Astros vs Red Sox : The Houston Astros, winners of the American League West, met the Boston Red Sox, winner of the AL East, in the American League Championship Series, Live Watch On tv all Matches, Just Follow the Link
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It was billed as a potential classic, with a pair of veteran workhorse pitchers — Justin Verlander of the Astros and Chris Sale of the Red Sox — capable of going deep into the game and making the two lineups uncomfortable all night. Previewing Game 1 of the ALCS, a headline in The Boston Globe called it “a matchup to savor.”
What we got, instead, was a bizarre exhibition, a matchup to scorn, one so unsightly, it’s impossible to project how the rest of the series might go. Sale suffered his breakdown in a labored, 34-pitch, two-run second inning; Verlander made it to the fifth before his implosion, a 32-pitch yawn-a-thon that yielded two Boston runs. Neither resembled an ace for a World Series team.
In the end, the Astros won 7-2, largely because the Red Sox had a harder time throwing the ball over the plate and making sound-minded plays, and the lack of depth in their woebegone bullpen was again evident. Through eight innings there were just four hits in the game, all singles. The Astros pulled away with a pair of homers in the ninth, by Josh Reddick and Yuli Gurriel.
While Chris Sale, Rick Porcello and Nathan Eovaldi are all serviceable starters for the Red Sox, the bullpen is Boston’s Achilles heel. Boston’s bullpen has been been discussed ad nauseum throughout the season, and it still remains a problem.
In four games against the Yankees in the ALDS, the Red Sox bullpen posted a 3.57 ERA over 17 2/3 innings. If you exclude the 16-1 beatdown in Game 3, then the bullpen ERA was 4.02. Lest we forget Craig Kimbrel nearly blew the save in Game 4 after giving up two runs on one