For the second consecutive game, the Houston Astros’ usually prolific starting pitcher, this time Justin Verlander, was not up to his best. But once again, they found a way to win, relying on the long ball to do so. Verlander walked in a run in the bottom of the first, but it was he who soon had a lead when George Springer hit a three-run home run in the top of the third to make it 3-1 to the visitors at Yankee Stadium. Three innings later, with Verlander already departed, Carlos Correa made it 6-1 with his own three-run shot that gave them a commanding lead. Despite a two-run homer by Gary Sanchez in the bottom of the sixth, the Yankees never got all that close. Houston plated two more runs, one each in the eighth and ninth, to give themselves some breathing room as they headed to an 8-3 lead. Speaking of breathing room, they now own a 3-1 edge in the ALCS as a result. One win in the next three games will see them book their place in the World Series against the Washington Nationals. Game 5 of the series is set for Friday in New York.
For nearly the last season and a half, the Kansas City Chiefs have been the most explosive offense in the NFL. A large part of that has been due to the emergence of Pat Mahomes as a legitimate, bonafide star at quarterback. Even while playing hurt, as he has done for most if not all of this season, he’s been tremendous. Now, their whole team is in jeopardy after he went down with an injury to his kneecap on Thursday night against the Denver Broncos in a 30-6 win. Mahomes had led them back from an early 6-0 deficit to take a 10-6 lead, and they were driving when a quarterback sneak ended up with him getting hurt. Despite that, they continued to rally and were led by backup QB Matt Moore. He was solid under center, if not spectacular at times, throwing for over 100 yards and a TD on 10-17 passing. He helped them ease away from the Broncos to a 5-2 record on the season, all the while keeping them unbeaten on the road. The concern now will be on Mahomes, as he’s vital to their hopes of possibly winning the Super Bowl.