Astros soundly beat Red Sox in ALDS Game 1

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The Red Sox will win game one of the ALDS in Houston by a final score of 2-1.

Chris Howell, Red Springs - NEW YORK YANKEES.

It'll be a different pitching game on Friday.

NY finished the regular season with 91 wins. The Red Sox closer had a vintage year in 2017, and if you can get a bridge from the starters to him, you'll win. The former first-round pick isn't much of a hitter; his career OPS in 109 major league games is.568. McCullers, on the other hand, has been injured for most of the second half of the season, but started off very strong, even being named an All-Star. In 78 innings, he has struck out 85 and walked just 19.

The Red Sox never led when Sale was on the mound and he was quickly pulled with no outs in the sixth en route to seven earned runs. Could this be the year Boston hoists another World Series trophy?

Manager Terry Francona has opted to start Trevor Bauer in Game 1 at Cleveland, rather than dominant Corey Kluber. He guided Drew Pomeranz to a 17-win season. First pitch is at 4:08PM EST. He had a 3.72 ERA in his time with NY and struck out 59 batters in 65.1 innings.

Eduardo Nunez fell before reaching first base. He threw six shutout innings against the Astros on Saturday before giving up a single that led to a run in the seventh inning.

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Sandy Leon had two hits and drove in a run and Rafael Devers added an RBI for the AL East champs.

Friday's matchup between Pomeranz and Keuchel features two men who would likely be the staff ace on most other teams (and Keuchel, a former Cy Young victor, was the Astros ace until Verlander arrived).

Verlander is a six-time All Star who has appeared in the playoffs five times.

With the uncertainty of the rest of the series, it is unclear when Sale's next start will be. He carries a 2.45 ERA in 95 2/3 home innings this year. However, the Red Sox are in the postseason due to a pitching rotation that has an ERA of 3.70, which is fourth best in all of baseball. Both pitchers have enjoyed good regular seasons, with Pomeranz posting a 17-6 record with a 3.32 ERA, and Keuchel with a 14-5 record with a 2.90 ERA. The 28-year-old lefty has a 1.31 ERA in six career starts against the Astros, who haven't faced him since July 2016 while with the White Sox. That's great during the regular season, but in the postseason, everyone's obsessing over every move. He went 5-1 in the against the Astros, with 65 strikeouts and five walks in 48 innings.

Over his last 16 starts, Verlander, 34, went 10-3 with a 1.92 ERA.

The Houston Astros traded for Justin Verlander for games like this. The left-hander was tagged for nine hits and matched a season high for most runs allowed. "That was the first time we were really in, some ways, respected again in the game that we had good players, and good talent, and we won games", Hinch said. And the team was second in the majors (behind only the Yankees) with 238 home runs.

He has plenty of postseason experience from his time with the Tigers. The offense is led by Mookie Betts, who scored 101 runs and knocked on 102 RBI while hitting a team-leading 24 homers.

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