Houston Astros vs Boston Red Sox: My ALDS Starting Pitching Rotation

The Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros will clash in Game 1 of their MLB Playoffs 2017 Division Series on Thursday. Recap our complete live updates and get all the stats you need in the provided box score. He went 1-2 in those starts allowing nine earned runs in 16.2 innings.


Altuve saw eight lower-half pitches in Game 1.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Nunez will have more tests on the knee before the team decides what to do with the roster. Astros took three of four.

Other righty options include 2016 Cy Young victor Rick Porcello (11-17, 4.65) and Doug Fister (5-9, 4.88). Brad Peacock (13-2, 3.00) appears set for Game 3 while Lance McCullers Jr. This prediction is a no-nonsense, no punches held back prediction of the Boston Red Sox-Houston Astros ALDS matchup.

The Red Sox struggled to find their identity without Ortiz this year.

So the Red Sox have a chance.

From there, Altuve would only continue his hot night at the plate.

“And it just feels as close to home as it’s going to feel for me, and I’ve enjoyed it and it gives me that extra little boost each and every time”. Incredible day for the MVP candidate. Astros lead Red Sox, 8-2.

Using Verlander and Keuchel are the obvious choices because they’re our two best pitchers right now but the enormous depth that we have on the pitching front, we can could rotating guys out of the bullpen like insane. Expect a pitcher’s duel in this game. The Red Sox starting pitching is much better and their lineup is much more playoff tested, so I’m going with the upset here. His two-seamer sat at 95 miles per hour, two ticks up, and his slider near 83 miles per hour, three ticks up. Houston is a lot less excited about that fact than Boston is right now.

Verlander allows a hit to Ramirez, but otherwise gets off the bump without issue. He’d add another homer off of Sale in the fifth inning, giving the Astros a 5-2 cushion. Tie ballgame at 2-2. Gonzalez drove home Evan Gattis and Josh Reddick with his two-out hit in the fourth before Gattis and Reddick reached in succession to chase Sale in the bottom of the sixth.

The Boston hitter with the most success vs. Houston in 2017 was shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who batted.304 with two homers and five RBIs. After all, we won it in 2016 and we still got trounced by the Cleveland Indians in the first round, without making a whimper of resistance.

The Red Sox better hope this game was simply a wake-up call.

Sox starter Chris Sale then got lit up for two solo home runs from Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman in the first inning, to put the Astros up 2-0.

At various times during the stretch run, Chris Sale and Drew Pomeranz have looked hittable. Won the AL West for first division title since winning NL Central in 2001. Tonight’s start for Sale will be a big one, for he has to go up against the seasoned vet, Justin Verlander.


So, there you have it, my thoughts on what the Red Sox ALDS rotation will look like for the rest of the series after games 1 and 2. He has been lights out in his six career starts against the Astros going 5-1 with a 1.31 ERA.

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