HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve, Houston’s diminutive superstar, has long been a postseason powerhouse.
But Altuve has been a non-factor at the plate since the playoffs began. The Astros hope he finds his stroke when they return to the AL Championship Series for a sixth straight year and host the New York Yankees in Game 1 Wednesday night.
Philadelphia Phillies (86-73, third in the NL East) vs. Houston Astros (104-55, first in the AL West)
Houston; Monday, 8:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Phillies: Aaron Nola (10-13, 3.36 ERA, .98 WHIP, 226 strikeouts); Astros: Lance McCullers Jr.
HOUSTON (AP) — Jeremy Pena hit an early two-run homer and drove in an insurance run late, lifting the Houston Astros to a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.
One pitch after Jose Altuve’s leadoff bunt single, Pena belted a cutter by Rays starter Corey Kluber (10-10) over the right-field fence and into the home bullpen.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Kyle Bradish upstaged Justin Verlander and Trey Mancini.
Not a bad night's work for the Baltimore rookie.
Bradish came within one out of his first career shutout, outpitching Verlander in a stellar performance to lift the Orioles over the Houston Astros 2-0 on Thursday.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Lance McCullers Jr. continued to impress in his return from a forearm flexor strain, pitching into the sixth inning as the Houston Astros finished off a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.