Chris Sale on Game 1 performance: Bad time to 'suck'

Dustin Pedroia Returns to Boston Lineup Despite Knee Injury

Dustin Pedroia Returns to Boston Lineup Despite Knee Injury

Correa opened up the scoring with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first and Springer followed with a solo home run in the third.

If the Yankees win: Well, the Indians haven't lost two games in a row since August 23. Recap our complete live updates and get all the stats you need in the provided box score. Fister, 33, pitched for Houston a year ago (12-13, 4.64 ERA) but wasn't re-signed. Sure, he's supposedly not 100 percent and the Red Sox don't want to stretch him out, but this is the reason Boston signed him right? His top four hitters - George Springer, Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa - have all come through, combining to go 12 of 32 with six home runs and 10 RBIs through two games.

It hasn't been an easy road in the postseason for the Red Sox, who lost Game 1 and Game 2 to the Houston Astros with a score of 8-2.

Yankees Game 3 starter Masahiro Tanaka pitched much better at home than on the road in 2017 with a 9-5 record and 3.22 ERA at Yankee Stadium. In a five-game series, it only takes three wins to advance to the ALCS.

Here are three takeaways from the Astros' Game 1 victory.

The righthander hurler also went 5-0 in September with a 1.48 ERA, which was a nice step forward after recording a 4.50 ERA in August with a 3-2 record. Sale's slider velocity crept up through September-usually at 79 miles per hour, he started averaging closer to 81 mph-and at the same time, hitters went from slugging.282 on it to.644. The Astros winning this series would bring relief to the city of Houston as they recover from Hurricane Harvey. And in terms of lineup, the disparity was clear, with Houston posting an AL-best team OPS of.823 and the Red Sox ranking 11th with a.736 mark. Joe Kelly came in for the Red Sox and gave up a single to load the bases before giving up a two-RBI single to Brian McCann to make it 7-2 Astros and give Sale seven earned runs on the day. This game featured what should have been a pitching duel between Astros ace Dallas Keuchel and Boston breakout starter Drew Pomeranz, who went 17-6 with a 3.32 ERA. This year through two games, they've been outscored 16-4.

The Boston Red Sox host the Houston Astros at Fenway Park beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The only question now is whether this year's team can even piece together a competitive showing like last year's team in what could very well be their only home playoff game of the year.

Are Fenway Park tickets just too expensive?

What Farrell needs is a horse that can actually run wire-to-wire, but again, the Red Sox stable looks empty.

As for the much-talked-about edge that the Red Sox may have on the Astros in stealing bases, Keuchel said he's confident of his chances in that cat-and-mouse game to work things toward his strengths. The late-inning shots by Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper in Washington on Saturday helped boost the total to a whopping 33 homers in ten playoff games.

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