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VYPE rankings: Powers rising in playoffs

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Originally appeared on Vype.com.

Well, Week 1 of the playoffs went about as planned in the Houston-area, barring a few upsets. FB Bush was shocked by Katy Taylor 14-0, The Woodlands fell to Rockwall at home, Spring took an “L” to Klein 10-7 and Crosby lost a wild one to Port Neches-Groves 72-69.

So what shockers will happen in the Area-Round? There are tons of great games, so stay tuned to our predictions.



Team (Record)

1 Katy (9-0) Uhhhh Houston, Katy is a Problem
2 Klein Collins (10-0) Will be Tougher Against Stony Point
3 Cy-Fair (10-0) Dream Season; Favs for DII Region III
4 Westfield (10-0) No One Giving Love to ‘Stangs – Loaded
5 Ridge Point (9-1) Game of the Week vs Lamar
6 Lamar (8-1) Game of the Week vs Ridge Point
7 Atascocita (9-1) Eagles are Flying with Roe at Helm
8 Langham Creek (9-1) Will Roll Katy Taylor
9 Clear Springs (8-2) Will have Tough Game vs North Shore
10 North Shore (7-3) Peaking with Freshman QB
11 The Woodlands (7-3) Tough End Against Rockwall
12 Klein Oak (7-3) Snuck by Aldine Davis
13 Cypress Ranch (8-2) Can They Shock World vs Katy?
14 Dickinson (8-2) Gators are Athletic Enough Against Atascocita
15 Strake Jesuit (8-2) Cy-Fair will be Tough Challenge
16 FB Bush (7-2) Stubbed Toe Against Katy Taylor
17 Friendswood (8-3) Interesting Matchup vs Summer Creek
18 Clear Lake (8-3) Favored vs Kingwood
19 Summer Creek (7-3) Can High-Powered Offense Get by FWood
20 Klein (7-3) Defense Flexed vs Spring




Team (Record)

1 Manvel (10-0) Nederland is Next
2 Angleton (10-0) Boerne Champion will be a Challenge
3 FB Marshall (8-2) Too Talented for New Caney
4 New Caney (8-2) Can They Keep Up with Buffs?
5 Magnolia West (9-1) Up Against Power Program – Temple
6 Foster (7-3) Could Continue Playoff Push vs Dripping Springs
7 Crosby (8-2) Heartbreaker to PNG
8 Galveston Ball (6-4) Still in Postseason
9 Texas City (5-5) Tough Hill to Climb vs PNG
10 Waltrip (8-1) Kings of HISD

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Kyle Tucker had a big day at the plate on Sunday. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

After splitting the first two games of the series, with one team or the other putting on a solid offensive performance in each, the Astros tried to win their fourth series in their last five by taking the rubber game on Sunday against the Blue Jays. Thanks in part to a big day from Kyle Tucker, who played a significant role in the early offense they used to power to the win, they would accomplish their mission.

Final Score: Astros 7, Blue Jays 4

Astros' Record: 18-16, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Bryan Abreu (2-1)

Losing Pitcher: Nate Pearson (0-1)

Kyle Tucker helps lead the offense to seven unanswered runs

Houston did not go easy on Nate Pearson in his 2021 debut. After a scoreless first, the Astros loaded the bases on two walks and a single, then brought the first run of the day home on an RBI walk by Michael Brantley. Another walk opened the door in the bottom of the third, and Kyle Tucker capitalized with an RBI triple to make it 2-0, followed by an RBI single by Robel Garcia to make it a three-run lead, ending Pearson's day one out into the bottom of the third.

Things didn't get easier for Toronto's pitching in the next inning, as Jose Altuve would lead off the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer. A single and a walk then set up another big hit for Kyle Tucker, a three-run dinger to make it seven unanswered runs and giving Tucker four RBI on the day.

Blue Jays pound Greinke in the fifth

After four shutout innings to start his day on the mound, working around a few hits along the way, Zack Greinke tried to cash in on his team's offense to get another win on his record. He wouldn't be able to get it done, though, as Toronto would get after him in the top of the fifth. They would score four times amongst five batters that came to the plate, with a solo homer by Rowdy Tellez, a two-RBI double by Bo Bichette, and an RBI single by Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

That made it a 7-4 game, and with Greinke still not having recorded an out in the frame, Dusty Baker would lift him at 88 pitches in favor of Bryan Abreu, who would get a pop out and a double play to end the inning and keep the lead at three runs. Greinke's final line: 4.0 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 88 P.

Houston takes the series

No more runs would come on either side the rest of the way, with Kent Emanuel working around a single for a scoreless sixth, Ryne Stanek getting a 1-2-3 seventh, and Andre Scrubb doing the same in the eighth to set up Ryan Pressly for the save. Pressly would get the job done, sending the Blue Jays down in order, including two strikeouts to wrap up the win and giving Houston the series victory.

Up Next: The Astros will stay at home to continue this homestand, welcoming in the Angels for three games starting Monday at 7:10 PM Central. The opener will feature a pitching matchup of Alex Cobb (1-2, 5.48 ERA) for Los Angeles and Luis Garcia (0-3, 3.28 ERA) for Houston.

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