It’s only fitting the 2018 American League Championship Series has dwindled down to the most winningest teams of the 2018 season.
Both the Red Sox and Astros were the only franchises to enjoy 100-win seasons this year, and as Houston tries to move one step closer to making it back-to-back World Series titles, they’ll have their hands full with the most potent run-scoring lineup in all of baseball.
So who’s heading to the big dance in a week’s time?
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Boston Red Sox
Game 3: Wednesday 17 October, 7.10am, Minute Maid Park
Series Tied: 1-1
The Astros escaped Fenway Park with minimal damage, earning a series split away from home before traveling back to Houston for Games 3, 4 and 5.
A.J. Hinch’s side have to be happy with their performance in the opening two games, although things got a little uneasy on the mound during Game 2 with Gerrit Cole allowing four early runs in the second and third innings.
Likewise, Houston’s bullpen let them down on Tuesday, surrendering the deciding two runs in the seventh and eighth innings. If Houston thought they’d weathered the storm though, things are about to get even more interesting with the less than reliable Dallas Keuchel on the mound for Game 3.
As for Boston, the Red Sox bats have been putting in work. They were four for 10 with runners in scoring postion on Tuesday, and in case you hadn’t already noticed, Mookie Betts continues to stamp his MVP case with a strong .375 postseason AVG.
The Red Sox hopes do rely on Nathan Eovaldi however, which is concerning to say the least. The veteran righty has very little experience in these must-win games, having made his postseason debut last week against the Yankees. Overall, he passed with flying colours hurling seven innings of one-run, five strikeout ball at Yankee Stadium, but he has allowed six career home runs to this current Astros lineup, two of which were hit by Jose Altuve.
It’s unlikely Eovaldi gets through this one on the road unscathed, but after what has been a very tidy season, especially in comparison to Keuchel’s, the Red Sox are good value to take a 2-1 series lead.
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