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MLB Roundup 10/18: Yankees feast on Astros bullpen; Dodgers take 3-0 lead

The ALCS is all knotted up while the NLCS looks over.

League Championship Series - Houston Astros v New York Yankees - Game Four Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Yankees comeback to win Game Four, tie ALCS

The Astros were in control of Game Four of the ALCS for a good chunk of the game before everything changed. It started as a pitcher’s duel before Houston finally got to Sonny Gray and the Yankees bullpen. They eventually jumped out to a 4-0 lead, and it looked like smooth sailing to a 3-1 series lead. That didn’t happen. New York scored two in the seventh to cut the lead in half before a six-run eighth that gave them a two-run lead they’d hold for the rest of the game. Houston still has an advantage in this series with two home games left and Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander still having turns left. Still, this series looked like it could be so much easier. Don’t blow this, Astros.

Dodgers just keep dominating

While the American League is getting really exciting, the Dodgers are simply taking care of business and marching towards the World Series. On Tuesday, it looked like it could be a rough day for Yu Darvish and the Dodgers, but Darvish escaped the first only allowing one run and it was all downhill from there for the Cubs. As most of us are rooting against Joe Maddon and the Cubs, this is good news for Red Sox fans.

Rangers to decline Mike Napoli’s 2018 option

The playoffs are still going on, but there is still some marginal hot stove sneaking through the news cycle here and there. The Rangers declining Mike Napoli’s option isn’t exactly huge news, but it is pertinent to the Red Sox on a couple of fronts. For one, he is an old friend who won a World Series in Boston, so a part of us will always be interested in his career. Additionally, first base is one of the positions we can expect the Red Sox to address this winter. Now, I would certainly expect/hope they go bigger than someone like Napoli, but as a Plan G or something like that Napoli could be on the radar.

Rockies interested in bringing back Jonathan Lucroy

This is another bit of news that I’m not entirely sure relates to the Red Sox, but it’s something to think about at least. First, the basics. The Rockies, who traded for Jonathan Lucroy midway through 2017, is interested in bringing the catcher back this coming offseason in free agency. This feeling is, apparently, mutual. The Red Sox may or may not be looking for a catcher this winter, and if they wanted to go on the higher end with some upside, Lucroy would be a strong choice. Granted, I think Christian Vazquez showed enough to be a starting catcher and, if anything, the Red Sox will be looking for a backup. Still, we don’t know their internal evaluations and it’s possible they aren’t entirely sold on Vazquez as an everyday bat.