Red Sox Concerns Fade as They Roll Into the World Series

Kristopher Nichols
October 20, 2018

Price tossed six innings of three-hit, shutout ball with no walks and nine strikeouts in Game 5 Thursday.

Boston's Rafael Devers, right, celebrates his three-run home run against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning Thursday night in Game 5 of the ALCS.

Justin Verlander took the loss for the Astros, allowing four earned runs over six innings.

ALCS MVP Jackie Bradley Jr., outfielder Mookie Betts and the Red Sox will try to bring Boston its fourth crown in 15 years - this is their first trip since winning it all in 2013.

We have an entire winter to dissect what happened in the American League Championship Series and figure out what the Astros will do with a longer offseason than they had a year ago.

"You can see in the picture, I'm very excited because I thought it was a home run and cheering, and then they call it back and I was, like, deflated", said Astros fan Annemarie Howard. There they defeated the Oakland A's to advance to the ALDS to set up a battle with their rivals the Boston Red Sox. Our job's not finished yet, we still have four more wins. "I'll take it. I'll take it", Cora said.

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Though the Astros never faced a 3-1 deficit on their march to the 2017 World Series title, playing with their backs to the wall was not a wholly unfamiliar feeling for them.

The Red Sox were the best hitting team in a great hitting American League this year.

"I saw the ball coming at us and I thought, 'I don't have a glove".

Any Red Sox fan could have recited the terrible numbers: 11 starts, 0-9 record, 6.16 ERA.

The ace right-hander had pitched 24 scoreless innings over his previous three starts with his team facing postseason elimination, and he came in 4-1 with a 1.21 ERA in five potential elimination games during his career. When Bregman launched an opposite field drive and Betts made a flying catch to prevent a home run, fans in the outfield look like they had just been ordered to surrender by police. The third baseman was generally avoided by Boston's pitching staff until being moved to the leadoff spot on Wednesday, and the law of averages dictated that he was due after an 0-for-4 start. In that Game 6 a year ago, he dominated the Yankees to get the Astros to Game 7, which they also won. In five career do-or-die starts, he was 4-1 with a 1.21 ERA. He joins Mickey Mantle, Andruw Jones and Miguel Cabrera as the only players in major league history to have nine or more RBIs in the playoffs at age 21 or younger.

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