Astros look to complete ALDS sweep over Red Sox

Hope Soto
October 9, 2017

A popular choice today will certainly be Red Sox ace Chris Sale ($11,700), but he struggled over the last two months of the regular season and is making his first career postseason start later today. He gave up seven runs on nine hits, including three home runs, and exited without recording an out in the sixth inning of a game Boston went on to lose 8-2.

The ALDS has been a personal playground for Jose Altuve, who is 5-of-7 with three home runs and two walks through the first two games.

The Red Sox, who have not fared well against the Astros this season, were hoping to steal at least one win on the road in these first two games of the series. It seemed Sale had finally settled in, in the 4th with men on second and first with two outs.

Boston's pitchers get a breather after being battered around by the Astros in the first two games of their ALDS, and almost all the arms need a rest in the Yankees-Indians series following Friday's extra-innings showdown.

Are the Houston Astros going to win a third straight game at the Boston Red Sox Sunday afternoon to advance to the ALCS? He gave five hits, two home runs, and four runs in just two innings on the mound.

State of the series: The clubs play again Friday at Minute Maid Park, with Drew Pomeranz starting for the Red Sox against the Astros' Dallas Keuchel.

On the heels of a historic Game 1 performance by his infield partner Jose Altuve, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa was prepared for a shift in strategy by the opposition that would nullify Altuve and yield for Correa opportunities to produce with runners in scoring position.

Currently, there are still a lot of tickets available for Game 4 on Monday (Oct. 9) as well. Boston will need more from Dustin Pedroia, who went 0-for-3 with a walk on Thursday and was 3-for-36 to end the regular season while hampered by a lingering knee injury. In those games, both won by the Astros 8-2, Houston outhomered the Red Sox 6-0 and batted.343 to Boston's.227.

Houston would add four runs in the sixth inning and cruise to the 8-2 win.

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In Game 1, the Astros would tally eight runs on 12 hits-slugging four home runs in the process. "We gotta take a step back on the off day".

Altuve, whose 24 homers this season matched a career high, said he had never hit three in a game at any level, even as a boy in Venezuela.

Here are three takeaways from the Astros' Game 1 victory.

"As far as a team meeting goes, our guys I think are a very close-knit team", Farrell explained. Kudos to the Boston hitters, they didn't go down so easy as they made Keuchel work in a few at-bats.

"We have been backed into a corner before, it's nothing that we haven't been able to overcome, and it comes down to execution now", Fister said Saturday.

The '16 team had God's gift to slugging in David Ortiz and boasted the best offense in baseball.

For two years now, underwhelming playoff starts have become the norm for the Red Sox, and that's a recipe for failure.

Houston will turn to right-hander Brad Peacock to wrap up the series on Sunday. They are the number three seed in the American League and would have to beat the Astros in a best of five series in order to move on to face either the Cleveland Indians or the victor of the American League Wild Card Game.

Despite his poor start on Thursday, it's entirely likely that Sale could be pressed back into service later in the series on short rest given the rotation's uncertainty in recent weeks.

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