Top teams clash in Championship Series

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The tale of the tape proves that this pair of 100-win teams has been some of the best teams in baseball this year and it all goes on the line this weekend.

If you need proof of how well these teams matchup, let’s take a look at some numbers, shall we?

In the regular season, the Boston Red Sox went 57-24 at home, reaching a .704 win percentage.

Meanwhile, the Houston Astros went 57-24 on the road, earning a similar .704 win percentage.

Red Sox batters led the league with 5.41 runs per game.

But the Astros’ pitching staff posted a 3.11 earned run average to also lead the majors.

In terms of postseason history between these two teams, last year’s ALDS meeting was the first in history, where Houston took the series 3-1 and everyone knows how that postseason ended.

Though the Astros showed no signs of that World Series hangover, earning a franchise-record in wins en route to claiming the AL West for the second consecutive year, a year shy of the current streak Boston holds in the East.

With the Yankees also reaching the 100-win mark within the American League, this 2018 regular season was the first in history with a trio of 100-win teams in the same division.

The last time the Red Sox faced two 100-win teams in the same postseason was in 2004, but what happened that year?

The Yankees (101 wins) and St. Louis Cardinals (105) were taken down by Boston and that’s right, one of the longest championship droughts in sports was ended that year.

In the three previous Championship-Series meetings between teams that reached 100 wins, two have gone on to win the ultimate prize.

The Cincinnati Reds swept the Yankees in 1976 and New York came back the very next year and beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-2. The 1971 Baltimore Orioles was the only team not to clinch a World Series from this scenario as Roberto Clemente’s Pittsburg Pirates took the Series, four games to three.

Over the seven-game regular-season series between the Sox and Astros, Houston holds a 4-3 advantage although no win margin exceeded six runs.

On a more local connection, Sealy Volleyball Coach Kim Boyd attended Stephenville High School with Boston’s utility specialist, Brock Holt.

She joked that although her family was saying it was impossible to stay on the fence of rooting for both your hometown team and the team of a high school friend but Boyd noted, “You can’t make me choose!”

She added she was very happy for the only man to register a cycle in the postseason in baseball history, recording a single, double, triple and home run in the Sox 16-1 rout of the Yankees.

“It couldn’t have happened to a better person,” Boyd stated.

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