2019 American League Division Series

The 2019 American League Division Series were two best-of-five-games series in Major League Baseball (MLB) to determine the participating teams of the 2019 American League Championship Series. The three divisional winners, seeded first through third, and a fourth team—determined by the AL Wild Card Game—played in two series. These matchups were:

2019 American League Division Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Houston Astros (3) A. J. Hinch 107–55 (.660), GA: 10
Tampa Bay Rays (2) Kevin Cash 96–66 (.593), GB: 7
DatesOctober 4–10
MLB Network (Game 3)
TV announcersKenny Albert, Joe Girardi, A. J. Pierzynski and Jon Paul Morosi (FS1)
Bob Costas, Joe Girardi, Jim Kaat and Tom Verducci (MLBN)
Radio announcersDave Flemming and Jim Bowden
UmpiresBruce Dreckman, James Hoye, Jerry Meals, D. J. Reyburn, John Tumpane, Mark Wegner (crew chief)
Team (Wins) Manager Season
New York Yankees (3) Aaron Boone 103–59 (.636), GA: 7
Minnesota Twins (0) Rocco Baldelli 101–61 (.623), GA: 8
DatesOctober 4–7
TelevisionMLB Network (Game 1)
TV announcersBob Costas, John Smoltz and Tom Verducci (MLBN)
Joe Davis, John Smoltz, Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci (FS1) (Game 2)
Joe Davis, John Smoltz and Ken Rosenthal (FS1) (Game 3)
Radio announcersDan Shulman and Chris Singleton
UmpiresLance Barksdale, Gary Cederstrom (crew chief), Eric Cooper, Manny Gonzalez, Adrian Johnson, Todd Tichenor
ALWCTampa Bay Rays defeated Oakland Athletics 5–1

The higher seeded team of each series hosted Games 1, 2, and (if necessary) 5, while the lower seeded team hosted Game 3 and (if necessary) 4.[1][2]

For the third straight year, Major League Baseball sold presenting sponsorships to all of its postseason series. This ALDS was sponsored by Doosan and officially known as the 2019 American League Division Series presented by Doosan.[3] The Yankees and Astros won their series to advance to the American League Championship Series.

The Astros defeated the Yankees in the ALCS, then lost the 2019 World Series to the National League champion Washington Nationals.


Seeds one through three were determined by regular season winning percentages among division-winning teams. Those seeds were locked in as of the completion of games of September 27.[4] The final seed was the winner of the American League Wild Card Game.

The top seed, the Houston Astros (winner of the American League West), had home advantage against the fifth-seeded Tampa Bay Rays, who defeated the Oakland Athletics in the Wild Card Game. In the regular season, Tampa Bay won the season series against Houston 4–3, with three of their four wins coming at home to open the season.

The second seed, the New York Yankees (winner of the American League East), had home advantage against the third seed, the Minnesota Twins (winner of the American League Central). The Yankees won four of six games against the Twins in the regular season. In a three-game series in Minneapolis in July, the teams combined for 57 total runs and 20 home runs.[5]

The Yankees and Astros both appeared in the ALDS the prior season, while the Twins made their first ALDS appearance since 2010, and the Rays made their first ALDS appearance since 2013. Overall, this was the Yankees' 21st ALDS appearance, the Twins' seventh, the Rays' fifth, and the fourth for the Astros (who had seven NLDS appearances during their time in the National League). This was the second straight year the ALDS featured three 100-win teams.


Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Houston won the series, 3–2.

1October 4Tampa Bay Rays – 2, Houston Astros – 6Minute Maid Park3:2443,360[6] 
2October 5Tampa Bay Rays – 1, Houston Astros – 3Minute Maid Park3:4643,378[7] 
3October 7Houston Astros – 3, Tampa Bay Rays – 10Tropicana Field3:3732,251[8] 
4October 8Houston Astros – 1, Tampa Bay Rays – 4Tropicana Field3:4932,178[9] 
5October 10Tampa Bay Rays – 1, Houston Astros – 6Minute Maid Park3:1243,418[10]

New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins

New York won the series, 3–0.

1October 4Minnesota Twins – 4, New York Yankees – 10Yankee Stadium4:1549,233[11] 
2October 5Minnesota Twins – 2, New York Yankees – 8Yankee Stadium3:3449,277[12] 
3October 7New York Yankees – 5, Minnesota Twins – 1Target Field4:0241,121[13]

Houston vs. Tampa Bay

This was the first time that the Astros and Rays had met in the postseason.[14]

Game 1

José Altuve hit the only home run of Game 1
Friday, October 4, 2019 1:05 pm (CDT) at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, 73 °F (23 °C), roof closed
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WP: Justin Verlander (1–0)   LP: Tyler Glasnow (0–1)
Home runs:
TB: None
HOU: José Altuve (1)
Attendance: 43,360

Justin Verlander and Tyler Glasnow traded scoreless frames for the first four innings before José Altuve broke the tie with a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning. It was Altuve's fifth home run in an ALDS Game 1 in the last three seasons. He hit three in Game 1 of the 2017 ALDS and one in Game 1 of the 2018 ALDS. Two more runs would score in the inning on a dropped pop-up error on Rays' second baseman Brandon Lowe. Verlander would keep the Rays bats silent for the next two innings, striking out the side in the top of the seventh to put the finishing touches on seven innings of one-hit baseball with eight strikeouts. The Astros would tack on two more runs in the bottom of the seventh on back-to-back doubles by Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel. Ryan Pressly would relieve Verlander in the eighth but would surrender two runs on consecutive hits by Eric Sogard and Austin Meadows before Will Harris got Ji-man Choi to ground out to end the inning. Roberto Osuna pitched a perfect ninth inning to seal the Game 1 win for Houston.

Game 2

Gerrit Cole struck out 15 batters in Game 2.
Saturday, October 5, 2019 8:07 pm (CDT) at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, 73 °F (23 °C), roof closed
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WP: Gerrit Cole (1–0)   LP: Blake Snell (0–1)   Sv: Will Harris (1)
Home runs:
TB: None
HOU: Alex Bregman (1)
Attendance: 43,378

Gerrit Cole and Blake Snell, like Justin Verlander and Tyler Glasnow in Game 1, traded scoreless innings for the first three innings before Alex Bregman broke the tie with a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Cole kept the Rays bats silent for 723 innings and struck out 15 batters, the most in a postseason game since Roger Clemens in the 2000 ALCS.[15] Meanwhile, the Astros tacked on another run in the seventh inning on a bloop single from Martín Maldonado and then scored their final run on a Carlos Correa single. Roberto Osuna relieved Gerrit Cole with two outs in the eighth and retired Yandy Díaz. Osuna started the ninth inning and ran into trouble immediately. He gave up back to back singles to Austin Meadows and Tommy Pham to start the inning and walked Ji-man Choi to load the bases. Osuna got Avisaíl García to ground into a forceout that scored Meadows from third. He then walked Brandon Lowe to load the bases again and was subsequently relieved by Will Harris with one out in the ninth inning. Harris then retired Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Kiermaier to end the game and seal the Game 2 victory for Houston.

Game 3

Kevin Kiermaier hit a three-run home run in Game 3
Monday, October 7, 2019 1:05 pm (EDT) at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, 72 °F (22 °C), dome
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WP: Charlie Morton (1–0)   LP: Zack Greinke (0–1)
Home runs:
HOU: José Altuve (2)
TB: Kevin Kiermaier (1), Ji-man Choi (1), Brandon Lowe (1), Willy Adames (1)
Attendance: 32,251

Zack Greinke was given the ball to try and help the Astros sweep the Rays. Charlie Morton was his mound opponent. The Astros got to work early on Morton, with José Altuve hitting a solo homer to get the Astros on the board. Greinke retired the Rays in order to begin his outing, but in the second inning, it went sour for Greinke. He retired Ji-man Choi to start the second, allowed a single to Avisaíl García, got Brandon Lowe to ground out, hit Travis d'Arnaud with a pitch and Kevin Kiermaier hit a three-run home run that gave the Rays their first lead in the series. Morton settled into his outing after the first, throwing five innings of one-run baseball. Meanwhile, the Rays kept scoring runs, adding a run in the third inning with a Choi home run, and they broke the game in the 4th inning, getting a home run from Lowe, an Austin Meadows two-run double and a Tommy Pham single to put the Rays up 8–1 and chased Greinke from the game. The Astros would chip away at the deficit with a Yuli Gurriel two-run single that made it 8–3. That would end the scoring for the Astros. Meanwhile, the Rays added to their lead, with a Willy Adames solo home run and a d'Arnaud sacrifice fly to capped the scoring for the Rays. Colin Poche retired the Astros in order and allowed the Rays to play a Game 4.

Game 4

Game 2 starter Blake Snell earned a save in Game 4.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 7:07 pm (EDT) at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, 72 °F (22 °C), dome
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WP: Ryan Yarbrough (1–0)   LP: Justin Verlander (1–1)   Sv: Blake Snell (1)
Home runs:
HOU: Robinson Chirinos (1)
TB: Tommy Pham (1), Willy Adames (2)
Attendance: 32,178

The Rays struck first against Justin Verlander who was pitching on three days rest. Tommy Pham hit a home run with Travis d'Arnaud and Joey Wendle adding RBI base hits all in the first inning. Willy Adames added another solo shot off Verlander, ending his night in the fourth. Robinson Chirinos spoiled the Rays' shutout with a home run of his own. With the tying run at the plate in the top of the ninth and one out, Blake Snell struck out Yordan Alvarez and induced a ground ball out from Yuli Gurriel to force the decisive Game 5.

Game 5

Michael Brantley was 2-for-3, including a home run, in Game 5.
Thursday, October 10, 2019 6:07 pm (CDT) at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, 73 °F (23 °C), roof closed
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WP: Gerrit Cole (20)   LP: Tyler Glasnow (02)
Home runs:
TB: Eric Sogard (1)
HOU: Michael Brantley (1), José Altuve (3)
Attendance: 43,418

With the series tied at two games apiece, this was the second ALDS Game 5 for both teams; Tampa Bay lost their prior Game 5 appearance in 2010, and Houston lost their Game 5 appearance in 2015. Houston had only one NLDS Game 5 appearance when they competed in the National League, a win in 2004. The Astros struck early on an RBI single by Altuve, a two-run double by Bregman, and an RBI single by Yuli Gurriel in the span of five batters. Eric Sogard would lead off the next inning with a solo home run and would be the final time the Rays had an extra base hit in the game. Cole would pitch eight innings while striking out ten. It was his 11th consecutive game with 10+ strikeouts including the regular season. Michael Brantley and Jose Altuve went back-to-back in the bottom of the 8th inning to bring the lead to 6–1. Altuve's home run was the 11th in his postseason career, the most by any second baseman in baseball history. Roberto Osuna came on to close out the game in the ninth, striking out Ji-man Choi swinging to end the series. The 6–1 win sent Houston on to the ALCS to face the New York Yankees. The Astros became the first team since the 2011–13 Detroit Tigers to appear in the ALCS in three consecutive seasons.

Combined with his Game 2 start, Cole struck out 25 hitters during the series, setting a new Major League Division Series record.

New York vs. Minnesota

This was the sixth postseason match-up between Minnesota and New York. The previous five meetings were the 2003 ALDS, 2004 ALDS, 2009 ALDS, 2010 ALDS, and the 2017 AL Wild Card Game—with the Yankees winning each of those prior meetings. This was just the second time the ALDS featured a match-up of two 100-win teams, following the Boston Red Sox and Yankees meeting during the 2018 ALDS.

Game 1

Game 1 winning pitcher Tommy Kahnle
Friday, October 4, 2019 7:07 pm (EDT) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York, 58 °F (14 °C), cloudy
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WP: Tommy Kahnle (1–0)   LP: Zack Littell (0–1)
Home runs:
MIN: Jorge Polanco (1), Nelson Cruz (1), Miguel Sanó (1)
NYY: DJ LeMahieu (1), Brett Gardner (1)
Attendance: 49,233

This match-up featured two of the best home run hitting teams in major league baseball history. With 307 home runs by their hitters, the Twins set a new major league record for most home runs by a team in a season, narrowing beating out the Yankees, who hit 306 this season themselves.[16]

With their loss to the Yankees in Game 1, the Twins took sole possession of the record for the longest postseason losing streak in MLB history, at 14 games.[17]

Game 2

Didi Gregorius hit a grand slam in Game 2.
Saturday, October 5, 2019 5:07 pm (EDT) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York, 59 °F (15 °C), clear
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WP: Masahiro Tanaka (1–0)   LP: Randy Dobnak (0–1)
Home runs:
MIN: None
NYY: Didi Gregorius (1)
Attendance: 49,277

Randy Dobnak, making his postseason debut, allowed an opening double to DJ LeMahieu and a walk to Aaron Judge. He got Brett Gardner to fly out but gave up a single to Edwin Encarnación to give the Yankees a 1–0 lead. Things would go very wrong for the Twins in the bottom of the third, as Dobnak allowed a single to Judge, a walk to Gardner, a single to Encarnacion to load the bases and was relieved by Tyler Duffey. Giancarlo Stanton hit a sacrifice fly to give the Yankees a 2–0 lead. Duffey then gave a single to Gleyber Torres to make it 3–0 Yankees. Duffey proceeded to hit Gary Sánchez with a pitch to load the bases again and then gave up a grand slam to Didi Gregorius to blow the game open. Masahiro Tanaka went five innings and gave up one run. Jonathan Loáisiga gave up the second Twins run and struck out Miguel Sanó to end the game and send the Yankees to Minneapolis with a 2–0 series lead.

Game 3

Aroldis Chapman earned a save in Game 3, as the Yankees advanced.
Monday, October 7, 2019 7:40 pm (CDT) at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 62 °F (17 °C), clear
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WP: Chad Green (1–0)   LP: Jake Odorizzi (0–1)   Sv: Aroldis Chapman (1)
Home runs:
NYY: Gleyber Torres (1), Cameron Maybin (1)
MIN: Eddie Rosario (1)
Attendance: 41,121

Gleyber Torres opened the scoring with a solo home run to left in the second, followed by a Brett Gardner single in the next frame which drove in Gio Urshela. Didi Gregorius continued to haunt the Twins with another RBI single, making the score 3–0 in the seventh. Eddie Rosario homered off Zach Britton to pull the Twins within two, but the Yankees added two insurance runs in the ninth on a Cameron Maybin homer and Gregorius scoring Torres on another hit. Luis Severino labored through four scoreless innings, getting out of a bases loaded no out jam in the second, before giving way to the bullpen. Aroldis Chapman, who entered in the eighth, got the save. Chapman was aided by Gregorius leaping to catch a Jorge Polanco line drive for the second out of the ninth before Nelson Cruz struck out looking to end the series and send the Yankees to their 17th ALCS. The loss gave Minnesota its 16th straight postseason defeat, 13 of those in games against the Yankees; and their 28th straight year without winning the title.[18]

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