Can the Houston Astros Take a 2-0 Series Lead or will Price Help Even the Series?

Sunday, October 14th marks Game 2 of the American League Championship Series as the Boston Red Sox host the Houston Astros at Fenway Park.

 
Game 1 was taken by the Houston Astros after a dominant performance from ace Justin Verlander. Verlander lasted six innings, allowing just two runs on two hits while managing to successfully strikeout six batters.

 
For the Red Sox, starter Chris Sale lasted just four innings while allowing two runs on one hit However, Sale managed to strikeout five batters but gave up four walks.

 
The Astros walked away with a 7-2 victory as the club looks to possibly repeat their success in the postseason.

 
First pitch is slated for 7:09 PM EST at Fenway Park.

Boston Red Sox:

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David Price is on the mound for the Red Sox during Game 2 of the series.

 
Price pitched against the New York Yankees this postseason. During that start, Price pitched 1.2 innings while allowing three runs on three hits for Boston.

 
However, during the regular season, Price successfully recorded a 16-7 record alongside a 3.58 ERA while successfully striking out 177 batters this season.

 
Joe Kelly has been a solid aspect for the Red Sox bullpen this season. Kelly has recorded two saves during the regular season along with maintaining a 4.39 ERA and recording 68 strikeouts. However, during the postseason, Kelly pitched 1.2 innings and allowed just one hit.

 
Offensively, Mookie Betts has created a new surge of firepower at the plate. This season, Betts has maintained a .346 batting average along with 32 HRs and 80 RBIs.

Houston Astros:

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On the mound for the Astros is a right-handed ace, Gerrit Cole.

 
During his latest start against the Cleveland Indians, Cole pitched for seven innings, striking out 12 batters while allowing one run on three hits.

 
However, during the regular season, Cole posted a 15-5 record with a 2.88 ERA along with totaling 276 strikeouts.

 
Reliever Collin McHugh has been a nice aspect to the Astros bullpen this season. Although not able to record a save this season, McHugh managed a 1.99 ERA alongside 94 strikeouts.

 
Alex Bregman has been a force this season for the Astros. During his appearance in game one of the season, Bregman went 0-for-1 with two runs scored and three walks.

 

 

However, during the regular season, Bregman maintained a .286 batting average with a team-high 31 HRs and 103 RBIs.

Prediction: Astros 6 – Red Sox 3

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