Pitcher vs Batter Matchups for Game 1 of the ALDS!!! Eduardo Nunez is back, and batting 2nd.
Chris Sale vs Houston Astros in 6 starts (5-1 with a 1.31 ERA). Career at Minute Maid Park in 2 starts (1-1 with a 2.40 ERA)
Jose Altuve – 8 for 21 (.381 avg) Double, HR, 3 RBIs, 5 Ks
Justin Verlander vs Boston Red Sox in 17 starts (5-5 with a 2.88 ERA). Career at Minute Maid Park in 8 starts (4-0 with a 2.82 ERA).
Andrew Benintendi – 1 for 7 (.143 avg) Triple, RBI, K
Christian Vazquez —–
Key Matchups to Watch:
Jose Altuve vs. Chris Sale:
The Astros’ Second Baseman has had very solid success against the Red Sox ace. Despite his success, he’s never faced the postseason version of the ace.
The Red Sox outfielder has had very little success against the former Tigers’ ace. Verlander has been fantastic since heading to Houston. In order for the Red Sox to have success today, Mookie MUST have a solid game.