With Carlos Correa struggling (until Wednesday night) and Altuve hobbled with a knee injury, A.J. Hinch opted to move Bregman up to the leadoff spot hoping to keep the Red Sox from pitching around him.
On Thursday night, the Red Sox beat the Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS to advance to the World Series.
Across Houston and the nation, people couldn't stop talking about the controversial call during Game 4 of the American Championship League Series.
And now they have a chance to win the World Series for what would be win No. 119.
While Verlander was on the mound in Game 5, Houston scored no runs.
During the regular season, Bradley, who is known for his spectacular plays in center field, hit.234 with 13 homers and 59 RBI.
Marwin Gonzalez scored Houston's only run of the game with a home run in the seventh inning.
Hopefully there's plenty of Saturday Night Fever on Tuesday night against the Brewers or the Dodgers because that'll mean the Sox are racking up extra-base hits and pushing a boatload of runs across the plate.
"Loving both teams, I can definitely say it was a home run and he did nothing wrong", said Brown. Kimbrel got two of those three outs on strikeouts.
Verlander had pitched 24 scoreless innings over his previous three starts with his team facing postseason elimination, and he came in 4-1 with a 1.21 ERA in five potential elimination games during his career. The 35-year-old entered the day 4-0 with a 1.15 ERA over his last four postseason starts in which his team faced elimination. A solo homer by J.D. Martinez in the third inning and a three-run shot by Rafael Devers in the sixth - the former on a 1-2 curveball, after Verlander thought he had struck out Martinez on the previous pitch, and the latter on a first-pitch, 98-mph heater - spelled his doom. His six swings and misses matched his lowest total of the year. The other is Steve Pearce, who had a big homer in Game 3.
The team that hits better in the postseason wins.
With the Astros' season finished, those amusing fans can relive their hijinks online while the Sox faithful cheer on their team in the Series.
After winning the series opener at Fenway Park, the Astros lost four straight to the Red Sox.
Toppling the world champion Astros in five games was quite another.
Well if it helps the team come back from deficits, especially in October, then by all means flick away, Brock.