The Astros are completely dominating the Red Sox in the ALDS

Five Red Sox thoughts It's happening again

Ladies and gentlemen, this man is on pace to having one of the greatest postseasons ever by an Astro and for sure one of the greatest by a player in Major League Baseball history. Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve hit back-to-back homers in the first inning; Marwin Gonzalez ripped a two-run double in the fourth; Altuve went deep again in the fifth; Evan Gattis led off the sixth with his second double of the game.

The worst, actually. If the Red Sox are going to beat the favored Houston Astros in the best-of-five American League Division Series, they probably need at least one victory from Sale, the perennial Cy Young Award candidate for whom they traded a big chunk of their farm system last December.

Altuve (3-for-4, three RBIs) became the first player in franchise history to homer three times in a postseason game, doing so twice off Sale (0-1).

Pete Abraham said, "There was a sort of grim resignation in the Red Sox clubhouse that Houston is a much better team". The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros face off in what could be an absolute slugfest of a series, whereas the New York Yankees will take on the Cleveland Indians in what could be a highly technical baseball chess match.

Starters have not yet been named for Game 4 or 5, and despite starting 33 games during the regular season, Rick Porcello might not be one of those starters, pitching an inning of relief on Thursday.

Boston on the other hand will have to get crucial hits off the Astros' ace pitchers to have a chance to win this series. Then the series will switch to Boston on Sunday for Game 3, with a potential Game 4 also scheduled there for Monday. The surefire Rookie of the Year and AL MVP contender was 2 for 4 with an absolute bullet of a two-run home run in the AL Wild Card Game against Minnesota and should be fully locked in for this series. In those games, both won by the Astros 8-2, Houston outhomered the Red Sox 6-0 and batted.343 to Boston's.227. He surrendered nine hits and one walk and was charged with seven earned runs while striking out six. He is 9th player all-time to hit three home runs in a postseason game.




One year after almost costing the Indians a trip to the World Series, Bauer helped them take the first step back. Dallas Keuchel takes the mound for Houston against Boston's Drew Pomeranz. During that span, Barnes produced a 5.59 ERA in 11 games.

"We can only be ourselves", said Mookie Betts, Boston's star right fielder.

"They had a good game plan early on and that was to look over the plate and raise their eye sights, and I wasn't able to pull up the two-seam (fastball)", Keuchel said. Keuchel will be facing Boston for the first time this year. The Red Sox are +107 underdogs with the over/underruns total for the game at 10.5 runs.

By the way, Brad Peacock will be the starter for the Houston Astros. The Yankees, who led the majors with 241 home runs this year, have connected six times in three games so far. Who's his opponent? Former Astros pitcher Doug Fister who was plucked at mid-season.

The Astros lead the series 2-0.

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