Jose Altuve Walks It Off on Aroldis Chapman, Astros Win the ALCS

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Jose Altuve Walks It Off on Aroldis Chapman, Astros Win the ALCS

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Thanks to the late Eastern start and the parade of relievers, I only made it to the 5th inning last night before I decided to pack it in. It’s a bummer, because it seems I missed a helluvan ending to the ALCS.

After a tense eight innings that saw the Astros holding onto a two-run lead, D.J. LeMahieu battled Astros closer Roberto Osuna for 10 pitches before homering to tie the game:

Yankees fans, who no doubt started to see their team overcoming a 3-1 deficit to force a Game 7, were overjoyed.

But it was all just a setup to Altuve and Chapman:

The smile there from Chapman, as he was probably processing the shock. You’d think he would know how to handle giving up shocking homers in decisive late postseason games.

Savages, indeed:

(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

So, it’s Astros-Nationals for the 2019 World Series, and that sure seems like a fair matchup, given the rotations and lineups and stars. The series opens Tuesday night in Houston

Incidentally, that leaves two days now with no games on the schedule, and teams able to make managerial announcements if they choose …

If the Cubs are going with David Ross, they could make an announcement soon. If they’re still considering Joe Espada, then it’s extremely likely they’ll wait until after the World Series to decide anything. And now, with the Yankees eliminated, we get to see if the Cubs are indeed planning to interview someone with the Yankees (bench coach Josh Bard would be my guess).



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.