This Sunday, Manager John Farrell, announced that his Ace, Chris Sale, would start Game 1 on the road for the Boston Red Sox (+135) against the Houston Astros. The MLB leader in strikeouts (308) will make his first postseason appearance on Thursday (4:08 PM ET on FOX).
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Although Houston (-165) hasn’t announced its starter yet, rest assured that we’ll see either fellow lefty Dallas Keuchel or the unbeatable righthander Justin Verlander. Both pitchers have Cy Young awards on their resume, and have been on fire of late. Keuchel has surrendered a total of four runs over his previous three starts (18 innings pitched) while Verlander has been basically unhittable since joining the Astros. He’s won all six games that he started as an Astro, and has given up only four runs in blue and orange. No matter who Houston sends to the mound this Thursday, the Red Sox will be in tough.
In the 2017 regular season, Houston took the season series four games to three. October baseball is an entirely different story, however. The winner will be determined by who is able to carry momentum into each game and who will capitalize on the other’s mistakes. It’s finally here – playoff baseball.
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