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Astros Know Series Isn't Over Despite 2-0 Lead

No signs of complacency following Saturday's 3-1 game two win

October 06, 2018 - 8:56 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- After the Astros grabbed a 2-0 American League Division Series lead with a 3-1 game two win Saturday at Minute Maid Park, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor summed things up for his team about as simply as you can.

"They gotta win three games," he said. "So do we, we just gotta win three in a row. It's possible to win three in a row, we just gotta take it one game at a time."

The Indians know its far from impossible to rally from 2-0 down to win the Division Series because they saw it happen just last season. The New York Yankees lost games one and two in Cleveland before winning three in a row to eliminate Cleveland, and the Astros know finishing off the tribe in game three Monday won't be easy.

"That's a great team over there," Astros centerfielder George Springer said. "They're going to be ready to play after the off day, and we'll see what happens."

"I think it's important that we keep our foot on the gas," Astros third baseman Alex Bregman said. "Show up and compete from pitch one and try to win the next pitch. You can't look forward. You can't try and do anything different but go up there and play baseball. As far as we're all concerned, we want to win on Monday, and all that matters is the pitch one, and then after pitch one has been thrown, pitch two."

The Astros were up 2-0 against Boston and New York in last year's postseason only to lose game three, as well as the two games after against the Yankees. The team has never swept a playoff series, but Astros leftfielder Marwin Gonzalez says it will be important for his team to carry the same approach that got them the 2-0 series into Monday's close-out game.

"We go in with the same mindset," he said. "We're going game by game. And every game is huge. We're going to try to finish it on Monday. That's the mentality that everybody has in the clubhouse, and like everything will be the same way."

Both teams are off Sunday before taking the field in Cleveland for game three Monday afternoon in what will be a do-or-die game for the Indians.

"I'm guessing that Houston will enjoy their off-day more than we will," Indians manager Terry Francocna said. "Other than that, show up on Monday and play for our baseball life. Nobody wants to go home. So try to keep this thing going."