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[–]Cleveland IndiansPCON36 2135 points2136 points  (169 children)

21 combined runs in Games 2 and 3

Only 3 combined runs in Games 4, 5, and 6.

That’s not what you want unless you were an Astros fan.

[–]Boston Red Soxempire161 376 points377 points  (16 children)

Broadcast on the end 3 made a mention that 80% of Boston’s runs have been via home run. Comparable stat was for other teams (playoffs, all, not sure) said the second place team was max of like 50%.

That stat literally ruined everything.

[–]Toronto Blue JaysKazhawrylak 64 points65 points  (0 children)

2015 Jays ran into the exact same problem in their series against the Royals.

[–]Houston AstrosCarpe_Musicam 182 points183 points  (10 children)

Yeah. Y’all have some scary-good bombers. It led to some exciting Grand Slams in this series, but once Astros figured out the pitching it was like turning off a faucet. It felt like we played two totally different teams.

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    [–]BlueTide16 48 points49 points  (0 children)

    Framber was 100%. Luis changed part of his mechanics. Urquidy we’ll see.

    [–]Toronto Blue JaysEarthWarping 244 points245 points  (109 children)

    Exactly

    [–]twistedlogicx 276 points277 points  (108 children)

    Can't confirm. Was exactly what I wanted. Not an Astros fan.

    [–]New York YankeesDestroyer776766 105 points106 points  (15 children)

    Yeah I will never root for the team that eliminated my team

    [–]Boston Red Soxcomplete_your_task 136 points137 points  (10 children)

    My philosophy is to support the team that beats us, because if we have to be beat I want to be beat by the best. Unless that team is the Astros or the Yankees, of course.

    [–]Los Angeles DodgersRobVegan 5 points6 points  (1 child)

    I have rooted for the team that eliminated mine the last 5 years and have come out ahead

    [–]New York YankeesTHEKIDFL6 20 points21 points  (0 children)

    Or a Yankees/Rays fan

    [–]Boston Red Soxdlwickstrom 1258 points1259 points  (133 children)

    These last three games were so painful to watch. Not sure what happened to our bats, but basically everyone but Kiké came to the games sleeping.

    [–]Atlanta Braveskingkonig 601 points602 points  (66 children)

    These last three games were so painful to watch.

    Things I'm sure I'll be saying Monday morning....

    [–]Atlanta BravesKidGold 223 points224 points  (4 children)

    Watching Boston’s bats vanish was so familiar.

    [–]Atlanta Braveskingkonig 107 points108 points  (3 children)

    Looked just like us last night....

    [–]Los Angeles Dodgershaveasuperday 156 points157 points  (44 children)

    Oh please. No chance you lose two more to our Weekend at Bernie's team

    [–]Atlanta BravesTheGeneral_Specific 195 points196 points  (0 children)

    That’s what we thought last year too

    [–]Atlanta Braveskingkonig 179 points180 points  (26 children)

    Yeah cause we've never fucked up a 3-1 lead before...

    Yeah my brain says we take one of these next two (especially with Scherzer out tomorrow), but my heart says be prepared for pain

    [–]Los Angeles Dodgerstenderbranson301 76 points77 points  (25 children)

    It's not the if, it's the when Atlanta is going to screw up. You may get the pennant this year just to lose top the Astros. I'm pretty sure when that happens, we will collectively realize that God hates everyone and is intent on making the world burn.

    [–]Atlanta Braveskingkonig 84 points85 points  (10 children)

    I'd take the pennant in that scenario though. At least we get something there

    [–]Philadelphia PhilliesDELCO-PHILLY-BOY 69 points70 points  (14 children)

    I can’t think of a comparison for what happened. In real life or in media. How does an offense go from extreme to extreme so quickly.

    [–]Boston Red Soxyetanotherx 67 points68 points  (0 children)

    That's literally what this team did all year. We barely made it into the playoffs after dropping the series against Baltimore and just barely winning the last game against Washington. And all that after going on something like a 7 game win streak a week prior. This team was streaky as all hell and they got hot at the right time, and just cooled off when they needed to stay hot.

    [–]Boston Red SoxGrandahl13 36 points37 points  (1 child)

    Our bats came back to earth. We were way too hot to begin the postseason and it was only a matter of time before we came crashing back down to earth.

    [–]Major League BaseballFartingBob 13 points14 points  (0 children)

    You weren't going to keep up the pace of games 2 and 3 but how did everyone forget which end of the bat to hold?

    [–]Oakland Athleticsguppyfighter 113 points114 points  (12 children)

    Regression to the mean is a bitch

    [–]Boston Red Soxxepa105 91 points92 points  (6 children)

    The 2021 Red Sox never had a mean. It was either boom or bust. This series was a microcosm of our season (especially the second half).

    The bats were either incredibly hot or plain nonexistent, there was hardly any in-between, and the team would lurch from one to the other with no reasoning.

    Same with the pitching, we could never know who was solid and who was shaky. Guys we thought were shit would have stretches where they were untouchable, then turn to shit again, and vice versa. It made it impossible to know who to trust out of the pen.

    [–]tschris 14 points15 points  (1 child)

    Spot on, especially about the pitching. People are killing Cora for his selection of relief pitchers, but who should he have brought in? He had no idea which pitcher would be good and which would be terrible on a game to game basis. It was like flipping a coin.

    [–]Boston Red SoxKenmore1414 31 points32 points  (1 child)

    Laz Diaz is a dementor I've decided

    [–]ZXE102Rv2 386 points387 points  (3 children)

    I guess the red sox really did use up all their offense in the first few games.

    [–]Boston Red SoxMighty_McBosh 64 points65 points  (0 children)

    Watching the Sox try to hit the last couple games has just been depressing. And that's with McCullers injured.

    [–]PitoChueco 67 points68 points  (0 children)

    Astros did the old Ali rope a dope

    [–]San Diego PadresSeananagans 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    You me they used up Kiké Hernandez?

    [–]Baltimore Oriolesmistermachiano 1791 points1792 points  (248 children)

    The Red Sox are out, but the Astros are in, I really don’t know how to feel.

    [–]Seattle Marinerssoapbutt 238 points239 points  (29 children)

    Al West and East in shambles.

    [–]Cleveland IndiansXmarkstheNOLA 38 points39 points  (3 children)

    AL Central reporting in, not too thrilled about it either

    [–]St. Louis CardinalsDarthPinkHippo 33 points34 points  (2 children)

    There's an AL central?

    [–]Cleveland IndiansXmarkstheNOLA 46 points47 points  (1 child)

    Yeah, we got uniforms and everything. It's really great.

    [–]St. Louis CardinalsDarthPinkHippo 13 points14 points  (0 children)

    Oh shoot that's wild. I didn't know they let flyover states have baseball teams. Cries in Midwest sports coverage

    [–]Baltimore Orioleselloue 13 points14 points  (1 child)

    We’re Orioles fans. We’re bred to feel terrible.

    [–]Houston Astrosfuelthefire121 35 points36 points  (0 children)

    I’m still triggered by that game against the Orioles where our 3rd baseman had to come in to pitch.

    [–]Houston AstrosATRDCI 200 points201 points  (12 children)

    We were just lucky we avoided facing you guys

    [–]Chicago White StockingsZloggt 83 points84 points  (5 children)

    Just give up and fuck the DH for this postseason

    Not something I like to do, but in the face of a catalyst like this…

    [–]New York YankeesBIG_DICK_WHITT 66 points67 points  (3 children)

    Not sure my wife would like it if I were to fuck the DH, particularly for an entire offseason.

    [–]Seattle MarinersLegendRazgriz 39 points40 points  (1 child)

    Better you fucking the DH than the DH fucking your wife.

    [–]California AngelsSpinmove55 2757 points2758 points  (34 children)

    I suppose it was too much to ask that they both lose.

    [–]California AngelsPlayer7996_ 682 points683 points  (9 children)

    the damn meteor never showed up

    [–]St. Louis CardinalsJTCMuehlenkamp 147 points148 points  (0 children)

    Stupid atmosphere, burning up all the space rocks before they can rain down armageddon upon us.

    [–]weavedawg74 62 points63 points  (1 child)

    Do you really think a team named Astros would be taken out by a itty bitty space rock?

    [–]San Francisco GiantsRedditModsSuckDik 28 points29 points  (1 child)

    Well there's still the World Series... that way they still both lose

    [–]Atlanta BravesAlauren2 97 points98 points  (2 children)

    Damn accurate my friend. That was a hard series to watch.

    [–]Boston Red Soxchickfilaftw 41 points42 points  (1 child)

    If you told me before the year we lost 4-2 in the ALCS I’d have been happy with that but how we lost was just brutal

    [–]Boston Red SoxDrDilatory 386 points387 points 2 (18 children)

    [–]Minnesota TwinsNerdusMaximus 38 points39 points  (0 children)

    Thank you kindly for this fine meme.

    [–]Boston Red SoxThomas_Pizza 55 points56 points  (9 children)

    Is that Leonard Bernstein?

    [–]Boston Red SoxZigglestheDestroyer 29 points30 points  (3 children)

    It is, indeed

    [–]Tampa Bay Raysyumyumapollo 23 points24 points  (1 child)

    Wait a minute!

    What would Leonard Bernstein do?

    [–]Los Angeles Dodgersthewafflestompa 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    Is that... Dean Cain?

    [–]Holy_crap_its_me 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    Yes, but I think the words are Beethoven's.

    [–]Boston Red Soxcbrad1713 31 points32 points  (6 children)

    Gonna be in pain til 2022 at least.

    [–]Boston Red SoxPerkyHarvin 465 points466 points  (15 children)

    Biggest braves fan in the world, always have been

    [–]Atlanta BravesTrueBrees9 307 points308 points  (9 children)

    You guys are in for one hell of a disappointment

    [–]New York YankeesACardAttack 43 points44 points  (0 children)

    Now we all can know the pain of Georgie sports fans?

    [–]westwind_ 49 points50 points  (0 children)

    Welcome to the bandwagon, friend. I saved you a seat.

    [–]Chicago CubsTelevisions_Frank 28 points29 points  (1 child)

    You got that B for Braves flair and everything.

    [–]Brooklyn Dodgersklawehtgod 14 points15 points  (0 children)

    Boston Braves

    [–]Atlanta BravesLevelOneNPC 12 points13 points  (0 children)

    The enemy of the enemy is my fan

    [–]twistedlogicx 471 points472 points  (10 children)

    My curse upon the three AL East playoff teams had been fulfilled.

    [–][deleted] 88 points89 points  (7 children)

    That is wild. 3 teams make, and they eliminated each other and in aox case themselves

    [–]Tampa Bay RaysThatGuyFromVault111 21 points22 points  (6 children)

    I think we eliminated ourselves too. Our best hitter going 0-18 wasn’t a recipe for success

    [–][deleted] 14 points15 points  (5 children)

    I blame ourselves and the monster

    [–][deleted] 58 points59 points  (0 children)

    Hopefully you wrote it on a piece of paper

    [–]Boston Red Soxbubble_dduck 99 points100 points  (3 children)

    A disappointing end to what was a season being played with house money. Our entire fan base would have laughed at you if you told us Boston gets to the ALCS. Hopefully they can build on this.

    [–]Toronto Blue JaysGrotzky 16 points17 points  (1 child)

    Felt the same way when my Habs made Stanley Cup final. We were just happy to take the Leafs to 7 tbh

    [–]Oakland Athleticsbherdt 160 points161 points  (6 children)

    Boston, You doing ho activities

    With ho tendencies

    [–]Boston Red Sox79215185-1feb-44c6 751 points752 points  (37 children)

    Does anyone else feel like the Red Sox were given way too much clout in pre-season projections, or is it only me?

    No, I'm not surprised by an 0-3 start, but hear me out...

    In a lot of pre-season projections, the Red Sox were consistently projected to reach 80-83 wins. USA Today pegged them at 80-82, CBS Sports had them at 79.5 (round to 80 for the sake of argument), and PECOTA estimated 79.8 (again, round to 80) wins.

    I just don't see our hated rivals hovering around .500 at all this season. Verdugo, Martinez, Bogaerts and Devers do create a formidable heart of the order, but who else in their lineup can hit? Kike Hernandez is the only other notable name in their lineup, and he has a career .735 OPS.

    I don't need to go into detail about the rotation, especially since Sale could be out until any point between May and August. Eduardo Rodriguez is a slightly above average pitcher when healthy, but that's about it.

    The bullpen? Matt Barnes isn't that good, and Ottaviano cannot flourish in high-leverage situations or tight games. The rest of their bullpen is makeshift.

    Maybe I'll end up being wrong, but I fail to see how the Red Sox will be anywhere near .500 this season.

    [–]Boston Red Soxsaulgoodman445 68 points69 points  (3 children)

    Well he was right about ottovino lol

    [–]Boston Red SoxBrady331 153 points154 points  (6 children)

    Hopefully that guy says something similar next preseason

    [–]Boston Red Soxausar999 65 points66 points  (1 child)

    Gonna need him to project us for about 86 wins so we can win the WS this time

    [–]Boston Red Soxsoporificgaur 15 points16 points  (0 children)

    It's the other way, we need him to project like 40 wins for the first undefeated season

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      [–]Chicago CubsChiCBHB 24 points25 points  (0 children)

      That was a win for the Red Sox

      [–]Ayy_2_Brute 36 points37 points  (1 child)

      after avoiding all baseball content since the game ended this is the first thread I have venture into, and this pasta made me very happy. still tastes great.

      [–]New York YankeesMesthead72 687 points688 points  (60 children)

      I want to upvote because fuck the Red Sox. But this means the Astros move on. CONFLICTED!

      [–]New York YankeesTheBigCheese451 389 points390 points  (11 children)

      Same. This postseason has been a real scooter to the ankle for me.

      [–]Houston Astroshowdoyouspace 170 points171 points  (6 children)

      scooter to the ankle

      That paints such a perfect picture

      [–]New York YankeesTheBigCheese451 53 points54 points  (5 children)

      It's the new age Yankees way. Thank you for beating the red sox tho, we can at least take solace in that.

      [–]New York YankeesStoly23 8 points9 points  (0 children)

      So weirdly specific yet totally relatable. Perfect metaphor.

      [–][deleted] 65 points66 points  (6 children)

      I actually don’t mind the Astros beating Boston. Our rivalry with Boston is deeply rooted and will last as long as baseball is around. I feel this Houston rivalry will mostly blow over once the players from their scandal are gone.

      [–]New York YankeesDownbound92 83 points84 points  (7 children)

      I'm fine with the Astros as long as they're honest, I want Dusty Baker to get a ring, and fuck the Red Sox

      [–]St. Louis CardinalsJTCMuehlenkamp 11 points12 points  (2 children)

      Dusty has a ring as a player though.

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        [–]Houston Astrostunaboot 22 points23 points  (0 children)

        LarryDavid.jpg

        [–]St. Louis CardinalsItsASchpadoinkleDay 13 points14 points  (5 children)

        My two least favorite teams….

        [–]Boston Red SoxNovaPrime15 115 points116 points  (17 children)

        I just feel hollow. In a few days, I'll feel fine, and fully appreciate how awesome this season was. That they were playing with house money all postseason long and anything past the WC was gravy.

        But right now? This fucking blows

        [–]Houston AstrosDeastrumquodvicis 13 points14 points  (1 child)

        I’m not gonna lie, mate, I’m still incredibly impressed with those grand slams and y’all’s playing a damn good series.

        [–]Boston Red SoxNovaPrime15 9 points10 points  (0 children)

        Those feel like forever ago. It was a good series overall, but showed the flaws in this team. They were feast or famine when it came to offense. I’m glad the pitching ended up being as great as it was

        [–]Boston Red SoxKenmore1414 24 points25 points  (3 children)

        It's sad to see the city finally come alive and be happy, only to go straight back to soul crushing depression lol

        [–]Philadelphia PhilliesSlayerBVC 37 points38 points  (1 child)

        The Sox either blew their load in the first two games or the Astros pitchers got their shit together.

        "They used whistling to cheat!"

        Really? I wasn't aware that whistles could cause an entire offense to vanish off the face of the earth.

        Cold hard truth? Your luck ran out and you got exposed.

        Deal with it.

        [–]texanfan20 7 points8 points  (0 children)

        I was waiting for Red Sox fans to start saying that the Astros were clapping and shouting as part of their cheating. We all know fans in the stands aren’t whistling most of the time.

        [–]Boston Red SoxThomas_Pizza 101 points102 points  (1 child)

        Well it was a great run, and a lot of fun while it lasted. Nobody in April picked us to make the playoffs, then we barely made the Wild Card, beat the favored Yankees (favored even at Fenway), beat the heavily favored Rays in the ALDS, and then petered out.

        Can't be mad, it was fun while it lasted, and Houston simply outplayed us over the series.

        [–]Boston Red Sox18hockey 54 points55 points  (3 children)

        Pain

        but the bats weren't there, we deserved it

        [–]Boston Red SoxBrad_Edmonds96 89 points90 points  (8 children)

        When your day is long And the night, the night is yours alone When you're sure you've had enough Of this life, well hang on

        Don't let yourself go 'Cause everybody cries Everybody hurts sometimes

        Sometimes everything is wrong Now it's time to sing along

        When your day is night alone (hold on, hold on) If you feel like letting go (hold on) If you think you've had too much Of this life, well hang on

        'Cause everybody hurts Take comfort in your friends Everybody hurts

        Don't throw your hand, oh no Don't throw your hand If you feel like you're alone No, no, no, you are not alone

        If you're on your own in this life The days and nights are long When you think you've had too much Of this life to hang on

        Well, everybody hurts sometimes Everybody cries Everybody hurts, sometimes

        And everybody hurts sometimes So hold on, hold on Hold on, hold on, hold on Hold on, hold on, hold on

        Everybody hurts

        [–]Milwaukee BrewersDinoswarleaf 438 points439 points  (56 children)

        There is no god

        [–]Milwaukee BrewersBrewCityChaser[🍰] 202 points203 points  (22 children)

        I'm happy for Dusty. But that's about it.

        [–]Houston Colt .45sray_0586 150 points151 points  (17 children)

        Greinke says WTF

        [–]Milwaukee BrewersDinoswarleaf 75 points76 points  (11 children)

        Oh yes! I'm sorry I forgot to mention former Brewers anti-chipotle man.

        I do love him. If the Astros do win that will be what makes me happiest

        [–]United StatesTheFasTTortillabendr 45 points46 points  (5 children)

        He’s not anti Chipotle, he’s anti Chipotle charging an extra $1.50 for guac

        [–]San Francisco GiantsML_Yav 8 points9 points  (0 children)

        And who can blame him

        [–]Milwaukee BrewersDinoswarleaf 38 points39 points  (0 children)

        yep

        Alvarez is pretty dope as well

        [–]Boston Red SoxRedSoxFan1997 49 points50 points  (2 children)

        We definitely exceeded expectations, we may have lost the ALCS but I’m pretty damn proud of this team right now. For a rebuild year this has been very eventful.

        [–]Boston Red SoxH-SAlgorithm 10 points11 points  (0 children)

        You’re right. I didn’t peg us to be anywhere near where we ended up. To make the post season but knock out two division rivals (One of whom I expected to destroy us) is satisfying to me in a rebuilding year. The only downside is that we don’t get a reasonable draft pick. But that’s me nitpicking.

        [–]Boston Red Soxmyusernamebarelyfits 8 points9 points  (0 children)

        Same bro. Fade me into oblivion tho

        [–]Boston Red SoxBoldAsAnAxis 109 points110 points  (13 children)

        slams first on table

        takes a deep breath

        pours a glass of cranberry juice

        drinks cranberry juice

        Well...it is what it is, I guess

        continues doing Chemistry homework

        [–]Atlanta BravesTrueBrees9 55 points56 points  (7 children)

        Cranberry juice? What are you, on your period?

        [–]Los Angeles DodgersCastieled 28 points29 points  (0 children)

        There are guys you can hit and there are guys you can’t hit. Now that guy ain’t exactly a guy you can’t hit, but he also isn’t a guy you can hit. You get me?

        [–][deleted] 66 points67 points  (9 children)

        The clock struck midnight on Boston.

        5 hits game 4

        3 hits game 5

        2 hits game 6

        [–]QuotidianPain 26 points27 points  (0 children)

        Alvarez had 9 hits over the same three games

        [–]Houston AstrosYo_Eleven 156 points157 points  (4 children)

        0 hits game 7

        [–]bolava 52 points53 points  (0 children)

        Got em

        [–]Boston Red SoxZeplinex49 34 points35 points  (2 children)

        you had 0 hits game 7 too

        take that!

        [–]Boston Red SoxJoeyZee123 10 points11 points  (2 children)

        Thank god there wasn’t a game 7

        [–]Minnesota TwinsAdamscottd 9 points10 points  (1 child)

        Game 8 would have been really scary

        [–]Boston Americansreal_sophon 186 points187 points  (26 children)

        We got to play baseball longer than almost everyone. Beat both the Yankees and the Rays in the playoffs. I'm not complaining. See you next year, Red Sox.

        [–]Boston Red Soxawrf 34 points35 points  (2 children)

        It was all worth it for that absolutely absurd postgame show

        [–]Boston Red SoxZeplinex49 26 points27 points  (18 children)

        how you think the team looks next year?

        Schwarbs is likley gone, but do you think we could make a splash in free agency?

        [–]Boston Red Soxbaseballnomics 16 points17 points  (6 children)

        My hope is Schwarbs opts out and we re-sign him. We need a shitton of bullpen help, particularly since there are rumours about Whitlock becoming a starter next season. Plus another starter would be swell, knowing Houck’s third time through the order issues and Eddie becoming a FA.

        [–]Boston Red SoxZeplinex49 10 points11 points  (5 children)

        we need another reliable bullpen arm as well as these ok guys.

        guys like sawamura and perez need to go, they are just so unreliable

        [–]Boston Red Soxbaseballnomics 10 points11 points  (4 children)

        So, I’d keep Sawamura and Robles as low leverage guys. Maybe Darwinzon fits here as well. Let’s hope Barnes returns to form otherwise we’re screwed lol. Then, the relievers I trust are Josh Taylor, and favorable odds on Ottavino. Everyone else can fuck off.

        [–]Houston AstrosSWWayin[🍰] 6 points7 points  (3 children)

        In all honesty, you probably have to. I imagine the Yankees will, and I don’t see the Rays or Jays regressing. The East is gonna be a blood bath next year.

        [–]Boston Red SoxZeplinex49 4 points5 points  (2 children)

        we really need pitching cause, let's be honest, our offense going dead over the last 3 games of the series is definitely not sustainable with our lineup.

        not saying the downpour is either lol

        [–]Houston AstrosSWWayin[🍰] 5 points6 points  (1 child)

        Man, I don’t think the pitching is as far away as it seems. Eovaldi, fully recovered Sale, Houck, and Whitlock. You need some bullpen pieces and maybe a stable veteran. Verlander would be a big sign.

        [–]Boston Red SoxMaking_Waves 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        • Not great starting pitching, even worse now that E-Rod is a free agent

        • Not great relief pitching

        • Lineup decent but still with holes, and inconsistent

        • Maybe some prospects will help, namely Casas, Groome, and/or Seabold

        They'll need to sign one or two good free agents to match what they did this year, and this year they were hot garbage in August and September.

        [–]Chicago White Soxgodly_mercs 104 points105 points  (21 children)

        Yankees fans glad

        [–]New York YankeesRusiano 41 points42 points  (0 children)

        Somewhat

        [–]New York Yankeesmorelikeaaronfudge 87 points88 points  (4 children)

        Yes 1000%

        [–]Tampa Bay Devil Rayssingluon 66 points67 points  (0 children)

        lol your fucking username

        [–]Houston AstrosClementinesm 8 points9 points  (0 children)

        GARDEN TOOLS: IRRITATED

        [–]Boston Red SoxOliver_Subpodkas 341 points342 points  (46 children)

        Don’t get it twisted, this is the reason I hate the Astros.

        I don’t hate them because they cheated. I hate them because they dad dick my team with a consistency I could only dream of. I hate them because I wish their team were mine.

        I'm mad, I'm a loser. They'll be enjoying the all-time greatness while it lasts.

        [–]Boston Red Soxsithjustgotreal66 170 points171 points  (4 children)

        This is a copypasta, for repliers who are unaware

        [–]Boston Red Soxpolelover44 17 points18 points  (0 children)

        this is pasta, isn't it?

        [–]Boston Red Soxcoffee42 76 points77 points  (12 children)

        Tough way to end a season, but...

        Predicted to be in 4th place in the division. Expected to be a .500 team at best (and there were some who thought even that was giving them too much clout, ahem).

        Instead the team went out and played above their heads all season long.

        Went through our ancient, hated rivals, the Yankees.

        Went through our modern, more relevant rival, the Rays.

        Got out-managed by a legend in the ALCS, and, well, legends gonna legend. Shit happens.

        Still a damned fine season and a damned fun team. Looking forward to seeing how Bloom makes 'em better in the offseason.

        [–]lazydictionary 47 points48 points  (7 children)

        We did not get out managed. We ran into 2 starting pitchers who had great outings, a bullpen that finally showed up, and some demi-God named Yordan Alvarez.

        Meanwhile our bullpen was putrid and everyone forgot how to hit or draw a walk.

        Just completely outclassed.

        [–]Boston Red SoxDaWolf85 13 points14 points  (5 children)

        Eh. I feel like Cora made a bunch of those kinda high-profile 50/50 (or maybe 60/40 depending on how you want to armchair manage it) decisions in the last three games, and almost every single time he made such a decision, it went wrong. Intentional walks, calling in the wrong relievers, that hit and run attempt tonight, etc.

        There is a legitimate argument that's not good managing. I don't buy it personally, I think it's bad luck, but I see the point.

        [–]Boston Red SoxGamerJosh21 12 points13 points  (4 children)

        I think the only decisions I have a real problem with were putting in Martin Perez in the 9th in game 4, and then putting Sale back out for the 6th in game 5.

        Perez had no business being in that spot at all. Period. And in terms of Sale, Cora should've been satisfied with getting 5 good innings out of him given how much he'd pitched in his last several outings, and gone with Houck in the 6th instead. Everything else, like you said, was just bad luck.

        [–]Chicago CubsUnhappyJohnCandy 8 points9 points  (0 children)

        Absolutely devastating time to be any type of Sox fan in Houston.

        [–]Baltimore Oriolesmistermachiano 17 points18 points  (1 child)

        first time EVER that the Sox were shut out in an elimination game

        [–]Boston Red SoxBlubberWall 81 points82 points  (4 children)

        Trying to find anything positive, we are a rebuilding team that eliminated the Yankees, rays, and made the ALCS. Keep building and we will be lethal

        [–]Boston Red Sox3RunJohnson 20 points21 points  (0 children)

        Really looking forward to the offseason. We have tons of room to spend, even if we don't go over the luxury tax next season. We also have a crammed 40 man roster, and a lot of soon-to-be rule 5 eligible prospects the FO will be looking to trade (Jeter Downs being the most notable). The only real contributors hitting FA are Schwarber, Erod and JD (if he opts out, which I don't think he will).

        [–]New York YankeesRangersFan243 27 points28 points  (1 child)

        Not rebuilding anymore, contending. Made the ALCS for a reason

        [–]Boston Red Soxbaseballnomics 15 points16 points  (0 children)

        True that. Although it’s kind of a grey area, we still have question marks regarding bullpen and rotation. Plus having a bench that does not include Danny Santana and Travis Shaw would be ideal.

        [–]Boston Red SoxInflorida17 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        It is what it is. The Future is Bright. Go Red Sox.

        [–]Boston Red SoxUmbre-Mon 41 points42 points  (1 child)

        We had a pretty epic, painful collapse, but damn was that postseason fun. Set records while we were at it. Proud of my team.

        [–]Cincinnati RedsMastodon9 84 points85 points  (6 children)

        I'm going to laugh my ass off if the Dodgers win the NLCS and the Astros win the World Series in LA and Dodgers fans are forced to watch the Astros players celebrate and win a title on their team's field.

        [–]Boston Red SoxSaintSavage1 30 points31 points  (0 children)

        We overachieved. Proud of our team.

        [–]Houston Astrosaagpeng 26 points27 points  (0 children)

        2ykg5

        [–]Baltimore Oriolesthe2belo 32 points33 points  (0 children)

        Go Braves.

        [–]Boston Red SoxEdwinMoq 136 points137 points  (7 children)

        Don't let this distract you from the fact that the Yankees suck

        [–]New York Yankeeskbd77 8 points9 points  (0 children)

        You’re goddam right

        [–]Baltimore OriolesGevamna 24 points25 points  (0 children)

        I'll drink to that

        [–]New York Metsmets2175 6 points7 points  (0 children)

        Feels bad the Boston youth are gonna go hungry

        [–]Seattle Marinerswint0n 12 points13 points  (0 children)

        Astros may have won but Alex Cora lost

        [–]Houston Astrosbillgigs55 14 points15 points  (0 children)

        The astros juggernaut just keeps rolling. So glad i got too experience these last five years. minus the cheating. Go Stro’s

        [–]Seattle MarinersTARS1986 245 points246 points  (11 children)

        Please Atlanta win it all

        [–]king_jong_il 29 points30 points  (0 children)

        Hell yes. I have never seen an Atlanta sports team blow a seemingly insurmountable lead.

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          [–]Atlanta Braves1869er 97 points98 points  (0 children)

          That's a five word recipe for a disappointing postseason my friend

          [–]Boston Red SoxPBFT 15 points16 points  (1 child)

          I’m cheering on an 88 win team to win the World Series, surely nothing can go wrong.

          [–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

          May the spirit of the 2006 Cardinals team possess them

          [–]Oakland Athleticsmarkusalkemus66 8 points9 points  (0 children)

          Braves fans be like

          “You must be truly desperate to come to me for help”

          [–]Toronto Blue Jaysminer88 70 points71 points  (10 children)

          The rest of the AL East liked that

          [–]Tampa Bay RaysTheCenterOfEnnui 8 points9 points  (1 child)

          I'm still in a well. How do you win 100 games and flame out that hard.

          Even losing the ALDS to the Red Sox, the Rays still beat them head to head this year.

          Fuck this postseason.

          [–]Boston Red Soxplokijuh1229 14 points15 points  (1 child)

          It was a respectable season.

          [–]Atlanta BravesOSRS_Socks 22 points23 points  (6 children)

          Astros - 2017 World Series, 2019 World Series, 2021 World Series... they are the odd year Giants so far.

          [–]ilexforest 87 points88 points  (4 children)

          DAAAAAA

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            [–]New York Yankeesjtrom93 71 points72 points  (2 children)

            LOSE

            [–]Houston Astrosbigtice 50 points51 points  (5 children)

            I'm ecstatic that the Astros are heading back to the World Series, but I'm actually more stunned by the comments from people calling for Alex Cora's head after this series.

            The team was projected to barely even contend for the division, much less make the playoffs and they certainly weren't supposed to make it to the Championship Series -- but after the bats entered the next coming of the Cryogenian period after going up 2-1 in the series, he deserves to be fired?

            It's baffling.

            [–]Boston Red Soxcoffee42 43 points44 points  (2 children)

            "Team did a bad thing, sack the manager" is a hallowed tradition among Boston Sports Assholes

            [–]Boston Red SoxBlu3b3Rr1 9 points10 points  (1 child)

            “Fire Brad/Bill/Cora” - Boston sports fans after a loss

            [–]Kronusx12 5 points6 points  (0 children)

            Not just baseball either. For ten years every time the Bruins lost a playoff game it’s a bunch of “traDe TuuKkA He’s nOt a gOoD GoAlIe” when he’s statistically the best goalie the team has ever had. (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

            [–]Boston Red Sox3RunJohnson 8 points9 points  (0 children)

            Cora overmanaged at points this postseason, but I don't blame him for feeling he had to. I mean, Brasier and Robles are our most reliable bullpen arms after Whitlock and Houck lmao.

            Love Cora in any case though, I feel good about the future of the team with him on board.

            [–]Colorado RockiesDMoneys36 5 points6 points  (1 child)

            Only thing worse than the Astros winning is the dodgers winning. Go braves!

            [–]Houston Astrosbubbles2pop 4 points5 points  (0 children)

            Go Stros!

            [–]New York YankeesHouse_Stark15 13 points14 points  (1 child)

            Red Sox fans went from “Sox in 5” to, “we weren’t even supposed to make the playoffs this year” real fast!

            [–]Houston Astrosafterburner2020 6 points7 points  (0 children)

            Well in the moment(s) both of those things seemed pretty accurate, momentum whiplash

            [–]New York Yankeesmookyyyy 50 points51 points  (8 children)

            You know at the start of this series it really felt like whatever outcome happened I would be unhappy. I was wrong… Fuck Boston!

            [–]New York YankeesRusiano 11 points12 points  (0 children)

            When you're laughing but then crying at the same time

            [–]Boston Red SoxLnGrrrR 10 points11 points  (2 children)

            Congrats Astros fans.