Heading into the weekend, I thought the New York Yankees would win one game or two against their arch rival the Boston Red Sox on the road. The Yankees were on the verge of avoiding the sweep on Sunday Night, until they blew a three-run lead in the ninth-inning and lost 5-4 in extra innings.
New York was swept and they are now 9.5 games back of the Boston Red Sox. The AL East is race is all but over and so is the number one seed for the American League. Do you want to know who the real winner is this weekend because of all of this? The Houston Astros.
Think about it this way, the defending champions should have the most pressure out of any team come playoff to repeat, but Houston will not feel the pressure for the second consecutive postseason.
The Astros record is 71-42, but the Red Sox record is 79-34. Boston will have a lot of pressure to win it all this postseason and it is quite possible they will face the New York Yankees in the ALDS and the Houston Astros would face the Cleveland Indians. The Indians aren't having as great of a season like they did in 2017.
When Houston won it all last season, they were the second seed in the American League and they will most likely be the second seed again this postseason.
The Astros didn't face pressure last postseason because everyone expected the Cleveland Indians (102-60) or the Los Angeles Dodgers (104-58) to win the World Series last season.
Well, ask Houston how it all fared in the end.
The 2018 postseason could feature the same path to a championship for them. They are going to get healthy at some point as Jose Altuve is recovering from a knee injury and George Springer is recovering from a thumb injury.
I am not trying to discredit what the Boston Red Sox did this weekend because they did sweep the New York Yankees and at the moment they are the best team in baseball.
At the end of the day, I just like the Houston Astros path to win back-to-back World Series Titles. That hasn't happened since the New York Yankees three-peated in 1998,1999, and 2000.
If it ever came down to a Game 7, I think the Houston Astros would have the better starter in either Gerrit Cole, Charlie Morton, or Dallas Keuchel, depending how manager A.J. Hinch wants to set his rotation. The Boston Red Sox would either have David Price or Nathan Eovaldi pitching in a Game 7 and Houston would have the advantage in that department.
Both teams have amazing lineups. The winner of that series will most likely win it all. Houston has six more wins than the Milwaukee Brewers and they lead the National League with 65 wins. Boston has 14 more wins than Milwaukee.