ALCS: 4 key takeaways from Game 1 between the Rays and Astros

Randy Arozarena of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning in game one of the American League Championship Series at PETCO Park on October 11, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Randy Arozarena of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning in game one of the American League Championship Series at PETCO Park on October 11, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros
Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning in game one of the American League Championship Series at PETCO Park on October 11, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

The ALCS was all about the home runs

Home runs have been a key theme in the 2020 postseason and it showed again.

The first run of the game was Jose Altuve’s solo shot in the first inning against Blake Snell.

Altuve hit a long 388-foot home run on a 2-1 fastball.

Later in the fourth, Arozarena hit a 413-foot home run to tie the game. Arozarena put together a great at-bat and got a 1-2 fastball on the outer half of the plate.

The only other run came from a Mike Zunino single that brought in Willy Adames in the fifth inning.

The Astros have many power batters in their lineup and I expect home runs to be a key part of their offense.

As far as the Rays, Arozarena has been the only home run hitter in the postseason so it will be interesting to see how their runs will be produced in the rest of the series.

The Rays offense has been a one-man show so far, so Arozarena might need to hit a home run every game.