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Astros start Verlander in ALDS opener

05 October 2017

I can already picture it, and you can, too. He allowed the most hits and home runs in the majors this year.

After wrapping up the regular season with over 100 wins for only the second time in franchise history the Houston Astros are getting ready for what they hope will be a very long playoff run.

On Thursday, the American League Divisional Series between the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros will begin.

Collectively Houston batters have a.227 BA, against the dynamic-duo of Sale and Pomeranz. So October baseball is what we play the grind for and what we play six months for and not even that, we started working out in November of a year ago. "We're going to embrace that emotion". But he's trying to control his emotions about the opportunity. In nine career postseason starts, he is 0-8 with a 5.74 ERA. Including his numbers from the Tigers, Verlander finished this season with a 15-8 record and a 3.36 ERA with 219 strikeouts over 206 innings.

The Astros are built to win, and win big. Boston Red Sox INF Eduardo Nunez has been sidelined by a right knee injury but manager John Farrell expects him to be available for the ALDS starting Thursday.

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Didi Gregorius followed Brett Gardner's six-pitch walk and Aaron Judge's flare single to center with a one-out, three-run homer. The Minnesota Twins hammered New York Yankees ace Luis Severino for three runs, including two home runs, in the first inning.

"The records, you can flush". They also finished with the third-best starters' ERA at 4.03 - three points above the Red Sox' 4.06 - and added Justin Verlander at the waiver trade deadline.

In short: An ALDS bowout will feel like a crushing blow, while falling short of the World Series will sting for months. If he really is as durable as he says he is, Price could propel Boston to the Fall Classic.

If the Astros have one significant weakness, it's left-handed pitching.

The series heads back to New England for game three. Farrell's other choices for the team's third starter include 2016 Cy Young victor Rick Porcello and veteran Doug Fister. Hinch's club, of course. Sale hasn't done it all season and pitched on three days rest only once in his career.

Sale dates for possible World Series 2017 games played at Fenway will be announced at a later date. "This is a new season for me".

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The Boston Red Sox made the playoffs for the second consecutive season, clinching the AL East division crown on the second to last day of the regular season. According to the aggregate statistics, we have the Astros' number.

Predictably, perhaps, the Astros had the best offense in the majors, according to Baseball Prospectus' True Average metric, which is their catch-all offensive metric that's scaled to batting average (as opposed to wOBA, which is is scaled to OBP) and is ballpark adjusted. "You do like the fact of a veteran presence, guys that have been in a postseason, guys who seemingly will pitch with more emotional control, or control the running game, or executing a pitch in a key moment, that has maybe a tendency to shine through a little more".

Remember when Jon Singleton, Jarred Cosart and Mike Foltynewicz were mission critical?

Which team has the better chance of winning?

A year ago, they were the team of destiny. I'm going to go out there and do the same things I've always done. But first, they must reach the Series this city has only seen once before.

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