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.
Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel (1-0) survived a 33-pitch second inning and pitched into the sixth, allowing one run on three hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.
Chris Sale has given up back-to-back home runs to Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve as the Astros jump out to the quick 2-0 lead.
It appears as if a knee injury is not enough to keep second baseman Dustin Pedroia out of the Boston Red Sox lineup for the American League Division series versus the Houston Astros. The good news is that Sale will be available to start a potential Game 5, and maybe in relief for a potential Game 4-and he will know what to expect. He improved to (3-0) and lowered his ERA to 0.96 in October after going 5.2 innings allowing 2 hits and just 1 run.
It was just 10 days ago that Houston Astros pitcher Brad Peacock went to the Fenway Park mound and defeated Boston in the opening game of the regular season-ending four-game series against the Red Sox.
The upstarts in 2013 saw Jon Lester toss 15 1/3 innings of one-run ball in the World Series, and when his team needed it most, John Lackey came alive.
Eduardo Rodriguez is perhaps the least accomplished of these three pitchers, but he is the starter I would have liked to see at home in Game 3. He drilled a ball opposite field off the right-center wall to score two runs, putting the Astros up 4-2. If the Red Sox are swept, and even if they're not but still lose this series, there could be some changes coming in Boston. If things go all the way, then Game 5 will bring the series back to Houston for the victor takes all decider next Wednesday. At 8-1, the game was over. They're now down 2-0 in a best-of-five ALDS against the Houston Astros. "[I'll] just try to treat this just like another game", he said.
Allen came in with two on and two outs in the eighth to face Judge, who struck out for the fourth time and the rookie angrily snatched at his bat in frustration. They were probably more identical than you think. Peacock was one of Houston's most consistent arms all season, while Fister failed to record a decision in any of his final four starts of the season, including taking the loss in his final start of the season against these same Astros. With two games to go, starter Drew Pomeranz was on the bump looking for his 17 victory of the year.
For his part, Farrell said Saturday he fully expects his Red Sox to play with a pulse after two pathetic performances.
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.
"It was just, they put some good at bats together and put him in some stressful situations right from the beginning", Houston Manager A.J. Hinch said. Kluber went 2-0 during the regular season against NY, but didn't face slugger Aaron Judge, who was slumping both times the teams met. CC Sabathia starts for the Yankees - he spent eight seasons with the Indians, who drafted him in 1998 as a 17-year-old.