Red Sox Concerns Fade as They Roll Into the World Series

This Astros Fan Is Now Big Part of Playoffs, Accidentally

We all trusted his defense coming into this series, but no one can say they trusted his bat to lead the Red Sox in three of the four victories.

HOUSTON-To understand the greatness of the 2018 Boston Red Sox, it's probably best to skip past all the things they're good at and start with where they are supposedly vulnerable.

Brown, who grew up in Red Sox Nation, said she moved to Houston in 1966 and turned her allegiance to the Astros.

The Houston Astros entered the AL Championship Series aching.

"When I saw him throwing 94-95 [miles per hour] with that changeup, and throughout the start I was like, 'This is going to be great.' He was awesome", Cora said.

All of the game's scoring came off home runs, with J.D. Martinez opening the scoring with a home run in the third, followed by Rafael Devers three-run homer in the sixth inning.

Going 3-for-15, Bradley Jr. drove in nine runs with two big homers.

The Dodgers have a 3-2 lead in the NLCS going into Game 6 on Friday night at Miller Park.

"We got four more wins".

"That was very, very special, absolutely", Price said after the game. "And we battled. We've been battle tested and played against a lot of great teams". Specifically, Cole's disastrous start in Game 2 provided a major setback for the Astros.

David Price, at last, looked like a postseason ace. "It's just devasting to lose when we know what kind of team we have".

"To be able to lead this team, it's fantastic", Cora said.




Left fielder Andrew Benintendi caught a long fly for the last out - not almost as dramatic as his game-saving diving grab the previous night. The Astros were unable to do any damage against Red Sox pitching. I don't know if it is him pitching inside, but past year they didn't like facing him.

"They beat us. We ran out of wins", Astros manager AJ Hinch said. The Red Sox last made the World Series when they won it all in 2013.

But stars Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and the Astros hobbled to the finish in a humbling defeat. Houston won the 2017 World Series but fell just short this season.

The only real problem the Red Sox have had in this postseason is Craig Kimbrel, their normally dominant closer.

Martinez reached the World Series by beating the team that released him during spring training four years ago. "It actually came towards my daughter and then it curved a little bit to the right", said Brown. "That one got me".

"I don't think they need any", said the Patriots' coach. Bradley's.200 average was the lowest batting average for the MVP of any league championship series.

Houston may have fallen short this postseason, but Springer did everything he could to keep this team alive in the postseason.

Nathan Eovaldi got his revenge, and it was flawless.

In the division series against the Yankees, facing deadly hitters like Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez and the rest of those Murderers' Row 2.0 guys, the weakness of the Boston bullpen was my biggest fear.

Altuve went 1 for 4 in the finale.

"He hasn't let anything affect him, whether it's trade rumors or people being unhappy with what he's doing", Price said.

Verlander, who starred for Houston last postseason after being acquired on August 31, yielded seven hits and four runs in six innings for his second playoff loss with the Astros. Boston and Houston are now tied at 0. Ian Kinsler, who was just 8-for-45 to that point in his career against Verlander, singled through the right side to put runners at the corners. He got a standing ovation when he walked off the field in Fenway Park in game two.

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