Astros: 10 Key Stats for Astros vs. Red Sox ALCS

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Ten key stats help size up the ALCS rival Astros and Red Sox before they head into the ring. Read on for more!

On Tuesday afternoon, behind a brilliant outing by Lance McCullers and the bullpen—as well as a three-hit game by Michael Brantley—the Houston Astros advanced past the Chicago White Sox.

Believe it or not—through securing Tuesday’s victory over the White Sox, the Astros made baseball history by becoming just the second team to appear in five consecutive American League Championship Series. Now, they face a new challenge in the Boston Red Sox. How do the teams stack up?

The ball club faced the Red Sox for seven games early this season during a very brief 11-day turnaround, winning five out of seven against Boston. One detail appeared especially evident—offensive fireworks. Both teams combined to average over nine runs of offense per game during their regular season contests.

Boston’s playoff chances might have seemed like an afterthought a month ago, but the Red Sox remain poised as one of two teams left in contention to represent the AL in the ’21 World Series. Boston—winners of the ’18 World Series—while still very good, appeared a shadow of their former greatness, and ended the season tied for second place with the Yankees, with both squads finishing a full eight games behind the 100-win Rays, a frontrunner whom the Red Sox eliminated in the ALDS.

Where did the Red Sox come from? And where do they plan to go? And how does Boston rank against this Houston’s ball club this year? Let’s find out through 10 key stats.