Game 1 MLB Playoff Odds Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros

Game 1 MLB Playoff Odds Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros

"It seemed easy for a while with the Tigers organization, especially with my first year going to the World Series, so, I appreciate ever step of the way now", Verlander said. If the Astros can beat Sale, they already have taken away the Red Sox's primary advantage.

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When: 1 p.m. Pacific time, Thursday, Oct. 5. THE PICK: Astros in 4.

Mookie Betts (.803 OPS, 24 HRs, 103 RBIs, 26 SB), Andrew Benintendi (.776 OPS, 20 HRs, 90 RBIs, 20 SBs) and Xander Bogaerts (.746 OPS, 10 HRs, 62 RBIs, 15 SB) lead the Red Sox offense into action.

Pedroia's presence in Boston lineup for Thursday's Game 1 was not always a sure thing.

Alex Bregman and Altuve hit back-to-back homers in the first inning, making Sale look a bit rattled. Sale didn't pitch against the Astros this season while Pomeranz gave up a run in each of his two outings as Boston won each. 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. If the Red Sox have a lead and want to fortify their run prevention in the late innings, look for him to come in, provided he makes the roster. Boston might make this a series with a win in game two or three, but we like Houston to get the first victory here. The Astros will likely go with either Collin McHugh or Brad Peacock for game three with the other being slated for game four unless that becomes a must-win game, with Verlander likely to return for a game five.

Here's how Major League Baseball experts see the two series playing out and which clubs will face off in the ALCS with a trip to the World Series on the line.

Chis Sale is pulled from the game. Tonight's start for Sale will be a big one, for he has to go up against the seasoned vet, Justin Verlander.

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Boston's bullpen, led by Craig Kimbrel, Addison Reed, David Price, Carson Smith and Joe Kelly, is a strength.

Add it all up, and Price could be the Red Sox's secret weapon this postseason. Springer and Barnes were college teammates at nearby CT. It sucks. I didn't really give my team a chance to win.

Austin Maddox on the mound for the Red Sox now.

Boston limped their way to an AL East title on the last weekend of the regular season, but in the postseason they will need to turn it up. Red Sox moved into first place on August 1 and never trailed again. Now, the 33-year-old was coming off back-to-back bad seasons though.

"To improve that ballclub you have to get someone who is better than the guys that you have, " Luhnow told The Post as he stood outside the Astros dugout Wednesday. Houston's 101 wins were second in franchise history and most since team won 102 games in 1998. Just a week ago, he sat out two straight games versus Toronto due to his knee swelling again. Sale has probably been the best pitcher in baseball (apologies to Corey Kluber), but he has never pitched in a postseason game before. Game three starters have not been named for either team, but it is likely that reigning American League Cy Young victor Rick Porcello will toe the rubber in the return to Boston. Houston is a lot less excited about that fact than Boston is right now. Houston has dealt with postseason woes in the past. But the group was somewhat slowed by left-handed pitching, which could be important in facing a rotation with three lefties. He's batting.290, 57 points above his career average. Red Sox hitters own a.211 average against Verlander over 180 plate appearances, no one has homered off of him.

The Houston Astros ended the season winning eight of their last 10 games, rebounding completely from a shaky start to the second half of the season.

The Verlander trade changed everything for Houston.