The top of the Astros lineup hit .440/.509/.800 in the series. The first three hitters in the Red Sox lineup hit .180/.226/.320.
Over the next three games of the series, Altuve kept hitting and Springer went 7-for-13 with four runs scored and two RBIs. And though he wasn’t part of the 1-2-3 combo, Carlos Correa settled into the cleanup spot nicely after his 0-for-4 in Game 1. He had six RBIs in the next three games.
Then there were some of the forgotten hitters in the Astros lineup. Josh Reddick and Alex Bregman were a combined 7-for-18 within those first three slots. That included Bregman’s tone-setting home run against Chris Sale in Game 1 (he'd hit the tying homer in Game 4 too), as well as Reddick’s two hits and an RBI in Game 4.
The Red Sox 1-2-3 struggled to lift the ball against Astros pitching. They managed only four line drives in the four games. The Astros defense was also well positioned, turning 19 of 24 ground balls into outs (79 percent).