PRICE VS VERLANDER

 

To the dismay of Astros fans and media Nationwide (some local ones too), the Sox are ONE win away from clinching a trip to the 2018 World Series. But we’ve seen 3-1 series lead getting blown before, so all focus is on tonight’s game. Last night’s had all the thrills & excitement of a Boston playoff game in October. Porcello & Especially Kimbrel were most definitely the low points.

The Sox offense continues to grind against the Astros pitching staff. That colletion of Astros pitchers hold a 5.91 ERA in the series with 6 wild pitches, number of hit batsmen, and passed balls by Maldonado. While the defense has had moments of being in the doldrums, highlight reel plays were made in the outfield in the late innings. Mookie nailed Tony Kemp trying to stretch out a double, saving Kimbrel. Then in the 9th, Andrew Benintendi made one of the greatest playoff catches in Red Sox history. That triple saved Kimbrel, the erratic closer who somehow has four saves in four opportunities.

David Price takes the mound for the Red Sox, looking to build off of his last start where he lasted just 4.2 innings. That start actually was the first time his team has won a game in which he started. Price last night had warmed up for quite awhile in the bullpen, but never came into the game. There hasn’t been any reports if he’s on a pitch count. With Cora needing five innings in Game 4, have to hope Price can go at least six strong innings. He has a chance to celebrate his first career postseason win as a starter, by sending his team to the World Series.

Justin Verlander takes the ball for the Astros. The most reliable starter in the ALCS opposes the Red Sox, as he tries to will his team to come back from a 3-1 deficit. He’s most definitely the right guy to slow down the Sox offense. Verlander is a running a streak of seven consecutive starts of allowing two runs or less. And also a streak of nine consecutive starts of allowing three runs or less. The key for the Astros tonight is limiting walks, hits batsmen, wild pitches…. and maybe the gold glove winning Maldonado to get a better grip on the ball.

First pitch 8:09 ET !!!


David Price — Career vs Houston Astros in 12 games (10 starts), 6-2 with a 2.94 ERA. Career at Minute Maid Park in 5 starts, 5-0 with a 4.06 ERA.


Houston Astros:

Jose Altuve – 8 for 25 (.320 avg) Double, Walk, 8 Ks

Alex Bregman – 3 for 7 (.429 avg) Double, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 Walks, K

Carlos Correa – 2 for 10 (.200 avg) HR, RBI, 2 Walks, 4 Ks

Evan Gattis – 1 for 7 (.143 avg) Triple, RBI, 3 Ks

Marwin Gonzalez – 2 for 8 (.250 avg) Triple, RBI, 2 Ks

Yuli Gurriel – 3 for 9 (.333 avg) Double

Tony Kemp – 0 for 1, K

Martin Maldonado – 3 for 15 (.200 avg) Double, 4 RBIs, Walk, 5 Ks

Jake Marisnick – 1 for 12 (.083 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, 5 Ks

Brian McCann – 11 for 32 (.344 avg) 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, Walk, 4 Ks

Josh Reddick – 0 for 11, 3 Ks

George Springer – 5 for 24 (.208 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, Walk, 14 Ks

Tyler White – 0 for 5, 2 Walks, 4 Ks


Justin Verlander — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 18 starts, 5-5 with a 2.89 ERA. Career at Minute Maid Park in 27 starts, 8-7 with a 2.83 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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