Red Sox Concerns Fade as They Roll Into the World Series

19 October, 2018, 17:28 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Controversial interference call takes a homer away from Astros

Watching Houston submit in five games to Boston is yet another reminder how preposterous an achievement it was by those Yankees clubs to win three straight and four of five. We're going to play a good team regardless of who we play.

Seven wins into their postseason with four to go, the only thing that stands in the way of this team staking a legitimate claim to being the best Red Sox team ever - yes, better than 2004, 2007 and 2013 teams - is a best-of-seven World Series against whichever team, the Dodgers or the Brewers, has the pleasure of facing them in the World Series which begins Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

"We knew the skinny guy was ready for Game 6", Cora said after Price and the Red Sox finished off the Astros.

"They never stopped coming at you", Hinch said. "They're a relentless group".

Price used a changeup on 22.2% of his pitches during the regular season, but mostly stayed away from it during his shaky outing in Game 2 of the ALCS - throwing it only nine times across 80 pitches, and generating only one swinging strike in the process. "It was a great pitch for him, he knew it, and we couldn't adjust to it". But in those last three losses, he went 2 for 12, reached base just four times and drove in just one run. "It was good in the bullpen, warming up, it got better as the game went on".

They were in the second row of section 152, right behind the fan who was caught up in the play debacle. Craig Kimbrel pitched a lockdown inning.

"The heart of this team is really kind of unparalleled", ace Justin Verlander said. "We have 108 wins, more wins than anyone and they keep picking against us".

In an interview with Astros beat writers, Hinch compared the thought of sitting Altuve with "try [ing] to live with someone pulling your heart out of your body. Verlander was going to hold us down", Swihart added.

Verlander is as close to ideal as it gets in the postseason, especially in elimination games, but he nearly had to be flawless for the Astros to win at home this season and he simply wasn't Thursday. Houston won the 2017 World Series but fell just short this season. The offense, which had to withstand injuries to reigning MVP Jose Altuve and star shortstop Carlos Correa, ranked sixth in scoring.

Unlike last winter, the Astros face some the possibility of some significant free agent defections, with starting pitchers Morton and Dallas Keuchel, catchers Brian McCann and Martin Maldonado and super-utility man Marwin Gonzalez among those eligible to sign with the highest bidder.

Well, while some in that Red Sox' celebratory clubhouse Thursday night would admit and others wouldn't the Bregman Instagram videos (showing home runs against Nathan Eovaldi) were put on the team's imaginary wall of motivation.

Jackie Bradley had an American League Championship Series to remember and was rewarded for it Thursday.

"They picked against us in the game tonight". One situation in particular that came up was the Game 163 that decided the National League West division championship between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies.



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