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Oct. 20, 2019: MLB Daily Postseason Primer

José Altuve walks off Astros to the World Series

MLB: ALCS-New York Yankees at Houston Astros Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

For about ten minutes it looked like maybe the plan to have a bullpen game would backfire on the Houston Astros. The plan had worked until DJ LeMahieu hit a Roberto Osuna pitch for two-run homer to tie the game in the top of the ninth.

But then with two outs and a man on, José Altuve saved his team from going to extra-innings with a pennant winning walkoff two-run homer to send the Astros to the World Series.

Today and Monday will be the longest break without a scheduled regular season or postseason baseball game since the All-Star Break.

Yankees at Astros - ALCS (Astros win 4-2)

The fact that both teams knew there could be a bullpen game in a series that would send the winner to the World Series maybe just part of baseball in 2019. But even this bullpen game did something not done in the century.

The Astros are hitting .208 in the playoffs and only .175 with runners in scoring position. But José Altuve is doing some big things for them this year.

The Astros needed that due to something that had not happened since 1972.

All of that set up this particular nugget.

No one is going to feel bad for the most successful postseason franchise in MLB history but it has been a dry period for the New York Yankees

The Yankees had played in the following World Series by decade since 1920:

  • 1920s - 6 (3 World Series wins)
  • 1930s - 5 (5)
  • 1940s - 5 (4)
  • 1950s - 8 (6)
  • 1960s - 5 (2)
  • 1970s - 3 (2)
  • 1980s - 1
  • 1990s - 3 (3)
  • 2000s - 4 (2)

Saturday’s scoreboard

Astros 6, Yankees 4