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Astros: “Don’t let us win tonight,” a letter to the Boston Red Sox

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HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 16: (L-R) Manager AJ Hinch, Justin Verlander #35, and Joe Smith #38 of the Houston Astros talk in the outfield during batting practice before Game Three of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park on October 16, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 16: (L-R) Manager AJ Hinch, Justin Verlander #35, and Joe Smith #38 of the Houston Astros talk in the outfield during batting practice before Game Three of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park on October 16, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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Hey Boston, don’t let the Astros win Game 5.

Dear Red Sox,

If you really want to go to the World Series, wrap up the series against the Astros tonight. With a 3-1 lead and a three-game win streak, that should be easy. Right? But leave no room for error against Justin Verlander and the defending champs. You may have umpire Joe West on your side, but this is Houston and we are Houston Strong. You stole two games here, so you might as well wrap it up tonight.

I’m paraphrasing here and I’m mincing the words of one of your own. Kevin Millar once told the Yankees roughly 14 years ago:

"“Don’t let us win tonight.”"

He said that right before Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS. If you may recall, the Red Sox accomplished something that has never been done in the history of the Major League, which is comeback from a 0-3 deficit to win the ALCS in 2004 en route to your first World Series Championship since 1918.

Congratulations on that feat by the way. It was a memorable run. This situation isn’t like that, but the Astros do face an uphill battle by needing to win the next three games, including the last two in Boston.

So, my advice to you: Don’t let us win today.

Don’t let us win today. This is a big game. We’ve got Verlander on the mound. And if we win, we’ve got the “Cole Train” in Game 6. And in Game 7, anything can happen. So, don’t let the ‘Stros win this game.

The Astros are still defending champs for another day at least. Verlander takes the hill tonight bringing his 2-0 record and 3.18 ERA this postseason, you bet he’s ready to lead this team to a Game 6. If it gets there, then Gerrit Cole likely has the start in that game. I’d highly doubt he will have another rough outing. So, I’m not sure you would want to face him either. And we all know, the greatest game in all of sports is a Game 7. If it gets to that point, anything can happen. Just ask the 2017 Houston Astros, who won two Game 7’s last year.

Did I mention that Carlos Correa has found his swing? Did I cover the fact that George Springer is an absolute monster in the postseason? Oh, and Jose Altuve was robbed of a two-run home run last night. I bet he has something to prove again before this is all over. Alex Bregman could capitalize on situations like that of last night with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. Nice catch by Andrew Benintendi. But just a tip, don’t allow Bregman another opportunity like that again. It may not have the same outcome.

dark. Next. Only option for the Astros is to win or go home

Good luck tonight Boston. You’ll need it. And seriously, don’t let us win tonight. Because if you do, this gritty team will crush your dreams of a run to another World Series. This team never settles and you’ll quickly find that out tonight.

Sincerely,

A Houston Astros Fan

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