Red Sox Pitching Struggles, Astros Take Game 1 7-2

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Around 9:30 p.m. ET last night, the Red Sox announced that Sale reported a stomach illness and was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital for observation earlier in the afternoon.

The throw was way off, so off that it should've ended up in right-center field, but West was unable to get out of the way. In best-of-sevens tied 1-1, the team that begins the series at home - the Red Sox in this case - goes on to win the series in question 55 percent of the time.

"Anytime you get two quick outs then you load up the bases and give them two runs, that's not what you're looking for this time of year", Sale said.

"They stayed in the zone", Cora said.

Bench coach Ron Roenicke assumed managerial duties for the sixth inning. "I don't like getting hit with a baseball. But we didn't throw as many strikes as we like, and moving forward I think we could be a little more aggressive". I said, 'This group doesn't pitch inside.' They know. So there was no surprise. "There's nothing else besides that".

In large measure, Price's Game 2 struggles from a lack of command of/confidence in his secondary pitches. Gerrit Cole starts for the Astros against David Price. Kinsler was batting seventh in place of Brock Holt, who hit for the first postseason cycle in baseball history in the clincher against the New York Yankees. Springer took third on a wild pitch and scored on Jose Altuve's single off the Green Monster, but Kimbrel got the save when Benintendi made a twisting catch in front of the wall on Alex Bregman's fly ball to left. Bregman was safe at second base and later wound up scoring. "(Nunez) knew it right away".

Our models project Leon ($2,100) for 5.8 FanDuel points in 3.67 plate appearances. He allowed two runs in five innings in the Game 3 clincher against Cleveland.

Price, 16-7 in this year's regular season, has two post-season wins in relief in his career. The second baseman only counts more career regular season at-bats against C.C. Sabathia (71) and James Shields (66), giving him the experience required to make some observations about Price's delivery and performance in Game 2 against the Yankees. That he started and lasted just 4 2/3 innings means that Price wasn't eligible for the win. Pedroia and Cora watched video of the game together during the off day in NY and reached some conclusions.

As you've probably already figured out, Price didn't do anything to reverse the narrative on Sunday night.

OK, it wasn't exactly an authoritative double (it was pretty darn lucky), but Houston's George Springer tied it up with this clutch two-out knock in the top of the second.

That Sale kept the Astros at bay and finished somewhat strong are the only positives for Boston from an otherwise gloomy outing-four innings, one hit, two runs, four walks, five strikeouts and just 58% of his pitches going for strikes.

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