The Red Sox will face the victor of the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers, with Game 1 taking place at Fenway Park on Tuesday. "But we want more", Price said.
Martinez reached the World Series by beating the team that released him during spring training four years ago. "Do I think the better baseball team won?"
But, ultimately, the umpire, Joe West, ruled it fan interference. Now he has to do it again, this time in the World Series. "But the ball's gotta bounce your way in the postseason". "Everyone in here will have a little bit of an edge to play with, a chip on their shoulder knowing that we believe we should have been back-to-back champions". This season Houston scored 51 more runs on the road than at home and 3/4 of a run less per game away from Minute Maid (5.23 vs. 4.60).
Game 5 of the ALCS is now airing on TBS. They have been the dominant team in the sport from Opening Day through the ALCS.
But after beating Boston in the opener, the banged-up Astros were outscored 27-14 in losing four in a row - one short of their season high.
Verlander was 4-1 with a 1.21 ERA in five elimination starts and carried a 24-inning scoreless streak in such games. But in the ALCS, their WHIP shot up to 1.364.
Once it was established that the unexpected - from everybody but the Red Sox - was the norm, everything else fell in place. To hear it from Astros manager A.J. Hinch, it was the speed of the fastball that helped make the change so effective. They laid off tough breaking balls.
"It sucks", said Houston manager A.J. Hinch. "They're a relentless group".
Bill James, the baseball statistician and a consultant for the Red Sox, said the call was correct: "The fan very clearly DID reach over the fence".
All of Bradley's RBI came with two outs.
"We knew the skinny guy was ready for Game 6", Cora said after Price and the Red Sox finished off the Astros. "It was good in the bullpen, warming up, it got better as the game went on".
It was also clear the Astros were a diminished version of themselves in October. Craig Kimbrel pitched a lockdown inning.
Facing elimination, the Astros turned to their ace Justin Verlander. The last team to beat two 100-win teams in the playoffs were the Curse-ending 2004 Red Sox. "Verlander was going to hold us down", Swihart added. The Red Sox were last in the World Series when they won it all in 2013. The offense, which had to withstand injuries to reigning MVP Jose Altuve and star shortstop Carlos Correa, ranked sixth in scoring. You got another. Price threw one hell of a changeup on Thursday, and he did it - you may have guessed by now - by throwing one hell of a changeup.
"They picked against us in the game tonight".
Jackie Bradley had an American League Championship Series to remember and was rewarded for it Thursday. Whichever team, between the Dodgers and Brewers, meets up with the Red Sox will do their due diligence, poring over Price's start against the Astros pitch-by-pitch.