3 keys to Astros-Red Sox ALDS Game 3

Sunday, 08 Oct, 2017

The Astros are one win away from the American League Championship Series as they took down the Red Sox 8-2 Friday. As for Boston, Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts have to get on stride early and not let up. Farrell's Red Sox won the AL East the past two seasons, but previous year lost eight of their final nine games then were swept three games in the ALDS by the Indians, the team giving Girardi so many problems. They have only won three playoffs series in franchise history. While the immediate future's bleak for the Red Sox, there's still hope, and Price is leading the charge. We're taking the Astros to advance to the ALCS.

Did#Boston Red Sox fans already give up on the team this season?

Bauer posted a 4.19 ERA in 2017, but he also went 17-9 thanks to going 8-1 with a 2.57 ERA over the last two months of the season. The Red Sox thought he had recovered enough to contribute in the postseason.

Austin Maddox on the mound for the Red Sox now. There he gave up eight runs off ten hits over six innings, the most runs he gave up in any appearance previous year. That drew a loud chorus of boos from the home crowd, which greeted Altuve with a standing ovation in his first at-bat. Altuve was only the third Astro player, along with Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltran, to hit two-plus home runs in a postseason game. His second blast in the fifth stretched the Astros lead to 5-2. The Red Sox have opted to have yet another former Tiger, Doug Fister, pitch Game 3.

Chis Sale is pulled from the game. Houston leads Boston, 7-2.

The Year of the Home Run is heating up even more in the postseason.

Judge's verdict on Bauer was unanimous in New York's clubhouse.

Boston battled back, scoring a run on an odd play in the top of the 2nd after video replay showed that Mitch Moreland crossed home plate just before Dustin Pedroia was tagged out at third base with the final out of the inning. Tie ballgame at 2-2. He is 2-2 with a 3.69 ERA over 12 career games (seven starts) against Houston.

The Red Sox got a double from Hanley Ramirez, but couldn't bring him home. The Astros get a man on first but can't capitalize either. No, probably not, but the thoughts I'm sharing are the thoughts of Red Sox Nation, and you know he's feeling the heat to deliver a win on Friday afternoon. It took him three batters to do it on Thursday, when the Astros' second hitter, Alex Bregman pulled a 2-2 slider for a homer before Altuve smoked an 0-2 fastball.

In the end, the Astros played a good defensive game behind good pitching, made use of the long ball including three by the potential MVP, and added additional runs off timely hitting to go up 1-0 on Boston in the series.

In Game 1, of the ALDS series between the Red Sox and Astros, Houston's 5'6 second baseman Jose Altuve homered three times, propelling the team to an 8-2.

Starting pitcher Justin Verlander in the dugout during Game One of 2006 World Series.

I said it heading into game two, that I thought Boston was done after Houston took Sale to the woodshed, and I'm not changing my tune here. The total has gone over in five of the nine games.

Want to watch the game? Central (2:30 p.m. Eastern).