After a 6 – 5 win against Tampa Bay Rays last Monday 11, Boston Red Sox was the first team clinched on the American League Final this season, closing the series in four games. Boston had to return from a loss on the first challenge in Tampa and won the following three, finishing it at home.
In those matches, Boston had 26 runs scored (averaging more than six per game) and 20 against. Highlight from a 14 – 6 victory on Game 2, playing away.
- Boston 0 @ Tampa Bay 5
- Boston 14 @ Tampa Bay 6
- Tampa Bay 4 @ Boston 6
- Tampa Bay 5 @ Boston 6
Coming from the Wild Card, with a 6 – 2 win duo to the rival New York Yankees, the Red Sox are going to the ALCS for the seventh time since 2003. That’s tied for the most in that span with the Yankees.
Starting the series as an underdog, Boston faced the best franchise from the regular season on the American League. The Rays had 100 victories and 62 losses (617 winning percentage).
The last time it happened in an entire season was in 2019, which also finished with the World Series title, when Washington Nationals came from the Wild Card, defeating New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS, St. Louis Cardinals on NLCS, and Houston Astros on World Series.
Now that Red Sox swept both rivals from the East AL, Yankees, and Rays, they will face Houston Astros. The NLCS first match will be on Friday 15.
After leading by 2 – 1, the Astros closed the series this Tuesday, with an excellent 10 – 1 win duo to Chicago White Sox in Illinois. Houston averaged almost eight runs scored on the four matches and had around four against.
The Houston Astros should enter as favorites to win the American League Finals title on Bovada. However, the Boston Red Sox have already proven that they can surprise!
On the other hand, the franchise which came from the Wild Card on the American League was not in a good situation. In an NLDS Series between two franchises from the NL West, Los Angeles Dodgers is losing by 2 – 1 against San Francisco Giants and will have to defeat the rival at home this Tuesday, to think about Game 5, on Thursday 14 and the Conference Finals.
Despite being the team with fewer wins on the regular season, among the playoffs’ teams (88 wins and 73 losses), Atlanta Braves keeps surprising in a comeback wino n the series and advanced to the NLCS, with a 5 – 4 victory at home.
For a while, this was the tighter series from the playoffs. None of the matches had more than three runs of difference between the franchises. Atlanta averaged three runs scored per match and only 1,5 against.