As the Houston Astros prepare to take on the Kansas City Royals in game three of the American League Divisional Series, the upstart home team is hoping a little Colby Jack will remain on the menu for the series.
By Colby Jack, we are referring to the three post-season home runs already hit by Houston outfielder Colby Rasmus so far as the Astros hope to advance to the American League Championship Series against the winner of the Toronto Blue Jays-Texas Rangers tilt.
Rasmus launched his first homer against New York Yankee starter Masahiro Tanaka on the first pitch he saw in the Wild Card play-in game last Tuesday night. The second-inning homer gave the Astros all the runs they would need to knock the Yankees out of the post season. Houston starter Dallas Keuchel held the home-team Yankees to 3 hits over six innings, and the ‘Stros bullpen finished the night by not allowing a run to seal the win and send the Astros to their first appearance in an Divisional Series since joining the American League in 2013.
The game marked the first post season appearance of any kind for the Astros since their World Series loss to the Chicago White Sox in 2005 while in the National League.
The left-hand hitting Rasmus added an insurance run in the first game of the series against the Royals, again on the first pitch he saw in the eighth inning, as the Astros won 5-2 and took a 1-0 lead in the Divisional Series.