10/13 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups – Game 1 of ALCS vs Houston

SALE DAY!!!!

After a grueling three days of no Red Sox baseball, the start of the ALCS is finally here. The Red Sox abruptly silenced the Yankees & their fans in Yankee Stadium in Game 3, and then broke their hearts in the 9th inning of Game 4. Not that often the media experts would pick a 108 Win team as underdogs, but that was the case for the ALDS. Understandably the media consensus have the Astros as favorites, but they are the defending WS champs and back to back years of reaching 100 Wins.

There was a feeling/chance that Moreland would end up being left off the ALCS roster, but all systems are go as the ALDS roster has been finalized with him on it. Though interesting to note, Bobby Poyner has joined the team in Boston. He might be next man in line if something were to happen.

Chris Sale takes the mound for the Sox, fresh off of his first postseason win as a starter AND pitching a shutdown 8th inning of Game 4. Have to think that probably won’t be the last time you see him running out of the bullpen. Last October the Sale we saw against the Astros lineup was just not the real Chris Sale.

2 games (1 start) —- (0-2, 8.38 ERA)

9.2 innings, 13 Hits, 9 Runs, 4 HRs, Walk, 12 Ks

Sale opposes an incredibly tough Astros lineup. It’s evident that playing on the road doesn’t scare them, hence their 57-24 record on the road. That’s the same exact record that the Sox have at home. Now I’ve seen Astros fans constantly saying “Astros in 4”. Being confident in your team is great and all, but those comments are just being stubborn & cocky. This series is going bare minimum at 6 games.

Justin Verlander takes the ball for the Astros, taking part in quite a pitching matchup to start off what should be a highly contested ALCS. Verlander through his Hall of Fame career has also performed when the calendar flips over to October. Tonight is his 24th postseason game (23rd start overall.

23 games (22 starts) —- (12-6, 3.08 ERA)

140.1 innings, 101 Hits, 51 Runs (48 ER), 16 HRs, 40 Walks, 157 Ks

His 2013 ALCS loss to the Sox featured the Mike Napoli solo homerun. But that was all the damage he inflicted all night in a start where he went 8 innings, while striking out 10 Red Sox batters.


Chris Sale — Career vs Houston Astros in 7 starts, 5-2 with a 1.83 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 31 games (28 starts), 12-6 with a 2.83 ERA.


Houston Astros:

Jose Altuve – 8 for 24 (.333 avg) Double, HR, 3 RBIs, 6 Ks

Alex Bregman – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) 2 Ks

Carlos Correa – 3 for 13 (.231 avg) 2 RBIs, 3 Ks

Evan Gattis – 2 for 12 (.167 avg) HR, RBI, 2 Ks

Marwin Gonzalez – 1 for 9 (.111 avg) RBI, 2 Ks

Yuli Gurriel – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) 2 RBIs

Tony Kemp – 0 for 3

Martin Maldonado – 2 for 8 (.250 avg) 5 Ks

Jake Marisnick – 1 for 11 (.091 avg) 4 Ks

Brian McCann —–

Josh Reddick – 3 for 14 (.214 avg) Double, RBI, 4 Ks

George Springer – 5 for 14 (.357 avg) Double, HR, RBI, Walk, 3 Ks

Tyler White – 0 for 4, 3 Ks


Justin Verlander — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 18 starts, 5-5 with a 2.89 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 10 starts, 3-3 with a 3.51 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 1 for 9 (.111 avg) Triple, RBI, Walk, 2 Ks

Mookie Betts – 0 for 13, 2 Walks, 2 Ks

Xander Bogaerts – 4 for 17 (.235 avg) 2 Doubles, Walk, 4 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1 for 9 (.111 avg) RBI, 2 Walks

Rafael Devers – 0 for 2, 2 Ks

Brock Holt – 3 for 10 (.300 avg) 2 RBIs, 2 Walks

Ian Kinsler – 6 for 38 (.158 avg) Double, 4 Walks, 7 Ks

Sandy Leon – 2 for 9 (.222 avg) 3 Ks

J.D. Martinez – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) 2 RBIs, K

Mitch Moreland – 10 for 32 (.313 avg) 6 Doubles, 6 RBIs, 3 Walks, 11 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 6 for 18 (.333 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs, Walk, 3 Ks

Steve Pearce – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) HR, RBI

Blake Swihart – 0 for 5

Christian Vazquez – 0 for 2

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