As for the Red Sox? 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. Altuve had a 3-for-4 outing as he smacked out three home runs in the game and three RBIs to lead the way. So that whole walk-Altuve-to-face-Correa strategy backfired. Then came the Astros. He led the majors in strikeouts this season, with 308, the most by any pitcher in 15 years.
Yes indeed, Altuve continued his postseason magic today as he went 2-for-3 with two hits and one RBI.
Hitting wise, the Astros yet again have the advantage.
The last person to hit three home runs in one post-season game was Pablo Sandoval, who did it during the 2012 World Series. In the playoffs, there is no need for Rodriguez on the mound late in games, seeing as the Red Sox now have two strong multi-inning relievers in Joe Kelly and David Price. He's been relegated to the bullpen for this playoff series, and it's from the bullpen that he emerged on Friday in the bottom of the third inning with one out and the bases loaded. The pitching has been equally lopsided, with Houston maintaining a 2.00 ERA to Boston's 9.00 ERA, continuing an ugly Red Sox trend dating from last season's ALDS. Chris Sale will likely start in the first game, followed by either Rick Porcello or Pomeranz. But Pomeranz was rocked by the Astros on Friday.
Boston battled back, scoring a run on an odd play in the top of the 2nd after video replay showed that Mitch Moreland crossed home plate just before Dustin Pedroia was tagged out at third base with the final out of the inning.
Price gave up just four hits and walk while striking out four to keep the Red Sox in front in a close game early on.
"He's an extremely talented kid, and I think we marvel at the fact that he's 20 years of age", Red Sox manager John Farrell said. Sale has probably been the best pitcher in baseball (apologies to Corey Kluber), but he has never pitched in a postseason game before.
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Photo Boston's Chris Sale, who led the majors in strikeouts this season, struggled against the Astros in his postseason debut.
The Red Sox have not seen Keuchel this season, since the Astros held him out of the season-ending series in Boston. "He can get to more balls", Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.
Boston's 2017 postseason run begins Thursday, October 5 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. First pitch is at 2:38PM EST. If there is a Game Four, it will be played at noon Houston time. He has gone from a potential roster cut after spring training to the Astros Game 3 starter. The Astros winning this series would bring relief to the city of Houston as they recover from Hurricane Harvey. While the days off in the series mean Kluber could still come back to start Game 5 on his regular four days of rest if needed, if the Indians lose the opener there will be a lot of second-guessing.
Through two games, Boston has been outscored 16-4.
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In his last start, Fister faced the Astros on September 29 at Fenway.