him ready to eat innings as a starter.
All we’re saying? Brace yourselves for a Red Sox vs Whatever NL Team in the World Series. And be prepared to sweat out your life in fear of Boston capturing yet another title (the city has 12 championships since 2001) in a year where three out of the four teams in the AL East were expected to have better campaigns than them.
At the very least, we hope somebody in media asks Boston’s brass (when given the opportunity/spotlight) about Alex Cora returning after being dismissed before the 2020 season, which will hopefully be viewed as one of the most disingenuous moves of the last decade.