ALDS Game 3 Prediction: Will Astros complete sweep at Red Sox? 10/8/17

ALDS Game 3 Prediction: Will Astros complete sweep at Red Sox? 10/8/17”

Ladies and gentlemen, this man is on pace to having one of the greatest postseasons ever by an Astro and for sure one of the greatest by a player in Major League Baseball history. Keuchel left the game after 5 2/3 innings, and the final stat line was rather surprising, knowing how it started out, as he gave up just three hits and one run while striking out seven.

They won the first two games of the series by identical 8-2 scores, putting the Astros one win away from their first trip to a League Championship Series since 2005.

Meanwhile, Chris Sale had a rough outing for the Boston Red Sox in the first game of the series.

By rule, Nunez is out for the rest of this series and also the next round, if the Red Sox advance.

John Farrell needs to save somebody to start a potential Game 4, but there's no Game 4 without a win in Game 3. In Thursday's game, he got off to about as good a start as possible toward taking home postseason MVP honors, tying a playoffs record with three home runs. The pitching has been equally lopsided, with Houston maintaining a 2.00 ERA to Boston's 9.00 ERA, continuing an ugly Red Sox trend dating from last season's ALDS. In his final 11 starts, Sale allowed 4 or more earned runs five times, including five runs and four home runs in his final start of the regular season. Among the stars for the Astros were Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve who each had home runs. The Boston bats managed to scrape across just two runs against starter Justin Verlander, and that would be it for their offensive output.

Through two games, Boston has been outscored 16-4. He pitched a scoreless first, allowing a run in the third and two in the fifth in a 3-2 loss. Following his exit, Houston tacked on four runs in the sixth.

On Thursday, Altuve lit up the Red Sox with his bat, hitting three home runs in a single game.

Dallas Keuchel remains undefeated in his postseason career at 3-0 and it took him a while to get things going in Game 2.

Verlander, a trade-deadline acquisition for the Astros, has gone 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA since coming over from Detroit. With two games to go, starter Drew Pomeranz was on the bump looking for his 17 victory of the year.

I said it heading into game two, that I thought Boston was done after Houston took Sale to the woodshed, and I'm not changing my tune here. Cleveland beat Boston in three straight past year.

The Astros will go for a sweep in the best-of-five matchup Sunday at Fenway Park, a year after Boston was swept in the ALDS by Cleveland. His last appearance against the Red Sox was at Fenway Park on May 12, 2016. "So I just went to plan B and that was go extreme, extreme in with the cutter and slider and was able to get some early strikes, get ahead in the count, attack them and kind of put them back on their heels, and was fortunate enough to make an adjustment early enough before it was too late". After what we've seen through two afternoons of baseball in downtown Houston, it feels safe to say they're at their best right now.

Earlier in the season in mid-June, Boston went on the road to Houston and claimed the series 2-1 at Minute Maid Park. The Red Sox have opted to have yet another former Tiger, Doug Fister, pitch Game 3.

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