Yordan Alvarez has been one of the best hitters in the majors this season. The 25 year old consistently came up big in the big moments to help his squad win 106 games and another division crown. On Tuesday, he came up huge as he helped the Astros overcome a four-run to deficit to snatch game one (of the ALDS) away from the Seattle Mariners.
On Thursday, with Houston down by a run against Luis Castillo, he did it again.
This time, the go ahead homer came in the sixth inning right as Castillo had been absolutely dealing. In the bottom of the eighth, M’s skipper Scott Servais made the decision to walk the left fielder with a runner on first; that turned into an Alex Bregman RBI single to make it four nothing.
A lot of people on Twitter were salty with the decision to walk him there because Houston has a ton of bats and danger always lurks around the corner. But I firmly agree with the decision to walk Alvarez. The game was still within reach at that point and the 25-year-old has been so locked in that he would have knocked you completely out of game two with one swing of the bat.
I mean, what the fuck are you supposed to do with a guy who takes a pitch that’s an inch off the plate and crushed it the opposite way?
There’s no way in hell, with a comeback still possible, I’m letting him take his bat off the shoulder in that situation. To be fair, there’s also no way he should have been able to hit a two run homer off that pitch as well.
George Kirby will take the bump tomorrow in Seattle, Wash. with the goal being to avoid a three game sweep. We’ll bring you coverage from the first playoff game at T-Mobile since 2001 here on the blog.
As for the rest of our podcast, Victor and I not only talked about games one and two of the ALDS, we also discussed the ref job in Los Angeles that Washington State football was subjected to. The inability of the Pac-12 to fix it’s consistent officiating blunders is one of the most irritating and disappointing things about the conference. I also bring up the media rights deal because it’s now moving to the open market.
The Seahawks lololoss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday shows exactly why the franchise has corroded under Pete Carroll and John Schneider, despite the astounding play of Geno Smith through the first five games.
There’s also some more playoff baseball discussion along with our hawt taeks.
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10.13.22 – Yordan…please, Stop – Sports with Neil and friends
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