Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
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Red Sox vs Yankees: ALDS Game 2 Preview

Red Sox vs Yankees: ALDS Game 2 Preview

The Red Sox jumped out to an early lead when J.D. Martinez belted a three-run home run into the Green Monster seats in the bottom of the first inning to give the Red Sox a 3-0 lead.

HUNT FOR MR. OCTOBER As a Cy Young victor and three-time finalist, David Price has been one of the best regular-season pitchers of his generation. You can Google it now, tomorrow and 100 years from now and it's going to be there. The fifth-year right-hander had some trouble against the Red Sox this season, allowing 16 runs in 19 innings, equating to a poor 7.58 ERA in four starts, although he did record a 1-0 record.

It's Red Sox versus Yankees in the American League playoffs.

In their last two one-and-done trips to the ALDS, Sox starters owned an 11.09 ERA.

Watch for Gary Sanchez in this one. Sanchez had an inconsistent season, and he finished with a poor.186 batting average. "We weren't going where we wanted to in Toronto and I got a fortunate call from the Red Sox that they traded for me". The righty immediately threw a wild pitch to put runners on second and third, and a walk to Brett Gardner loaded the bases with no outs.

David Price will get the game two nod in his 18th career postseason appearance. "I've been asked (about his postseason record) quite a while now".

AROUND THE BASES Josh Donaldson went 0-for-4 against the Astros in Friday's opener of the other ALDS series and prior to the game the Blue Jays finally announced the player the named later in the August 31 deal. The lefty ace - who entered these playoffs with some concern after having shoulder issues late in the season - gave the Sox 5 1/3 innings before Alex Cora had to turn to his bullpen.

YEP, that just happened. Judge had three hits, including the only extra-base hit, and Luke Voit had two singles for NY, which went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position. The 31-year old slugger feasted on the Yankees this season, belting four homers with 20 RBI's in 72 at bats.

Clayton Kershaw went eight shutout innings, and Manny Machado and Yasmani Grandal hit home runs as Los Angeles took a commanding 2-0 lead in its NLDS with a victory over visiting Atlanta. We're talking about the Aaron Judges and Mookie Betts of the world.

Pearce has lived up to his end of the deal, highlighted by a three-homer game at Fenway on August 2, a little over a month after his was acquired in late June.

23-9 in Tanaka's last 32 starts following a team loss in their previous game. Saturday marked the first time in 299 career starts overall in which he's failed to record a strikeout.

I am taking the over in this one.

The Red Sox left-hander will start Game 1 of the AL Division Series against the New York Yankees on Friday night, one year after he was bombarded by the championship-bound Houston Astros in his playoff debut. Price starting at Fenway Park is a no-brainer. The run Benintendi scored made it 5-0 Red Sox.

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