Houston Astros superfan Mattress Mack can’t lose, no matter who wins the World Series

INSTEAD OF A bank vault or a Brink’s truck, the betting slips from what could be the largest payout in sports gambling history are being guarded by nothing more than an old, tattered Houston Astros backpack. On a recent Tuesday afternoon in Houston, with the MLB playoffs about to begin, the faded blue nylon bag … Read more

After ALCS win, Astros in pursuit of perfection

10:57 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” NEW YORK — There’s a hardness to this Houston Astros team, one honed by years hearing every insult imaginable, existing as flypaper for vitriol, living a life of perpetual villainy. It’s something … Read more

2022 World Series – What Astros, Phillies need to do to win

The 2022 World Series matchup is set. Starting Friday, the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies will clash for the Commissioner’s Trophy in a meeting of one league’s favorite and the other league’s biggest underdog. Under MLB’s new playoff format, the Phillies entered as the sixth and final seed in the National League but advanced all … Read more

Astros sweep Yankees to reach 4th World Series in 6 years

NEW YORK — The Houston Astros made going to the World Series look easy. This is October, after all, the time of year when it’s easy to pencil in the Astros for making a deep postseason run — and 2022 marked their sixth straight trip to the American League Championship Series. And somehow, this year’s … Read more

MLB championship series Sunday – Highlights, scores, takeaways

The 2022 MLB playoffs are down to just four teams. After today, it could be down to two. Will the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros punch their tickets to the World Series? Or will the San Diego Padres and New York Yankees save their seasons? A potential double-elimination Sunday begins with Game 5 of the … Read more

MLB playoffs 2022 – Yankees’ Game 3 ALCS loss a new low

12:32 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” NEW YORK — The empty blue seats started to grow in numbers during the sixth inning, by which time it had become abundantly clear that the first two games of the American … Read more

Yankees’ bats fall silent as unbeaten Astros dominate Game 3

NEW YORK — The New York Yankees clubhouse went silent. During the regular season — win or loss — New York always played music over the speakers after games. But that pattern died Saturday after the Yankees lost 5-0 in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, putting them in a 3-0 deficit to … Read more

MLB Playoffs – How Yordan Alvarez drove the Astros to ALCS

7:30 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” At the beginning of the Houston Astros‘ 2019 spring training, Michael Brantley couldn’t believe what he was witnessing. Brantley is regarded as one of the purest professional hitters of his generation, a … Read more

Justin Verlander K’s 11 to lead Astros to win in ALCS opener

2:40 AM ET Marly RiveraESPN Writer Close Marly Rivera is a writer for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com. HOUSTON — The Astros quickly ran out of superlatives in describing Justin Verlander‘s performance in their 4-2 victory over the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday night. Echoes of “first-ballot Hall … Read more

Frankie Montas addition among Yankees’ ALCS roster tweaks

1:41 PM ET Marly RiveraESPN Writer Close Marly Rivera is a writer for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com. HOUSTON — The New York Yankees made several changes as they announced their 26-man roster for the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros. The No. 1-seeded Astros, on the other hand, made only one addition, with both … Read more