Well, as the Astros move to the next stop in their defence of the thrilling seven-game win over the Dodgers last fall, they are in the main event now. "We shouldn't play as a team like that, either". After Andrew Benintendi's two-run homer put the Red Sox ahead, Sale allowed Bregman's tying home run leading off the eighth and a one-out single to Evan Gattis, who gave Houston the lead for good when he scored on Josh Reddick's single against Craig Kimbrel. "Getting to spend a full season with him previous year was pretty special".
The obvious choice to get the ball for Saturday's Game 1, Verlander thrived on the opportunity and the challenge for the first World Series title of his long career.
It will be the second straight year the Red Sox and Astros meet in the postseason - last year it was the ALDS - and the second straight year that aces Chris Sale will go against Justin Verlander in the opener.
Boston was 57-24 at Fenway Park this year, the best home record in the major leagues, and Sale has a 1.29 ERA and.199 opponents' batting average in his last eight home starts.
During the 2014 spring training with the Astros, Martinez hit.280, but was released.
"My failures in Houston made me who I am", Martinez said Friday, adding he has "no animosity" towards the Astros.
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Boston brings 2-1 ALDS lead into Game 4
NY is built for Yankee Stadium, where it takes advantage of the short right-field porch and hit 144 of its record 267 home runs. He entered the game as a pinch-runner for Millar (again) after Millar walked (again) with no outs in a one-run game.
And now he wants more. "For me, I've always wanted to be in it". But I think the best thing that happened to him was going to the Tigers and becoming the player that he is.
"In any facet, if you walk in and take a test, and you're prepared, you feel more confident".
The Astros have been established as minus-145 favourites in the ALCS (bet $145 to profit $100) making Boston the winningest regular-season team to enter a playoff series as the underdog.
And so are the Red Sox, thanks to Cora. Whatever the reason, he turned in one of his worst performances of the season, when the team needed him most. Four inherited runners were stranded in Game 2, the only other game Sox relievers had inherited runners.
No surprise, given he's a starter and all, but the Red Sox ace thinks the trend is not a positive development. "He's feeling better", Cora said. Verlander has allowed more than three earned runs in a start just once since 2011 - he was roughed up in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series for Detroit against San Francisco. The Red Sox would be inclined to carry a 12th pitcher if Moreland misses out, with Bobby Poyner, Brian Johnson, Hector Velazquez and Drew Pomeranz all remaining here.
From Cy Young candidates such as Verlander and Game 2 starter Gerrit Cole, to MVP possibility Bregman (and the guy who won the award previous year, Jose Altuve) to a bullpen anchored by former Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna, the Astros are indeed a juggernaut.