The definition of a mismatch in the American League is a series between the Detroit Tigers and the Houston Astros. It is a showdown between a legit World Series contender loaded up and down the roster and a team that sometimes struggles to field what can fairly be called a major league lineup.
It’s not that simple, though. The beauty of baseball’s long season is that a play here, a big swing there, or a clutch play in a key moment can lead the lowliest of teams to victory over the giants of the league on a given night. If one needs to identify an example of such a quality play, look no further than this stab by Astros second baseman Jose Altuve to rob Miguel Cabrera of a hit.
Having attempted to wax philosophical here about the Astros’ chances, I should note that the Tigers met little resistance on their way to a 2-0 victory. Oh well.