09 October, 2017
The Houston Astros, coming off a magnificent Game 1 victory lead by Jose Altuve, they were expected to drop Game 2 at home to the Red Sox and they would be traveling to Boston with the series tied, knotted at one game apiece.
Sale worked five innings, allowing nine hits and seven runs with six strikeouts. Houston leads its best-of-five matchup 2-0 after a pair of 8-2 wins, including a three-homer outburst from Jose Altuve on Thursday and long balls from Carlos Correa and George Springer on Friday.
On the precipice of sweeping the Boston Red Sox in their American League Division Series, the Astros plan to stick with what got them to this point. The Red Sox had by far the fewest homers of any playoff team, and have added none here.
The Boston Red Sox find themselves in a do or die situation heading into Sunday's ALDS Game 3 against the Houston Astros. The veteran right-hander has been money ever since he arrived in H-Town, allowing just four runs in 34 regular season innings for the Astros down the stretch. When he had bases loaded at one point in the game you can tell though the TV that there was not a single person in the ballpark that wasn't chanting the three letters. Another reason that the Red Sox should feel confident about where the team is heading into the playoffs is because the team has been hitting more home runs over the last couple of weeks.
You can catch Game 3 at 1:38 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Yes indeed, Altuve continued his postseason magic today as he went 2-for-3 with two hits and one RBI.
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Boston hasn't been hitting in this American League division series, laying down in consecutive 8-2 losses in Houston. He ended the at-bat with a 91-mph four-seamer over the heart of the plate that Correa demolished 419 feet for a two-run homer. In a showcase of the Astros' depth, they produced 12 total bases and scored four runs in Game 2. "We gotta take a step back on the off day". During that span, Barnes produced a 5.59 ERA in 11 games. I think it was easy to see how the Astros would like to use their bullpen when they have a lead in this series. It's nice to have playoff games during the day, but making the Astros play all five games during the day really makes it hard for Astros fans to watch the games, especially with all three of the games in Houston scheduled during the middle of the work day. Everyone counted them out in 2004 when they were down three games to none to the Yankees, but they were still able to come back.
There have 56 teams down 0-2 in an LDS, and seven of them have won their series.
Doug Fister has been named as Boston's Game 3 starter, ending speculation on who would follow Game 2 starter Drew Pomeranz.
"We can only be ourselves", said Mookie Betts, Boston's star right fielder. The right-hander also went 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA against the Yankees this year and with NY starter Sonny Gray struggling, Bauer looks like the safer DFS bet today.
Charlie Morton, who beat Fister at Fenway last weekend, is Houston's "if necessary" Game 4 starter, while the Red Sox haven't named a starter if that game is played Monday.