Staring at another quick elimination, Boston should expect sweeping changes

Staring at another quick elimination, Boston should expect sweeping changes

Staring at another quick elimination, Boston should expect sweeping changes

The Houston Astros are off to a good start in this year's MLB Playoffs with an 8-2 win in Game 1 over Boston. "And the second one is like: 'Wow, what's going on here?" It was one of his most dominant outings of the season. In a showcase of the Astros' depth, they produced 12 total bases and scored four runs in Game 2.

Carlos Correa and George Springer celebrate after defeating the Boston Red Sox, 8-2, in Game 2 of the ALDS at Minute Maid Park on Friday.

Brad Peacock starts for the Astros against Doug Fister.

The Houston Astros had Dallas Kuechel on the rubber, who is an absolute monster at the Juicebox and the Red Sox has Drew Pomeranz going as they hoped he would shut down the Houston Astros lineup and send it to Boston tied.

The Red Sox will now head home to Boston in search of a lifeline.

Sale never got into a rhythm and was chased after walking Josh Reddick with no outs in the sixth.

The Boston Red Sox once again didn't bring of a fight on Friday.

"Anytime he mislocated, particularly in the middle of the plate, they made him pay for it". This is a different team, though.

However, it would be just like this Major League Baseball season for the Red Sox to rally and show that - once again - we should expect the unexpected.

While the Cubs are no longer the "Lovable Losers" after last year's championship, the Nationals were the NL East champions for the fourth time in six seasons but have yet to win a playoff series.

"This is a team that's very, very laser-focused on winning the series". "They fought back and they fought back hard and I gave it right back to them".

"Any mistake that we've made these past two games, they've made us pay for them", Pomeranz said. "It happens (but a) bad time for it to happen". The Yankees, who led the majors with 241 home runs this year, have connected six times in three games so far. Boston's runs came courtesy of Rafael Devers and Sandy Leon. He pulled up running to first base on a groundout in the first inning before falling to the ground.

For two years now, underwhelming playoff starts have become the norm for the Red Sox, and that's a recipe for failure. Nunez missed 19 of Boston's last 20 regular-season games with what the team called a sore knee. "Like I said, take it off the chin and be back here tomorrow working my (tail) off ready to go". "Biggest start of my career and hopefully I can keep saying that as it goes on". The Red Sox are a +120 underdog and the over-under is set at 9.5.

Fister has been OK since the Red Sox picked him off waivers in June - he was 5-9 with a 4.88 ERA, including an August in which he was 2-2 with a 3.71 ERA. The pitching's not been there as hoped, the batting line-up hasn't fired and they've even dished-up some fielding miscues, such as the freaky "where's the ball gone" non-throw by the normally excellent Mookie Betts in Game Two. When your ace gets hit around, you trail 8-3 and still end up coming back to win in extra innings, you've got every right to have confidence that whatever else this post-season throws at them they can find a way to deal with it.

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