Welcome to “The Morning After.”
The away team is 6-0 in the 2023 ALCS. The Astros are looking to buck that trend with no time to waste. It’s a Texas-sized showdown, with the winner surviving and the loser never to be heard from again. I hope you have your antacid tablets close at hand, or at the very least a shot of Fireball.
Houston Astros News
Did Ejected Dusty Baker Break Rules, Communicate Strategy as Houston Astros Rallied Past Texas Rangers? (Sports Illustrated) (note — no, he didn’t)
AL West News
4 K’s? Hostile crowd? Adolis shrugs it all off with slam (note — Wow, what a hero, can you imagine a player that does well in hostile conditions? Once in a generation talent, this guy.)
Astros’ fans: We may never pass this way again (Chipalatta)
Is ex-Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland a shoo-in for Baseball Hall of Fame? (Detroit Free Press)
Houston Astros Birthdays
OF Ben Francisco (42) played for six teams over seven seasons, including Houston for part of 2012. He was 21-for-85 in 31 contests, with two home runs and five RBI.
Middle-infielder Kazuo Matsui (48) played three seasons with Houston, from 2008 through 2010. He hit .259/.315/.370 with 15 round-trippers and 80 RBI.
RHP Bo McLaughlin (70) was 9-15 for Houston between 1976 and 1979, making 18 starts and 69 trips out of the pen. He pitched to a 3.90 ERA, a 3.79 FIP, a 1.352 WHIP, and an 88 ERA+ with 5.0 K/9.
2B George Williams (1939-2009) was three-for-eight in five games for the 1962 Houston Colt .45s.
RHP Gerardo Bojorquez (26) remains on Houston’s roll call, although he hasn’t pitched in the system since 2⁄3 of an inning for the rookie club in 2022.