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better in the clinching Game

Postby elaine95 » 2019-01-26 01:59

Bob Levey/Getty ImagesThe Houston Astros beat the Boston Red Sox 7-2 in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday. Houston right fielder Josh Reddick and first baseman Yuli Gurrielhit ninth-inning home runs that turned a tight 3-2 lead into a comfortable five-run advantage.The series stays in Boston for Game 2 on Sunday David Peralta Jersey , when Red Sox southpaw David Price and Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole face off. Remaining ALCS ScheduleGame 2: Houston at Boston, Sunday, 7:09 p.m. ET on TBSand Watch TBSGame 3: Boston at Houston, Tuesday, 5:09 p.m. ET on TBSand Watch TBSGame 4: Boston at Houston, Wednesday, 8:39 p.m. ET on TBSand Watch TBSGame 5: Boston at Houston, Thursday, 8:09 p.m. ET on TBS and Watch TBS*Game 6: Houston at Boston, Saturday, 5:09 p.m. ET on TBS and Watch TBS*Game 7: Houston at Boston, Sunday, 7:39 p.m. ET on TBS and Watch TBS**If necessary. World Series OddsHouston Astros: 37-20Boston Red Sox: 5-2Milwaukee Brewers: 69-20Los Angeles Dodgers: 87-20Odds according to OddsSharkand accurate as of 2 a.m. ET Sunday. What To Watch: Game 2All eyes will be on Price as he looks to shake off past postseason struggles.Price has a 5.28 ERA in 75.0 career playoff innings, and he's only registered one quality start in his past five attempts, dating back to 2015. In his lone 2018 playoff appearance , the left-hander allowed three earned runs in 1.2 innings in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankeesbefore being pulled.There is one small silver lining if you're a believer in a pitcher's history against a batter: Most Astros who appeared in the Game 1 lineuphaven't fared wellversusPrice. Shortstop Carlos Correa is 2-for-10, and outfielder George Springer is 5-of-24 with 14 strikeouts. A few changes could be made, but Correa and Springer should still be there.For what it's worth, Price has been largely sensational at Fenway Park in 2018, going 9-2 with a 2.98 ERA and95 punchouts in 96.2 regular-season innings. Opposing batters have managed just a .641 OPS against him in Boston.Still, Price may have to top that form to hang with Cole, who struck out 276 batters in 200.1 innings and went 15-5 with a 2.88 ERA. The ex-Pittsburgh Pirate has been a model of consistency since joining the team in the offseason, as he hasn't pitched fewer than five innings or allowed more than four earned runs in any of his starts.Cole's floor seems high, which is a massive plus against a tough Red Sox lineup.The starting-pitching edge favors the Astros, and the same could be said for the bullpen.Houston has a fantastic relief weapon in the form of right-handed Lance McCullers Jr., a 25-year-old curveball artist with 80 career starts, a lifetime 3.67 ERA and 509 strikeouts in 453.2 innings.He battled injuries this year and was forced to miss close to two months.When McCullers got back, he was the odd man out of the playoff rotation, as Cole, Justin Verlander Clay Buchholz Jersey , Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton occupied the four postseason spots.McCullers has pitched the eighth inning three times this postseason and hasn't allowed a run. He and Ryan Pressly, who has a 0.77 ERA in 26 regular-season appearances with the Astros after a midseason deal with the Minnesota Twins, look like a invincible bridge between the starting rotation and closer Roberto Osuna.Both players should be available out of the pen if needed, as neither threw more than one inning (or more than 18 pitches) Saturday. If Cole can give the bullpen something to defend in the seventh inning, it will be tough for the Sox to overcome.Much like Saturday, look for another close game for much of the night. The guess here is that Price turns in a solid outing but can't match Cole, who tosses it to the Pressly-McCullers-Osuna trio to close out a win.Prediction: Astros 4, Red Sox 2 Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty ImagesThe Boston Red Sox won 108 games during the regular season, but insiders throughout Major League Baseball thought they could be vulnerable against the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series and the Houston Astros in the league's championship series.The theory was that the Yankees had the power in their batting order and dominance in their bullpen to overtake them in a best-of-five series, while many thought the Astros were simply a better team from top to bottom and would have the edge in a seven-game series.While Boston showed some vulnerability when playing at home in both series鈥攖hey were just 1-1 after two games at Fenway Park against the Bombers and the Astros鈥攖hey have dominated on the road.The Red Sox set the tone for their road success with a 16-1 victory at Yankee Stadium in Game 3 of the ALDS and clinched the series the next night. The Sox went into Minute Maid Park and swept three games against the defending World Series champions.As a result of those triumphs, the Red Sox are favored to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 World Series. Los Angeles earned its way into the World Series for a second consecutive year after beating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 in the seventh game of the National League Championship Series.The Dodgers clinched the pennant with a win in front of the Brewers' loud and supportive fans in Milwaukee. The veteran Los Angeles team is not going to be intimidated because they will have to play on the road.World Series ScheduleTuesday, October 23 (Game 1): Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETWednesday, October 24 (Game 2):Los Angeles DodgersatBoston Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETFriday Andrew Chafin Jersey , October 26 (Game 3):Boston Red SoxatLos Angeles Dodgers, 8:09 p.m. ETSaturday, October 27 (Game 4):Boston Red SoxatLos Angeles Dodgers, 8:09 p.m. ETSunday, October 28 (Game 5, if necessary):Boston Red SoxatLos Angeles Dodgers, 8:15 p.m. ETTuesday, October 30 (Game 6, if necessary):Los Angeles DodgersatBoston Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETWednesday, October 31 (Game 7, if necessary):Los Angeles DodgersatBoston Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETAll World Series games will be televised by Fox.The Red Sox are -136 favorites to win the 2018 World Series, while the Dodgers are +112 underdogs, per OddsShark. Boston backers have to risk $136 to win $100 Darryl Strawberry Jersey , while Los Angeles supporters will up $100 to win $112.The Dodgers have demonstrated their toughness and resiliency in each of the last two years. They dethroned the then-defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs inthe 2017 NLCS before extending the Astros to seven games in last year's Fall Classic.The Brewers appeared to have momentum in this year's NLCS after tying the series with a win in Game 6 at home, but the Dodgers brushed that aside and beat the home team in Game 7.MLB MLBHit it where they ain鈥檛.Max Muncy gives the Dodgers the lead. #NLCS O79ls3CwrqThe Dodgers will hit the long ball. They have seven players who hit 21 home runs or more, led by Max Muncy, who bashed 35 home runs.They also have a solid starting pitching rotation led by Clayton Kershaw, who may be the best pitcher of his generation. Closer Kenley Jansen also appears to be near the top of his game and will be difficult to beat if the Dodgers have the lead in the last inning.The Red Sox were the most prolific offense in baseball during the regular season, and they have continued to dominate games with their strength up and down the lineup.Headliners Mookie Betts (32 home runs, 30 stolen bases) and J.D. Martinez (43 home runs, 130 runs batted in) are both capable of carrying the team, and Xander Bogaerts and Andrew Benintendi can deliver big hits if Betts and Martinez suffer any slow down.It doesn't stop there, as Brock Holt, Rafael Devers and Jackie Bradley Jr. have all demonstrated their propensity for delivering big postseason hits.Bradley was so good at it that he ended up winning the ALCS MVP because he drove in nine runs with a bases-loaded double, a grand slam and a two-run homer.The Red Sox have a strong pitching staff, and Chris Sale will get the start in Game 1. He was slowed in the second half of the season with shoulder issues, but he was in excellent form in Game 1 against the Yankees. While he struggled in the ALCS opener against Houston, he should be much stronger against Los Angeles.Rick Porcello , Nathan Eovaldi and David Price have all been effective starting, and the maligned Boston bullpen has been strong鈥攚ith one exception.Craig Kimbrel, Boston's top reliever during the regular season, has struggled in the postseason. While he has five saves in five opportunities, he has a 7.11 earned-run average, a 1.89 WHIP and opponents are hitting .261 against him.He was much better in the clinching Game 5 against the Astros when he retired three of four batters in the ninth inning, but Kimbrel has not been lockdown.That may be the only Red Sox weakness. If the Dodgers can't keep it close through seven or eight innings, it may not matter. PredictionWe have great respect for Kershaw and what he has been able to accomplish throughout his career. When he has been at his best, he has shown that he deserves to be included with the all-time greats.That has rarely been the case in the postseason, but he has done better in the last two years. Kershaw is the likely starter in Game 1, and he could slow down the Red Sox lineup. If Sale has problems with the Dodgers, the Dodgers could win Game 1.However, the Red Sox are too consistent to lose any other game. From this corner, it looks like Boston wins the World Series in five games.
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