Boston Red Sox Stifle Houston Astros' Bats, Return To The World Series

Lynette Rowe
October 20, 2018

"They don't need any", Belichick said.

Verlander's 13 career postseason wins rank fourth in Major League Baseball history, trailing only Andy Pettitte (19), John Smoltz (15) and Tom Glavine (14). "I don't know. I wouldn't have traded any of these guys for anybody over there". They lose Game 2, then three straight in Houston to a better, buzzsaw Astros team.

In the playoffs, they've only backed it up, beating the Yankees in four and then the Astros in five. After recently losing weight, he threw on flat ground Thursday, leading Cora to say Sale was ready. "We'll learn from it, and everyone in here will have a little bit of an edge, a little bit of a chip on our shoulder, knowing that we believe we should have been back-to-back champions". He pitched in each of the first four games against Houston and dominated with a.188 batting average allowed and zero runs in 4.2 innings.

Gagne's input seemed to work, as Kimbrel worked around a walk and struck out two batters in the ninth inning, which clinched a World Series berth for the Red Sox.

Red Sox nation, Craig Kimbrel has an apology. If the Red Sox go on to win the World Series, he might be able to use that ball to contribute to his college fund. They couldn't even get traffic on the base paths.

Watch full highlights from ALCS Game 5 between the Red Sox and Astros on CBS Sports HQ. But in the ALCS, their WHIP shot up to 1.364.

The Red Sox have the home field and a better offense, but Sale has to be ideal and Price has to finally give you something to have a shot at this. "They don't concede any at-bats", Manager A.J. Hinch said. They laid off tough breaking balls.

Fenway Park will host the first two games of the World Series on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Devers joined an exclusive club with his third postseason home run before turning 22. The team scored three runs or less eight times and four or less 11 times in 19 starts.

Altuve, last year's AL MVP, didn't want to make excuses, but said this was "absolutely" the worst pain he's ever played with.

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"The heart of this team is really kind of unparalleled", ace Justin Verlander said.

"We got four more wins".

I guess those 108 weren't as deceiving as I originally thought.

Verlander is as close to ideal as it gets in the postseason, especially in elimination games, but he nearly had to be flawless for the Astros to win at home this season and he simply wasn't Thursday.

On his 43rd birthday, at the expense of the club he won a title with a year ago and in his first season as a big league manager, Alex Cora is going back to the Fall Classic. But much of that, they believe, was likely due to the injury-related absences of Altuve, Correa and George Springer. Lineup? No. Starting pitching?

That trust was on full display again last night.

But the Astros also remain a player-development machine, with more future stars on the way.

Eovaldi put a 102 miles per hour fastball on the corner on 2-2, and Bregman swung right through it. They're a high-contact, relentless team, capable with two strikes and in late innings alike.

This year's ALCS changed the script as the 28-year-old's bat ultimately carried this team with clutch hits to swing the series.

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