Bros Baker & Brantley Bring Astros Back To Life In ALCS | Stros Are Making The Haters Sick Right Now

Bros Baker & Brantley Bring Astros Back To Life In ALCS | Stros Are Making The Haters Sick Right Now

In the moment where it seems the Houston Astros were ready to be delivered their last rites, they found a way to keep hope alive.  

Dusty Baker’s cool resolve was tested by Boston’s offense but he once again made sure his team’s confidence remained intact. The top of Dusty’s lineup — which had begun hibernating for the winter in the first three games of the series — woke up with a vengeance in Game 4 returning as the catalyst to their 9-2 win at Fenway Park. 

MLBbro Michael Brantley broke the game open in the ninth inning with a bases-clearing hit.

Brantley swatted two more hits and the Astros offense kept pounding on the Red Sox pitching again in Game 5, leaving them staggered and heading back to Houston after a 9-1 victory. 

Another Pennant For Dusty, Stros ?

The Astros are now in position to clinch their second pennant in three years on Friday at Minute Maid Park.

That [game four] was a huge win,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “To tie that up, to guarantee us to go back home and have some more games at home.”

The Fabulous Baker Boys have erupted for 16 runs and 23 hits off a Boston staff that couldn’t get the final out of an inning for the last 10 in the bean. Houston’s 36 two-out runs were the most by a team through eight games in a single postseason. Fenway Park had been a house of horrors for the Astros until Tuesday night’s historic rally, but like their manager, they keep fighting back.

“I’m just glad that we didn’t quit,” Baker said. “Just a great job overall by the whole team.”

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Dusty Baker is proving to be the Master Technician in this ALCS. The veteran manager and baseball lifer has given the middle finger to the metrics (letting his pitchers rock out) and relied on his decades of knowledge in leading the Houston Astros to a commanding 3-2 series lead over the Boston Red Sox.

Bros Baker & Brantley Bring Astros Back To Life In ALCS | Stros Are Making The Haters Sick Right Now

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Dusty Baker’s Houston Astros have fallen behind 8-0 and 9-0 in ALCS Games 2 and 3, since winning Game 1.

Astros pitchers carried a 3.63 ERA during the regular season. It’s ballooned to 17.18 this series.

What will Dusty do to wake up the bats and get some stronger pitching outings? Houston trails the series 2-1.

Michael Brantley’s Postseason Hitting Streak Ends In Game 2 ALCS| The MLBbro Started Another One in Game 3

Michael Brantley’s Postseason Hitting Streak Ends In Game 2 ALCS| The MLBbro Started Another One in Game 3

No matter how Dusty Baker plays things behind the mask of cool the Houston Astros won’t beat the Boston Red Sox without the bat of MLBbro Michael Brantley AKA “The Professional.”

Michael Brantley Slump  

Brantley’s picked the wrong nights to put his bat on ice — Games 2 and 3 of the American League Championship Series.  

His record tying 15-game postseason hit streak came to an end as the Boston Red Sox pounded the Astros 9-5 and evened the series heading back to the bean.

One of the AL’s most prolific offensive players was a bystander in the batter’s box Saturday finishing 0-for-4 in an early evening matchup where those south Texas batting eyes were smiling on something other than the Astros.

They were done in by two historic grand slams in the first inning from J.D. Martinez and in the second inning from Rafael Devers.  

Once down 8-0 Houston never quit though.  They pecked away at Boston’s lead but could never get a crucial hit to put any real pressure on the Red Sox.  

Brantley had a chance to deliver in fifth inning with two runners on base and two outs.

However, the at bat ended in a whimper when he grounded to second off Nathan Eovaldy to kill the rally which deflated a crowd whose energy had finally returned following the grand slams of the first two innings.  

Traditionally Eovaldi and game one starter Chris Sale had been Brantley’s kryptonite.  Coming into the 2021 ALCS, he was a combined 10-for-51 lifetime against the top two starters for Boston.

During his sizzling postseason run Brantley had 23 hits in 64 at-bats, with two doubles, three home runs, and 13 runs RBI.

He had previously hit safely in every playoff game he’d played in for the Astros. Brantley, was not only driving in runs, he scored eight times.

Blitzed In Game 3

Heading to Boston, they hoped things would change. Brantley went 1-for-3, but the game got out of hand early as Boston took a 9-0 lead by the third inning, en route to an 12-3 Red Sox win.

Houston wasn’t able to recover from that early death blow and the heart of the AL’s top offense continues to struggle.

Up To Dusty 

Baker will have to find the tonic that will jump start the top of his lineup because the Astros can’t afford Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Brantley to remain in a slumber when they have been catalysts to their prodigious attack all season.

With Boston up 2-1, the ALCS remains up for grabs and the Astros are due for some big blasts of their own.