Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Houston Astros vs Boston Red Sox: My ALDS Starting Pitching Rotation

Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer is playing a role in the clubhouse that looked unlikely earlier in his career Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer is playing a role in the clubhouse that looked unlikely earlier in his career
Damon Campbell | 07 October, 2017, 00:07

He allowed five earned runs on eight hits with eight strikeouts and two walks over five innings in a 9-4 home loss to the Blue Jays his last start. The Astros-Red Sox will be playing day games in each of their two first games in Houston squaring off Thursday at 3 p.m. and Friday at 1.

Out of our remaining lefties that we have, I trust right-hander Hoyt over Tony Sipp and Reymin Guduan to which the latter has been absolutely horrific and although Hoyt hasn't pitched lights out (he has 3.33 ERA and 1.59 WHIP since the All-Star break), I think he's worthy of a playoff spot because we need another guy that's good against lefties. He also surrendered three home runs, including back-to-back shots in the first inning to Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve.

So, how good is Altuve?

Nunez reaggravated his right knee injury on his first-pitch groundout in the first inning of Game 1 on Thursday, limping down the line before collapsing short of the bag.

After Verlander and Sale meet in Game 1, it will be Houston lefty Dallas Keuchel, the 2015 AL Cy Young Award victor, meeting Boston's Drew Pomeranz on Friday. Only once before had he allowed at least six extra-base hits.

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This will be the Red Sox final chance to get back in this game as the Astros are three outs away from taking home a win in Game 1. Meanwhile, Robby Scott and Heath Hembree struggle to keep the Astros hitters off base, and a run scores.

When Sale mislocated pitches, it was often in the middle of the plate, and the best offense in the league teed off. Manager John Farrell gave Pomeranz the hook after four innings, the pitcher took exception, and the two didn't take their screaming match down the tunnel. It was just the second time in his eight-year career that the potential Cy Young Award victor had given up six extra-base hits.

However, four of those games came at the end of the season when the Astros went on the road to Boston and dominated their opponents. "So we really needed this win. Put them in a hole early", Sale said. While he has shown glimpses of the pitcher he was a year ago, Porcello is a major gamble to put on the mound in a potentially series-deciding game, especially against a team as offensively savvy as the Astros. "They fought back and they fought back hard and I gave it right back to them". Hanley Ramirez replaced Nunez at designated hitter. "I'm grateful that we got some experience in 2015 and hopefully that will carry us to the championship series", he said. "It was a awful time for this to happen ... just made bad mistakes".

While game three starters have not been named, odds are the Red Sox will go with Rick Porecello (Boston ruled out starting David Price during a press availability on Tuesday).

Through Aug. 13, it appeared the AL Cy Young race was already over. Nunez had been nursing a balky knee for much of the last two weeks of the season, and the injury reared its head awfully in the first inning.

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