Red Sox Concerns Fade as They Roll Into the World Series

20 October, 2018, 13:58 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Boston's Mookie Betts has a ball bounce off his glove as fans in Houston try to catch it in Game 4 of the ALCS

He's taking the Boston Red Sox back to the World Series.

Price finished his outing by retiring seven straight batters, and the Red Sox's bullpen finished out a 4-1 win, allowing Boston to close out the American League Championship Series four games to one and advance to the Fall Classic for the first time since 2013.

Next stop for the 108-win Red Sox is Fenway Park for the World Series opener Tuesday night against either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Milwaukee Brewers.

After the Red Sox surrounded Cora in the clubhouse and sang "Happy Birthday!" to their rookie skipper, they began turning their attention to next week.

The Houston Astros entered the AL Championship Series aching. He got the job a month after Hurricane Maria devastated his island homeland, and immediately went to work helping with relief efforts.

"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 incredible", Cora said. In game five, the home plate umpire blew a third strike call on J.D. Martinez from Verlander that would have ended the inning.

Bradley Jr.'s monumental home runs deserve the attention, but fans also can't forget the three-run double in Game 2 that turned a two-run deficit into a one-run lead. In Game 3 with his team in need of insurance runs, he drilled a grand slam in the eighth inning to give Boston a decisive victory and a 2-1 series lead. If not for Andrew Benintendi's incredible catch to win the game, this series might have played out very differently.

Let's be honest, this is a lot more fun than throwing a fastball at a guy because of the "unwritten rules".

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Price was nothing short of brilliant through six scoreless innings, laying the foundation for Boston's redemption after a meek four-game elimination against Houston in last year's A.L. Division Series.

Price took the win, his first October win as a starter.

Coming into Thursday's game Price had a career 6-2 record with a 2.94 ERA against the Astros. Instead, that session may have keyed his dominant performance.

David Price saw the big picture when he came to Boston prior to the 2016 season.

"It was embarrassing the way they were talking about David Price", Cora added.

Now the Astros will face an offseason with several questions about their roster with a list of potential free agents including pitchers Charlie Morton and Dallas Keuchel, catchers Brian McCann and Martin Maldonado, and all-purpose player Marwin Gonzalez.

But after that first game, something insane happened.

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