If the Yankees can take any positives away from the disastrous Game 2, it is their ability to tag Indians starting pitchers from the start and force Terry Francona to stretch his bullpen. "We gotta take a step back on the off day".
The stakes: The Astros are looking to fulfill that famous 2014 Sports Illustrated cover that predicted they'd win the 2017 World Series.
If the Yankees win: Well, the Indians haven't lost two games in a row since August 23. Houston plated four runs in the frame to double its output, end the suspense, and seize control of the series. Things are different now.
He connected again in the seventh off reliever Austin Maddox to give Houston a massive boost in the best-of-five series. With Verlander facing off against Sale in Game 1. Tanaka's lone Major League Baseball postseason start came in the 2015 Wild Card Game, where he went five innings and gave up two earned runs on four hits. Who's his opponent? Former Astros pitcher Doug Fister who was plucked at mid-season.
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Ashley Williams, who has endured a hard time at club level with Everton, was a huge presence in central defence. Gareth Southgate could use the Three Lions' final group game as an opportunity to experiment.
The Red Sox tweeted Saturday night there were tickets still available for Game 3 Sunday at Fenway Park. Boston is 7-1 in those eight games and the ERA the lowest ever by a postseason starter (since the start of championship series in 1969) with at least 50 innings.
The Astros have hit six homers through two games.
The Astros have a prolific offense that bashes home runs and eschews strikeouts with equal proficiency; the Red Sox have less power than any team in the league and rely on daring baserunning and assembly-line-style rallies to scratch out runs. Rafael Devers flies out to right field and Mookie Bets tags up to score before the throw can reach home plate. Two years ago, in his first postseason, he hit.136 as the Astros fell to the eventual champion Royals in the ALDS.
In Game 1, the Red Sox mustered up just two runs despite seven hits.
Earlier in the season in mid-June, Boston went on the road to Houston and claimed the series 2-1 at Minute Maid Park.
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For us it will be important to play without fear. "11 us and 12th, the fans", he was quoted to be saying by PTI. To not lose their heads. "We're well organised right now and we have to be apt on that to swing it in our way".
"We've just got to hit", Ramirez said later.
Sale made his postseason debut on Thursday and it was one he will surely want to forget. Ray dominated the Dodgers during the regular season, going 3-0 in five starts with a 2.27 ERA and a whopping 53 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings.
Jose Altuve and the Astros are at Fenway Park, trying to finish off a sweep of the Red Sox in the AL Division Series. Boston acquired Sale from the Chicago White Sox, which proved to be a big boost to them. The other news out of the Boston side was Betts, who is dealing with a troublesome left wrist and left Game 2 in the ninth inning, will play. He has gone from a potential roster cut after spring training to the Astros Game 3 starter. He allowed 165 hits while handing out 43 walks for a sparkling WHIP of 0.970 across 214.1 frames of action, striking out a major-league best 308 batters. Fister, 33, pitched for Houston previous year (12-13, 4.64 ERA) but wasn't re-signed.
In his last start, Fister faced the Astros on September 29 at Fenway.
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