What does the Red Sox's rotation look like after Sale? .
We aren't likely to get any indication from the manager about his plans until after Game 3. Same team; different faces.
The real "best" team in Astros history won only 89 games, needed the wild card just to make the 2005 playoffs, then was outscored by the Chicago White Sox by just six total runs in a respectable but ultimately painful four-game World Series sweep. Surely, they wouldn't bow out in the ALDS, (which they did, 3 games-to-none at the hands of the Angels).
Despite his impressive resume, Price didn't pitch to his potential this season. Boston has not been in this territory, without Ortiz at the helm, for well over a decade now. While the team finished 101-61 in 2017 - one win behind their franchise record in 1998 - the group had very real struggles against lefty starters.
Even the one shining beacon of hope, Chris Sale, fell victim to criticism as he failed to maintain the immortal levels at which he began the season. Fister has pitched in the postseason four separate years and posted an impressive 2.60 ERA over nine outings, incluidng a 1.78 ERA in eight starts.
Fenway Park offers a unique postseason experience for players and fans alike, a glorious mess of baseball festivities fueled by the raucous fans that mob the streets and shake the stadium, performed by athletes forced into unusually cramped quarters and negotiating the historic stadium's particular quirks and odd angles.
"To me, their lineup can score runs multiple ways, which I think is always beneficial from being in the postseason", Orioles closer Zach Britton told CNHI Sports Boston. But believe it or not, this is quite a favorable matchup for Boston.
If we go Jumbotron big picture, the Luhnow-Crane Astros are still ahead of schedule. The flare of Houston's hitting has been historically extinguished by the current members of the Sox starting rotation, namely by southpaws Chris Sale and Drew Pomeranz.
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Given all their viable options, the Red Sox won't be compelled to stick with a scuffling starter against the Astros.
But these two are more alike than not in managerial styles.
This could especially become a factor if the games are tight in the late innings, when moving from first to second would make all the difference in the world. As a whole, we know what we are getting ourselves into. "You know what? He's a talented pitcher, and we're using him at the right time".
Since the end of July, we've labelled this team fourth-best in the American League, despite the fact they never relinquished the AL East lead for more than a day. To maximize the contributions of their defense, though, Sox pitchers will need to keep the big-swinging Astros and any club that follows in the ballpark.