Published: Sun, October 14, 2018
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Astros bulk up with pitchers for ALCS against Red Sox

Astros bulk up with pitchers for ALCS against Red Sox

As the Red Sox prepare to face the Houston Astros in the AL Championship Series, the question of which song will be played to celebrate a potential ALCS victory was posited to J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts. "We shouldn't play as a team like that, either".

"I don't know if it's motivation". He was Houston's bench coach a year ago during the team's run to its first title.

Red Sox MVP candidate J.D. Martinez is also in his first year with Boston, and his route also came via Houston, but not directly and not almost as smoothly.

All three Astros wins in the ALDS were daytime starts, a slight in Bregman's mind given his team's status and star power.

Saturday night's opener will be a rematch of Game 1 of the ALDS previous year, when the Astros jumped on Sale for seven runs in five innings, including back-to-back homers by Alex Bregman and Altuve in the first. Who knows where I would have been? "It seems like they're playing their best baseball of the season at the right time". Harris suffered through one of his worst outings of the season against the Red Sox on June 2, touched up for home runs by Christian Vazquez and Andrew Benintendi in a 5-4 loss at Minute Maid Park. "So for him to tell me before we even took our jerseys off to put on our postseason shirts that we get when we win, that was special". And then he put Holt back on the bench in Game 4 and watched Ian Kinsler come through with a key RBI double.

By winning a club-record 108 games this season, the Red Sox ensured home-field advantage through the postseason.

"It seemed like every button he's pushing is the right one".

"My failures in Houston made me who I am", Martinez said Friday, adding he has "no animosity" towards the Astros. He understands the game. "I think he's done a good job of correcting it, but I think it would pop up from time to time".

Hinch said he is happy for his former assistant, who was a sounding board on strategy and preparation and took over when Hinch was ejected. But I think the best thing that happened to him was going to the Tigers and becoming the player that he is.

"This is a talented group and it's also a tested group", Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "He got a couple of tough years with us in the big leagues".

The Astros saw it as well. Perhaps you'll feel a cough coming on that morning that may force you to leave work early. The Red Sox upgraded a lineup that was overmatched on this stage past year by adding MVP candidate J.D.

As far as his feelings about his time in Houston, Martinez said, "I learned a lot from Houston".

"I was always comfortable with the bullpen", Cora said. "The banter, the conversations will probably minimize a little bit over the next couple of days".

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