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Astros, Peacock can close out ALDS vs. Red Sox

Astros, Peacock can close out ALDS vs. Red Sox

Sale, making his first career postseason start, was shaky throughout his five-plus innings of work.

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.

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) hits a two-run home run during the first inning in game two of the 2017 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park.

In Games 1 and 2 of their AL Division Series against Boston, the Astros have proved why they were the AL's top offense throughout the regular season.

Brad Peacock (13-2, 3.00 ERA) will start the game for the Astros vs. Doug (5-9, 4.88) for the Red Sox. I think he can get through the first two innings well enough, but the Astros will destroy him for 7 runs in the third and fourth. Farrell's Red Sox won the AL East the past two seasons, but previous year lost eight of their final nine games then were swept three games in the ALDS by the Indians, the team giving Girardi so many problems. They roughed up Drew Pomeranz in Game 2, the two Red Sox 17-game winners totaling nearly as many homers allowed (five) as innings pitched (seven).

Hanley Ramirez said the prospect of not winning a single playoff game for two straight years is a label no one in Boston's clubhouse wants to wear. The other news out of the Boston side was Betts, who is dealing with a troublesome left wrist and left Game 2 in the ninth inning, will play. 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.

David Price, the man with the most questions about his postseason ability entering October, settled things down, keeping the Houston offense at bay over 2.2 innings, in which he allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out two.

The Red Sox went on to lose the game 8-2, dropping them to a 2-0 deficit in the series. In that time, he had a 5.54 earned run average and 2-8 record. Altuve had a 3-for-4 outing as he smacked out three home runs in the game and three RBIs to lead the way. They were playing the Yankees on the final day of the season and we had to win the game in order to win the division things were going according to plan when suddenly up to the plate steps up Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira.

In three career appearances (two starts) against Boston, Keuchel has a 9.88 ERA-not exactly something for Houston fans to get excited about. At 8-1, the game was over. He said he told a friend during conversation Friday night that the stakes of Sunday's game in some ways helps him to focus. Keuchel will be facing Boston for the first time this year. The Red Sox simply didn't look ready to play. The Boston Red Sox still need to win Game 3 to make this game possible, but the team does offer refunds for games that don't take place.

"It's going to take some time to heal, but we don't have that kind of time right now", he said. 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.