For most teams, coming within two games of Fall Classic would be cause for celebration. But for the imperial New York franchise, "it's a failure," conceded Yankees slugger Aaron Judge. Another heavy hittter, Jose Altuve, blasted a ninth-inning two-run homer in Houston last night to give his Astros a 6-4 win over New York and a trip to the World Series. Die-hard Bronx Bomber fans can take solace in controversial second-inning strike calls that stranded two Yankee runners.
And the World Series? On Tuesday, the Astros will face the well-rested National League champion Washington Nationals in Houston for Game 1.
OZY's The Huddle looks at the Nats' chance to end Washington's championship drought.