Yordan Alvarez made history again for the Houston Astros, giving them a commanding ALDS lead over the Mariners
Yordan Alvarez continues to dominate opposing pitchers, this time in October when it really matters. The Astros surged past the Mariners in both games at home, a potent offense stayed dominant, and now have a 2-0 lead going back to Seattle.
In Game 1, the Astros found themselves down 4-0 early on after Verlander didn’t have his stuff and got rocked by the Mariners’ offense.
Yordan Alvarez came up to bat and hit a two-run double to cut the lead in half, showing everyone that he is clutch. As the game continued, Yordan Alvarez came up to bat with two runners on and two outs, down 7-5. A home run wins the game, anything in the gap would tie the game up.
Alvarez then launched a 438-foot bomb to right field to walk the game off, giving the Astros the 1-0 series lead. I must add that the Mariners brought in Robbie Ray, who Yordan Alvarez has dominated throughout his career. He ended the night going 3-5 with 5 RBIs.
In Game 2, Houston led 1-0 up until the fourth inning when Carlos Santana and Dylan Moore brought two runs in to make it a 2-1 game. Alvarez came up to bat in the sixth inning with Jeremy Pena on base. Being the most clutch hitter in baseball right now, Alvarez hit a two-run opposite-field home run to give the Astros a 3-2 lead.
This game wasn’t over, Alvarez came up to bat later on in the eighth inning but was intentionally walked with a runner on. This left two runners on base and Alex Bregman up to bat with a chance to add on insurance runs.
Do you know how much of a threat at the plate you have to be to be intentionally walked with Alex Bregman up to bat right after you? Yordan Alvarez has that effect on teams, this led to Bregman hitting an RBI base hit to give the Astros a 4-2 lead.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan noted this amazing fact:
Houston now leads the series 2-0, just needing one more win in the next three games to secure a spot in the ALCS for the sixth straight year.
If Alvarez can continue what he’s doing in October, it’s looking like the Astros will be making a very deep run for the World Series.
His presence at the plate is crucial to how opposing pitchers approach him, making decisions on how and where to throw to such a powerful hitter.