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Dallas Keuchel calls outcome of ALCS a ‘coin flip’

Dallas Keuchel believes that the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox are so evenly matched that the outcome of the ALCS might as well be viewed as nothing more than a toss-up.

“It’s a coin flip from here on out,” Keuchel said after Tuesday’s Game 3 loss, via Houston’s KHOU-11. “From Game 1, it was a coin-flip. It’s two 100-win teams. You expect some fireworks every so often. You can’t really hold down a potent offense for too long, so I expect us to be back in the thick of things tomorrow.”

The Astros find themselves down 2-1 in the series to the Red Sox following to an 8-2 thumping at Minute Maid Park. Keuchel did his part, surrendering two runs in the first but otherwise shutting down the Red Sox while lasting five innings. An eighth-inning grand slam from Red Sox slugger Jackie Bradley Jr. ultimately put the game out of reach.

There are obviously countless examples of teams coming back from a 2-1 series deficits in MLB postseason history. So there’s no panic on behalf of the Astros, an even-keeled approach that was highlighted by Alex Bregman.

“This team does a good job worrying about the next pitch,” Bregman said. “That’s really what baseball’s all about: Worry about the next pitch — that’s the most important pitch. The first pitch of the game tomorrow, that’s the most important pitch of our season. When that one’s over, we move on to the second. Baseball’s a game that’s based on failure, so you have to have a short memory. The guys in this clubhouse do a good job of understanding that.”

The series between the Astros and Red Sox of course now has been marred and blown completely off the rails thanks to a sign-stealing scandal. The onus will be on the players from both teams to set those distractions aside and hopefully allow the action on the field to determine the outcome.

And as Keuchel sees it, this series if far from over. Odds are the Astros ace is spot-on in his “coin flip” assessment.

Game 4 comes Wednesday night, again from Minute Maid Park.