By Tyler Englander 10/12/2018
The stage is set. The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros are set to square off in the ALCS with a trip to the World Series on the line. The two teams both won over 100 games this year, marking the first time since 1977 teams that hit the century mark will be in the championship series. The Red Sox will be looking for revenge after the Astros ended their season in the ALDS last year en route to winning their first championship. Red Sox manager Alex Cora is familiar with Houston after being their bench coach last year, but is downplaying his relationship with Astros manager AJ Hinch saying “it’s not about us.”
The Red Sox are sending Chris Sale to the mound in Game One while the Astros counter with Justin Verlander. Sale pitched well in the ALDS giving up 2 earned runs in six innings of work. Verlander was an integral part of the Astros postseason success a year ago taking home ALCS MVP honors. The Red Sox also will stick with David Price, who will start Game Two. Price struggled mightily against the Yankees failing to make it out of the second inning. Cora also stated that Rick Porcello and Nathan Eovaldi will be available out of the bullpen in Game One.
The Red Sox have not announced any intentions to change their roster from the ALDS, however, Alex Cora acknowledged if they did they would add a pitcher they would have to sacrifice a position player. No matter who is on the roster, the Red Sox will face a tough test against a very good Astros team.