Red Sox have look of team ready to be swept against Astros

Red Sox have look of team ready to be swept against Astros

He'd add another homer off of Sale in the fifth inning, giving the Astros a 5-2 cushion. The Red Sox were the better matchup for the Astros, so maybe it wasn't a awful thing that the team struggled in August. The Sox are picking a bad time to pull another vanishing act. They could be swept from this division series on Sunday at Fenway Park.

Encarnacion was on crutches and wearing a boot on his sprained right ankle Saturday, but manager Terry Francona said the designated hitter hadn't been ruled out of Sunday's game at Yankee Stadium. "We can't go out and bang like them".

"Oh, there are a lot of things that will be said", said Dustin Pedroia. Sale is comfortably among the best starting pitchers in all of baseball. Brad Peacock gets the start for Houston on Sunday at 1:30 when he faces former Astros starter Doug Fister for Boston. But it isn't working, and there's not much to say. We have seen it in other games when (pitchers) they can't handle the ball, it's very hard for them. "We haven't played well yet, so we have to get back home and figure it out".

In Game 1, the Red Sox mustered up just two runs despite seven hits. The Indians, who had an AL-best 102-60 record this season, will look to take a 2-0 lead over the Yanks today behind their star pitcher, Corey Kluber. And in terms of lineup, the disparity was clear, with Houston posting an AL-best team OPS of.823 and the Red Sox ranking 11th with a.736 mark. The shining exception, of course, was 2013, when they won the World Series.

Nevertheless, the Astros are making noise, and if we're destined for a Houston-Cleveland ALCS, it should be one for the books.

In my mind the most probable starter for Game 3 would have been Rick Porcello, last year's Cy Young Award victor. "But he knows more than I do. We did it as a team".

Should the Red Sox stay alive with a win in Game 3, they will play Game 4 at home in Boston on Monday, October 9 at 1pm ET. "We need everybody in the lineup to do their job". "It's nothing that big, like that time". Cleveland beat Boston in three straight previous year. The Red Sox are +107 underdogs with the over/underruns total for the game at 10.5 runs. They scored a major league-high 896 runs, 38 more than the second-best New York Yankees. Their Red Sox's cleanup man, Betts, gamely presses on with a wrist that recently needed a cortisone shot.

"Everything will be all right", he said, referring to the wrist, not the team's chances. The Red Sox plucked him off the roster of the Class AAA Salt Lake Bees, an Angels affiliate, in June.

But Sale had also rarely faced a lineup as deep and risky as Houston's, or a hitter as complete as Altuve. But when Sale was presented with the idea earlier in the week, he said, "Three days' rest?" Since David Price has come back and rejoined the team.

So where do they stand now? He gave five hits, two home runs, and four runs in just two innings on the mound.

After yesterday's drubbing, Xander Bogaerts was asked what's at the crux of this five game losing streak. He held the deficit at seven with a scoreless eighth inning. The Red Sox will be in a hole early. And their offense can not be stopped.

"I couldn't believe any of my homers", said Altuve, who went 3 for 22 - all singles - when the Astros lost a division series two years ago.

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