ALDS Game 1: Jose Altuve's historic game leads Astros past Red Sox

The Yankees will face Trevor Bauer in Game 1 of the ALDS if they beat the Twins in the wild card game. AP

The Yankees will face Trevor Bauer in Game 1 of the ALDS if they beat the Twins in the wild card game. AP

As the eighth inning began with the Astros leading 8-2, thanks in no small part to Jose Altuve's three home runs, fans near section 116 launched championship dreams. Fransisco Lindor continues to get better and better every year, as he leads the entire league in home runs by a shortstop, with 33 bombs.

Hinch, however, is still plenty concerned about Red Sox starter Chris Sale despite this being his playoff debut.

Since coming to Boston in 2016 as a $217 million free agent, Price has struggled to establish himself as the ace that the Red Sox were hoping for. "We have a pretty doggone good pitcher in Drew Pomeranz going after it. Turn the page". The first was the second leg of a back-to-back with Alex Bregman that started the game off with a bang for the AL West champs.

The two teams played their third and final game at Tropicana Field with each squad scoring a run in the first inning.

"He's been here before", Carlos Correa said about Keuchel pitching in game two. He finished second in the majors with 204 hits and sixth with a.410 on-base percentage.

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Sale didn't leave his replacement pitcher in the best situation and while Joe Kelly did his best to get out of things, two more runs came home for the Astros to put them up 7-5. They scored 785 runs this year, good for 10 overall in all of baseball (the Astros were No. 1 with 896 runs).

Quite simply, it was a breathtaking power display from the best hitter in the American League's most powerful offense.

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It'll be a different pitching game on Friday. He allowed the most hits and home runs in the majors this year.

I really didn't even need to check Twitter. They are the number three seed in the American League and would have to beat the Astros in a best of five series in order to move on to face either the Cleveland Indians or the victor of the American League Wild Card Game.

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Using Verlander and Keuchel are the obvious choices because they're our two best pitchers right now but the enormous depth that we have on the pitching front, we can could rotating guys out of the bullpen like insane.

After the game, Sale took full responsibility for Boston's ugly 6-run loss to kickoff their postseason run, stating "this one's on me", followed by "it's a bad time to suck". "They fought back and they fought back hard and I gave it right back to them".

Dustin Pedroia took over second base and Hanley Ramirez was kept out of the lineup.

Red Sox designated hitter Eduardo Nunez was carried off the field in the first inning with a right knee injury and later replaced on the postseason roster by outfielder Chris Young.

Next month, Altuve might be crowned MVP, assuming he edges out Judge in the voting that ended after the regular season. Nunez had been nursing a balky knee for much of the last two weeks of the season, and the injury reared its head awfully in the first inning.

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