Red Sox name Pmeranz Game 2 starter, rest of series remains unclear

For the first time ever, the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros will face off in baseball's postseason as they open the best-of-5 American League Division Series in Houston on Thursday.

The stage is set! and the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros are set in the ALDS matchup set to start on Thursday.

Another key figure who wasn't home-grown, Kimbrel was acquired from San Diego in November 2015 for a package of four players that included Salem alumni Manuel Margot and Carlos Asuaje. After 260 regular-season games, Sale will make his first postseason start. He believes there is an advantage to having playoff experience, but no matter how many times he's done it, he still deals with jitters when he takes the mound in a game that means so much. After the All-Star break, he was 8-2 with a 3.01 ERA. In 78 innings, he has struck out 85 and walked just 19.

Before the September 30 game - an afternoon contest following Price's Friday night appearance - Farrell said Price would not be available. "So for us, matching up we made a decision to go 1 Verlander, 2 Keuchel, which leaves open the option at the back end to do whatever we want if it ends up being a Game 5". Sonny Gray will start the opener for NY.

The Boston hitter with the most success vs. Houston in 2017 was shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who batted.304 with two homers and five RBIs. He averaged 3.6 walks per nine innings this season, and putting Astros on base ahead of other risky Astros is a bad idea. When I pitch, the next day, I feel like I can pitch that day. Price hasn't given up a single run in the five appearances he made as a reliever in September. Runs will surely be at a premium as Sale has had a historic regular season with 308 strikeouts.

Pomeranz had thrown a 1-2-3 sixth, or Farrell might have opted for the bullpen sooner.

One day after the Red Sox won to clinch the first back-to-back AL East titles in franchise history, the teams used lineups filled largely with backups.

They are good to go with No. 2 starter Drew Pomeranz, who went 17-6 with a 3.32 ERA.

Kyle Hendricks will pitch Game 1 for the Cubs. But Cleveland flirted with.500 from April through July and had to go 26-4 after August just to eclipse the Astros. Taking sort of a myopic, yet calculated, look at Boston's path in the 2017 postseason, it's evident that we should be able to get off to a strong start against the Astros - much stronger than the start that we got off to previous year. He pitched 34 innings and gave up just four earned runs for a 1.06 ERA.

Verlander got used to being in the playoffs after reaching the World Series in his first full major league season in 2006 and advancing to the postseason each year from 2011-14 with Detroit. The Stros were formidable at the plate with a laughable team batting average of.282 producing over 5 12 runs per game so this was the top offense in baseball.

He has plenty of postseason experience from his time with the Tigers. But the Astros are capable of providing the cushion needed for Verlander (7-5 with a 3.39 ERA in the postseason) to be less than ideal yet still thrive.

  • Julie Sanders