10/17 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups – Game 4 of ALCS vs Houston

Still a lot more to happen in this series. But once Jackie Bradley’s grand slam landed in the seats, the Red Sox gained momentum in the ALCS. Add on the fact that Bregman’s Instagram post blew up in his face after six strong innings by Eovaldi… and the Astros cheating scandal… the Vegas favorites Houston Astros are feeling the most pressure.

After going 1 for 17 with bases loaded this season, JBJ has connected for 2 Hits in 3 ABs In October with the bases juiced. His 7 RBIs the last 2 games have been the daggers, last night especially. His teammate Steve Pearce has been such a solid acquisition by Dombrowski. Pearce has appeared in 6 postseason games, and right now riding a 6 game postseason hitting streak.

7 for 23 (.304 avg) Double, HR, 3 RBIs, 7 Runs, 3 Walks, 7 Ks

Rick Porcello takes the mound for the Red Sox. It’s quite impressive that in a postseason that Sale & Price both really haven’t been themselves, Eovaldi & Porcello have been the key starting pitchers this postseason. Facing the Yankees & Astros lineups, Porcello has allowed 1 Run in 6.2 innings (2 clutch relief appearances), having 4 Ks while walking none.

He faced the Astros twice in the regular season, posting a 1-0 record with 4.50 ERA. His win came at Minute Maid Park, allowing 3 Runs (2 ER) in 6.1 innings. That start ironically came against Charlie Morton, tonight’s starter.

Charlie Morton takes the ball for the Astros. Personally had to do a double take here, this is Morton’s first postseason game and it’s Game 4 of the ALCS. His last regular season appearance was 17 days ago, Sept 30 against the Orioles. After his solid six inning start against on the Diamondbacks on Sep 15, Morton has pitched just 4 innings since then. This could end up being a bullpen game, with Hinch idling by on the top steps.

He faced the Red Sox twice in the regular season, posting a 1-1 record with a 6.97 ERA. While he got the win last month in a 5 inning 2 run outing (though he did give up 7 Hits, 2 Walks), he took a hard loss against Porcello in June. The Red Sox lineup was all over him for 6 ER off of 9 Hits in 5.1 innings.


Rick Porcello — Career vs Houston Astros in 5 starts, 2-1 with a 5.12 ERA. Career at Minute Maid Park in 3 starts, 1-1 with a 5.59 ERA. In those three starts, he has given up 13 Runs (12 ER) off of 20 Hits in 19.1 innings, with 15 Ks and only 3 Walks.


Houston Astros:

Jose Altuve – 4 for 15 (.267 avg) Double, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, 3 Ks

Alex Breman – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) Double, 2 RBIs, Walk, K

Carlos Correa – 3 for 8 (.375 avg) Walk, 3 Ks

Evan Gattis – 0 for 6, K

Marwin Gonzalez – 4 for 10 (.400 avg) Double, HR, 2 RBIs, Walk, 2 Ks

Yuli Gurriel – 3 for 9 (.333 avg) 2 Doubles, K

Tony Kemp – 0 for 1, Walk

Martin Maldonado – 2 for 9 (.222 avg) Triple, HR, 4 RBIs, Walk, 3 Ks

Jake Marisnick —–

Brian McCann – 7 for 25 (.280 avg) Double, 4 RBIs, 9 Ks

Josh Reddick – 3 for 12 (.250 avg) HR, RBI, 5 Walks, 2 Ks

George Springer – 5 for 12 (.417 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, RBI, Walk, 4 Ks

Tyler White – 0 for 2, 2 Ks


Charlie Morton — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 4 starts, 3-1 with a 4.35 ERA. Career at Minute Maid Park in 37 starts, 20-9 with a 3.77 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 3 for 8 (.375 avg) Double, HR, RBI, 2 Ks

Mookie Betts – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) Double, 2 Walks

Xander Bogaerts – 6 for 12 (.500 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1 for 7 (.143 avg) 2 Ks

Rafael Devers – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) Double, RBI

Brock Holt – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Triple, 2 RBIs, K

Ian Kinsler – 3 for 10 (.300 avg) Double, 2 Walks

Sandy Leon – 0 for 4, 4 Ks

J.D. Martinez – 2 for 12 (.167 avg) 3 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 3 for 7 (.429 avg) Double, HR, 2 RBIs, Walk, 2 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 2 for 2 (1.000 avg)

Steve Pearce – 4 for 7 (.571 avg) 2 RBIs, Walk, K

Blake Swihart – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) RBI, K

Christian Vazquez – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Double, Walk, K

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