The second round of the playoffs was exciting to watch. The Yankees and Astros had a great series, while the Nationals showed their dominance against the Cardinals. The playoffs are always filled with top highlights and moments that you can only see once in a lifetime. The World Series stage is set as the Houston Astors will take on the Washington Nationals. Both teams have an excellent pitching rotation, and it will come down to who can swing the bat better. Now that the champion series is over, there were some memorable moments in the series. Let’s take a look at the top 5 second-round highlights of the MLB playoffs.
5.Torres Starts Series With A Bang
The Yankees and Astros had a great series and game 1 of the ALCS, the Yankees started it off with a bang. The Yankees defeated the Astros 7-0 in Houston to start the series. Yankee’s second baseman Gleyber Torres was the hero. Torres went 3-5 with 5 RBI and 1 homerun. Masahiro Tanaka put on an excellent pitching exhibition. Although the Yankees lost the series in 6 games, it was a great series.
4. Strasburg Does It Again
The Nationals and Cardinals series was a proven fact of how dominant the Nationals really are. It is adding to the fairy tale season the Nationals are having. Game 3 of the NLCS was an example of great pitching. Stephen Strasburg got the start in game 3, and he did not disappoint. He had 10 strikeouts in game 2 of the NLDS now in game 3 of the NLCS; he sat down 12 in seven innings pitched. The Nationals would go on to win that game 8-1 and would be one step closer to the World Series.
3. Correa Ties It Up
Game 2 of the ALCS was a back and forth exchange that ended up going into extra innings. The game would go into extra innings after George Springer tied it up with a home run in the 5th inning. Fast Foward to the bottom of the 11 innings, Carlos Correa, faced J.A Happ, and Correa crushed a walk-off home run to right field to end the game.
2. Nationals Advance!
The Washington Nationals would sweep the St. Louis Cardinals for the team first appeared in the world series. The Nationals did it in style as the Nationals scored seven runs in the first inning of Game 4 at home. The Nationals were not just swinging the bat really well, their pitching has been great all series. Game 4 was nothing short of that for the Nationals as Patrick Corbin strikes out 12 in five innings. Corbin also gave up four runs, but the pitching domination was on for the world to see. The Nationals would win that 7-4 and advance to their first world series.
1. Altuve Goes Yard
Game 6 of the ALCS was a needed win for the Yankees, and they played their hearts out, but in the end, the Astros just put the Yankees in tough positions. Game 6 started with the Astros striking first, and Yuli Gurriel smoked one to the left to give the Astros a 3-0 lead. The Yankees would eventually come back and tie the game up. Fast forward to the top of the ninth, Aroloids Chapman on the mound against Jose Altuve. Altuve crushes one to center to send the Astros to the World Series