WATCH: Astros Fans Rally Before Playoff Game Against Red Sox

Ruben Hill
October 6, 2017

If a Game 5 is needed, it will be played Oct. 11 at Minute Maid Park. Will the Astros put up 12 runs on the Red Sox in any of the games like what happened at the end of the regular season? Sale will start Game 1 and, presumably, a Game 5 if it goes that far. There are reasons to doubt it. But I wouldn't bet against it, either.

How about this: Jeremy Jacobs thinks a 2020 lockout "would not be constructive".

Of course, the Astros franchise is no stranger itself to years-long rebuilds. But he's trying to control his emotions about the opportunity.

Experience and his current hot streak seem to be the motivation behind this move. "Just try to treat this just like another game".

The Red Sox have the bullpen edge since Boston can turn to Craig Kimbrel, one of the game's elite closers.

Sale did not face the Astros during the regular season.

The AL East champion Red Sox are in the playoffs for the second straight year. The MLB Playoff Odds for the game have the Astros favored to pick up the win here. Price returned after two months on the disabled list and worked out of the bullpen in his last five appearances of season. I think they have what it takes to do that.

Then there's Eduardo Rodriguez who looked great for most of September, but faltered in his final start.

Britton believes the ability to be multiple bodes well for this year's Sox. However, MLB Network does have a very easy-to-use finder that requires three pieces of information: the country in which you reside, the type of television service you have, and your ZIP code.

With the wild-card round over, it is finally time for those clubs to clash, which should make for some exciting baseball. Both teams possesses stout hitting throughout the lineup, but the Astros have fared well against the Red Sox. Verlander won 15 games this season between Detroit and Houston, but since he's been with the Astros the veteran righty has been dominant. Time will tell. But it's still a little weird to me, to be honest, because when I came in everything they stressed was culture, environment, Celtic basketball. In the 7th inning, he'll strikeout 2, allow no hits, and allow no runs.

He has made three starts against Cleveland this season, the first two as a member of the Athletics.

The Indians will send Trevor Bauer to the mound, and the Yankees will counter with Sonny Gray.

It will be interesting to see how Sale performs under the bright lights of the playoffs.

Nunez will hit out of the DH spot for Thursday's contest, and although he "didn't feel anything" in his knee while batting in a simulated game Monday, manager John Farrell doesn't want to push him back onto the field too soon. Neither team has announced their rotation past that.

"To improve that ballclub you have to get someone who is better than the guys that you have, " Luhnow told The Post as he stood outside the Astros dugout Wednesday.

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