The Red Sox today at 5pm start Game 3 of the ALCS down in Houston. While it would be nice if Sox won at least 2 out of these 3 games, winning just one of them will ensure the series is going back to Boston. The offense got more clutch hitting in the 2nd game, and was a sigh of relief to see Mookie connecting with the ball for more force. The Sox’s defense still needs to work out the kinks, as Bogaerts had made a Nunez like play that led to more runs.

The MVP of the pitching staff has most definitely been Rick Porcello. Aside from his Game 4 Win vs NY, he’s had two shutdown performances in the 8th inning. That wasn’t the last time that we will see him coming out of the pen late in the game.

With the lefty Keuchel on the mound, Cora is again calling on Nunez & Kinsler to get starts at 3rd & 2nd base. Kinsler has had the most sustained success vs Keuchel, so that was understandable. While Nunez IS more talented defensively than Devers, have to hold breath at times when the ball is hit towards him.

Nathan Eovaldi takes the mound for the Sox, freshly coming off of his dominating 7 inning 1 Run-outing against the Yankees. I mean it helped that the lineup scored 16 Runs behind him, but he still pitched like it was a 1 Run game. Remember when the Yankees scored 19 Runs in Game 3 of 2004 ALCS? The Yankees staff was still hit around for 8 Runs.

Eovaldi has faced the Astros one time this season. Alex Bregman took the Aaron Judge “New York, New York” route by posting an Instagram video of highlights from that game. Pitching in a Rays uniform, Eovaldi gave up 4 Runs (all HRs) in 6 innings of work. That start was just one of two starts in 2018, where he gave up more than one homerun.

Dallas Keuchel takes the ball for the Astros. In 34 starts this season, Keuchel posted a 3.74 ERA with a 12-11 ERA. He can be stingy with allowing the long ball, just 18 allowed this past season in 204.2 innings. Since debuting in 2012, the most he has given up is 20 HRs (done twice). Keuchel has faced the Red Sox once this season, a Sunday Night Baseball dud where he served up 5 Runs in 6 innings of work.

In fact, he hasn’t had much success at all against Boston. All three of his starts have taken place at Fenway Park.

4 games (3 starts) — (0-1, 9.15 ERA)

19.2 innings, 28 Hits, 20 Runs, 4 HRs, 9 Walks, 14 Ks


Nathan Eovaldi — Career vs Houston Astros in 5 starts, 1-1 with a 3.19 ERA. Career at Minute Maid in 2 starts, 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA. In those two starts he has given up 6 Runs off of 12 Hits in 12 innings, having 2 Walks while striking out 11 Astros batters.


Houston Astros:

Jose Altuve – 5 for 15 (.333 avg) Double, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs, Walks, 2 Ks

Alex Bregman – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) HR, RBI, K

Carlos Correa – 4 for 13 (.308 avg) RBI, 2 Ks

Evan Gattis – 6 for 22 (.273 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, Walk, 6 Ks

Marwin Gonzalez – 0 for 4, K

Yuli Gurriel – 0 for 3

Tony Kemp – 0 for 2

Martin Maldonado – 2 for 4 (.500 avg)

Jake Marisnick —–

Brian McCann – 2 for 10 (.200 avg) 2 Walks, 4 Ks

Josh Reddick – 5 for 14 (.357 avg) 3 RBIs, Walk, K

George Spriner – 1 for 9 (.111 avg) HR, RBI, 3 Ks

Tyler White – 2 for 2 (1.000 avg) HR, 4 RBIs


Dallas Keuchel — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 4 games (3 starts), 0-1 with a 9.15 ERA. Career at Minute Maid Park in 96 games (90 starts), 40-26 with a 3.03 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 1 for 3 (.333 avg)

Mookie Betts – 3 for 6 (.500 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, 3 RBIs, Walk

Xander Bogaerts – 3 for 9 (.333 avg) HR, 3 RBIs, Walk, 2 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) RBI, 2 Ks

Rafael Devers —–

Brock Holt – 2 for 5 (.400 avg) RBI

Ian Kinsler – 11 for 36 (.306 avg) Double, HR, 2 RBIs, 3 Walks, 3 Ks

Sandy Leon – 0 for 3, K

J.D. Martinez – 2 for 11 (.182 avg) HR, 4 RBIs, 4 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 1 for 13 (.077 avg) Double, Walk, 4 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 2 for 4 (.500 avg) RBI, Walk

Steve Pearce – 2 for 22 (.091 avg) HR, 4 RBIs, 2 Walks, 12 Ks

Blake Swihart —–

Christian Vazquez – 2 for 5 (.400 avg) Walk, 2 Ks

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