Major League Baseball playoffs: Justin Verlander gets 1st postseason win since 2013

The past two years the Red Sox have been a disaster at the end of the season and in the first round of the playoffs, even though Farrell is the first Boston manager to lead the Red Sox to a first-place finish in back-to-back seasons since 1915-16 when Bill "Rough" Carrigan won the AL pennant and the World Series both of those years. However, they return to Fenway Park empty-handed, with one more loss ending their season earlier than they had hoped.

John Farrell needs to save somebody to start a potential Game 4, but there's no Game 4 without a win in Game 3.

Keuchel last pitched September 26 but threw a simulated three-inning game Sunday in Boston. Among the stars for the Astros were Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve who each had home runs. They got Pomeranz as a stop-gap and a No. 3 starter.

On Friday afternoon, George Springer was 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk and two runs to help lead the offense. Jose Altuve finished 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs and an RBI.

If the Red Sox are to get back into this series, Price in relief looms as a major factor.

Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel during batting practice at Minute Maid Park, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Houston, as they prepare to take on the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS playoffs.

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Now Boston turns to Doug Fister, who knows what's it like to be near elimination. "We get to go out there and be kids and go play a game". A version of these highlights is posted on the site of the new, yet-to-be-formally-named Worcester Baseballteam of the three-year-old Futures Collegiate Baseball League. And though neither pitcher submitted his best outing Thursday, it was Verlander who got the better end of the bout, lasting six innings and allowing two runs as his team cruised to a Game 1 victory. He gave up six extra-base hits for just the second time in his career, and had rarely allowed nine hits and seven runs in the same game; it had happened just three times before. The game will begin at 2 PM on FS1.

The last thing that I am going to talk about is the bullpen over the last couple of weeks. Altuve had three home runs alone in Game 1.

Keuchel pitched into the sixth, allowing one run and three hits while striking out seven to improve to 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA in three career postseason starts. You still have to fear the home run from (Mookie) Betts and (Mitch) Moreland and Hanley (Ramirez), guys that can reach the seats on bad pitches. HIs fifth inning homer put the team up 5-2, and he pretty much sealed the game with his eighth inning shot. The 28-year-old went 7-3 with a 3.19 ERA on the road this year and 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA in two starts against the Astros.

"He was mixing his pitches well, he was using the corners extremely well", he said. The two teams played the final series of the season against each other, with Houston winning three of four.

Sure, he's supposedly not 100 percent and the Red Sox don't want to stretch him out, but this is the reason Boston signed him right? Last year's nightmarish flop in Game 1 of the 2016 ALDS against the Indians is still fresh in the minds of Red Sox fans. We've got to find a way to get on base, grind out at-bats.


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