Game 2 is Sunday night in Boston, when left-hander David Price pitches for the Red Sox opposite Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole. The 29-year-old slugger hasn't exactly destroyed Price during previous matches - he's played to a.208 average and a single home run in his last 24 at-bats against the lefty - but a dominant start from Price is anything but guaranteed as he posted just 1 2/3 innings of three-hit, three-run ball during Game 2 of the ALDS. Cora has expressed confidence in Price, a Cy Young Award victor who is 0-9 in 10 postseason starts, and the 108-win Red Sox will need him to be better than Sale was in the opener.
The Red Sox got out of the inning safely, and entered the ninth down just 3-2. The shaky Price, who followed one-out walks to Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman in the top of the first with strikeouts of Yuli Gurriel and Tyler White, quickly gave back his advantage, as Astros leadoff hitter George Springer poked a two-out, two-run double to short right field to even the score at 2-2 in the top of the second.
I know it's easier said than done, but swing the bat. "Andrew didn't agree. I didn't agree".
"But you can't argue balls and strikes", he said. Most likely Verlander comes out of the game.
Verlander was charged with two runs and four walks while striking out six. Three-and-a-third innings. One hit.
On the other side, when the Red Sox tied it up with two of their own off Verlander in the fifth, it was a similar breakdown in command from the starter.
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Sale, who took the mound without long sleeves on the chilly night, left after the fourth inning - his only 1-2-3 inning of the game - having thrown 86 pitches.
When the Astros opened the scoring in the second with a pair of runs off Sale, the rally started with two outs and went like this: Walk, walk, hit by pitch, walk, single.
"I still like our chances", he said. We're not gonna hang our heads in the locker room. We need this guy. "This is the time when we kick in gear and start fighting".
Saturday night's ALCS matchup will certainly be more memorable than most for umpire Joe West.
Price, 16-7 in this year's regular season, has two postseason wins in relief in his career.
We actually, on the off-day in NY, I was watching the game with Pedroia and then Pedey had some thoughts about him, the way he attacked hitters and the way they attacked him.