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Boston Red Sox: David Price dominates in wasted bullpen effort

Boston Red Sox: David Price dominates in wasted bullpen effort

The Red Sox have lost five straight postseason games over two seasons and their starting pitchers - Sale, Pomeranz, Rick Porcello, David Price and Clay Buchholz - have worked a combined 18 2/3 innings, allowed nine homers and ran up an 11.09 ERA.

The Astros took an early lead and although the Red Sox kept pace at first, the best offense in baseball lifted Houston to an 8-2 win.

It will be all hands on deck for Game 3 against the Astros on Sunday as the Red Sox look to avoid a second straight ALDS sweep - and that means Chris Sale in the bullpen.

But these two playoff games have seen the Red Sox at their absolute worst.

"At times he would get a little flat, where he wasn't as downhill with probably all three pitches at times", Red Sox manager John Farrell said. Carlos Correa (3-for-5) and Jake Marisnick (4-for-12, two homers) have caused plenty of trouble for Pomeranz, who is 2-2 with a 3.69 ERA in 12 career games (seven starts) versus Houston.

It was just 10 days ago that Houston Astros pitcher Brad Peacock went to the Fenway Park mound and defeated Boston in the opening game of the regular season-ending four-game series against the Red Sox.

After a four-game series at Fenway to finish the regular season, the Red Sox and Astros will meet again in the first round of the playoffs. When he had bases loaded at one point in the game you can tell though the TV that there was not a single person in the ballpark that wasn't chanting the three letters. Of their six extra-base hits against Sale, four came on fastballs, two on sliders.

Currently, there are still a lot of tickets available for Game 4 on Monday (Oct. 9) as well. Mookie Betts, who had a key error in right field in Game 2, is 3-for-8 (with two of the doubles), but leadoff hitter Xander Bogaerts is 0-for-9 and Andrew Benintendi 1-for-8.

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They got pummeled out of Minute Maid Park by the Houston Astros on Friday afternoon, taking another 8-2 loss on the chin before they had to pack their bags and hop on a plane to Boston, where they better spend less time resting and more time preparing. Four earned runs later, and he was out of the ballgame. He belted three home runs in Game 1, becoming just the ninth player in history to achieve that feat in a playoff game. "That's the good thing about our lineup, there's no holes in our lineup, and we feel very confident no matter if we went 0 for 4 the day before or if we went 4 for 4". "[I'll] just try to treat this just like another game", he said.

Verlander, a trade-deadline acquisition for the Astros, has gone 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA since coming over from Detroit.

Fast-forward to the third inning, with the Red Sox down, 2-1, and Pomeranz had to start the frame against George Springer.

"I think the most impressive thing for me is that 1-25 on our roster are making contributions when they need to..." Cleveland beat Boston in three straight previous year.

Before the game, Farrell wouldn't rule out the possibility of bringing Sale back on three days' rest to start Game 4. Who's his opponent? Former Astros pitcher Doug Fister who was plucked at mid-season. The right-hander also went 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA against the Yankees this year and with NY starter Sonny Gray struggling, Bauer looks like the safer DFS bet today.

Red Sox players and fans sure hope so.

Let's hope the squad ends the series Sunday and gets the much deserved rest before going head to head against the victor of New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians, to which the Indians have taken an overpowering 2-0 lead with their 9-8 win in 13 innings last night.


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