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Based on the way the Astros have dominated the competition so far this season, it appears the most significant threat to Houston’s playoff hopes might be internal.
Rogie Vachon Jersey Lance McCullers landed on the 10-day disabled list Monday with lower back discomfort, the fourth member of the Astros’ rotation to hit the DL in just over two weeks after Dallas Keuchel (neck), Joe Musgrove (shoulder) and Charlie Morton (back). Add in the shoulder and elbow injuries that have kept Collin McHugh from making his 2017 debut, and Houston’s starting staff has taken a beating.
Winning two out of three games would cut the lead to a game, and sweeping the series would have put Boston up a game. After winning the first game of the series 5-4 Tuesday, the Red Sox were confident they could do it.
But over games two and three of the series, the Sox lost to the Bombers by a combined 17-1 and dropped to three games back of their arch-rival in the process.
The Yankees being the Yankees, and having some of the best social media people in all of baseball to boot, they took some parting shots at the Sox after each game they won.
The Yanks weren’t done yet. After Gary Sanchez hit two home runs in a 9-1 win in the third game of the series, they went back to the ‘gram and let one last shot ring out.
Even in blowouts, Red Sox-Yankees series are intense. Here’s looking forward to seeing which shots are fired in their next series, which starts July 14 in Boston.