Astros’ First Playoff Match-Ups are Afternoon Games

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Divisional series have been kind to Verlander. The Tigers got minor league prospects in outfielder Daz Cameron, right-hander Franklin Perez and catcher Jake Rogers, as well as a player to be named later or cash considerations in the deal.

The Boston Red Sox will win their ALDS series against the Houston Astros as long as Rick Porcello shows up to pitch.

The Red Sox and Astros will kick off their best-of-five series on Thursday. “It’s fun. It’s what you play for, and nobody wants to mess it up”, Hinch said.

It would have also pushed Sale back to Game 2 of the American League Division Series, while giving Houston a good look at a pitcher who hadn’t faced the Astros since July 2, 2016. Boston media outlets are labelling a potential ALCS exit as a successful playoff run. The former UConn ace is a hard thrower who’s typically summoned in the seventh or eighth inning.

Farrell says he’s waiting to see how the first two games in Houston go before naming his starters for Games 3 and 4. By doing so, they managed to avoid facing Verlander again in Game 7. My Foundation, Wins for Warriors, will continue to do the great work we have started in Detroit, but will also expand to Houston effective immediately and get involved with aiding the #HurricaneHarvey disaster relief efforts.

Price could turn out to be the pitcher Farrell calls on in the most critical inning against Houston’s top hitters. They didn’t have a single player hit the 25-home-run mark, and as a team, finished dead last in the American League. The best-of-five ALDS against Boston begins Thursday in Houston. And although the scheduled days off for travel during the postseason might help Pedroia recover more easily, the Red Sox are unsure enough about his ability to stay on the field that they are seriously considering carrying Deven Marrero on the playoff roster as an extra middle infielder.

Hall of Famers Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell won more than 101 regular-season games only once, and that 1998 season received a very similar Verlander-like infusion via Randy “10-1, 1.28 ERA with the Astros” Johnson. A day later, Kluber and the bullpen held them to three hits in a 6-0 Indians win.

If Chris Sale could secure for the Red Sox a pivotal opening victory, it would inoculate this young team with the confidence that they need to go on a serious postseason run. The series seemed over before it started.

The Sox found out last season exactly what a dominant bullpen can do in the postseason as Cleveland’s Andrew Miller and Cody Allen completely owned the Boston lineup. If not, it’ll be a second straight quick exit from the postseason.

Hinch’s club won the West by 21 games, the largest margin in franchise history.

This is a short series the Astros and the Red Sox are playing; it might be decided in as few as three games, and will definitely be decided in no more than five.

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