“This is a day you can’t afford to continue to wait”. But when they were at their best this year, they looked unbeatable.
NOTES: Major League Baseball approved a roster substitution for the Red Sox due to 3B Eduardo Nunez aggravating his right knee injury in Game 1.
“Bad time to suck”, Sale said.
Sale’s evening (which ended after he’d allowed seven runs in five innings) could have been considerably more pleasant if not for Jose Altuve, the 5-foot-6-inch MVP frontrunner who became only the ninth player in postseason history to hit three home runs in a single game. It’s up to me to go out there and perform to my abilities, Bogaerts said. “Just got to be better”. While Verlander has logged 98.1 innings in postseason play during his career, Sale is making his playoff debut.
The Astros won three of the four games at Fenway last weekend, in a series that really didn’t determine much. Christian Vazquez was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run to pace the Red Sox.
However, four of those games came at the end of the season when the Astros went on the road to Boston and dominated their opponents. He is off to a better start this time around. NY tries to avoid elimination behind Masahiro Tanaka.
For the second straight afternoon in Houston, the Red Sox got nothing out of their starting pitcher and next to nothing out of their offense, ultimately leading to a pair of blowout victories for the Astros on their home field. The Astros hit a couple long balls and win 4-2. There also seems to be a disconnect into the clubhouse. Peacock was one of Houston’s most consistent arms all season, while Fister failed to record a decision in any of his final four starts of the season, including taking the loss in his final start of the season against these same Astros. Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve hit back-to-back home runs off Sale in the bottom of the first to help their club to an early lead. The Red Sox are aiming to avoid getting swept in the ALDS for the second straight year after losing to Cleveland last season. “But then he would throw a good number of pitches where it was typical of what the way Chris would deliver the pitch”. “You get a little amped up sometimes and that can kind of go insane”. “There’s probably a combination of factors”. He only had one hit, but that one hit was a two-out double in the fourth inning that plated Evan Gattis and Yuli Gurriel and put the Astros up 4-2. There’s going to be a lot of people here. I love to pitch everywhere – home, Yankee Stadium, other stadiums. I had a feeling I was going to get a slider or two every at-bat. “I’ve got to wake up”.
Said Astros catcher Brian McCann: “Our plate discipline was great”. Drew Pomeranz is going to hand deliver it to us with a stellar outing against this Houston Astros offense. “When you’re talking about a potential game where you’ve got to get to (Chris) Sale, or you’ve got to get to (Craig) Kimbrel, with (David) Price mixed in”. They will have at least a slight pitching advantage in Game 2 on Friday, with former Cy Young victor Dallas Keuchel matching up against Drew Pomeranz.
Let’s just say they didn’t hold back again today… I’m in. This is what I live for.
The Stros matchup well with the Red Sox.