Hey Royals fans, does this sound familiar?
The Astros held a 2-1 series lead against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series and had a four-run lead in Game 4 on Tuesday after a solid start by Lance McCullers. However, Houston’s bullpen imploded and the Yankees rallied for a 6-4 victory.
If you think that sounds like Game 4 of the 2015 American League Division Series against the Royals, you are not alone. McCullers also started that day and the Royals were down by four runs late before rallying for a 9-6 win.
The only thing missing this time was the ill-advised celebratory tweet from the Texas governor, but that was because Houston couldn’t have closed out the series on Tuesday.
Billy Witz of the New York Times wrote: “If Tuesday’s loss proves to be the Astros’ undoing in this series, it will be another Game 4 eighth-inning boogeyman they must confront. With a chance to close out a division series two years ago at home against the Kansas City Royals, the Astros unraveled, blowing a four-run lead in the eighth inning before eventually losing, 9-6. The Royals won Game 5 two days later and went on to win the World Series.
“The similarities on Tuesday were hard to miss.”
Astros fans certainly noticed.