Boston is a flawless 5-0 in road games this postseason, with two wins in NY in the ALDS and three in Houston in the ALCS. "And tomorrow we can turn the page and move on to the World Series with David Price". The Sox will host either the Dodgers or Brewers in the World Series, depending on the outcome of the National League Championship Series, with Game 6 scheduled for Friday and the Dodgers leading that series, three games to two. They out-hit the Astros this series.
The Red Sox were the best hitting team in a great hitting American League this year.
To be clear, Verlander would never call out his team or express any kind of anger toward a group that helped him win his first World Series last season, but honestly, he should be extremely frustrated with them. J.D. Martinez homered on Thursday, his second of the playoffs, but the bottom of the order stole the show.
"That was very, very special, absolutely", Price said after the game. "I don't have to prepare myself for it in spring training on February 20 or September when I've still got five regular-season starts". But as a Red Sox fan, watching probably 95 percent of the team's games in 2018, I could tell that this team had major flaws, with none being bigger than the bullpen.
But it is also true that the Astros, at the worst possible moment, suffered a series of system failures and individual stumbles that hadn't happened in a long time, and that collectively led to four straight losses, including the last three at Minute Maid Park, a building in which they had gone 10-1 in four previous playoff series over the past two autumns.
Martinez was batting with one out in a scoreless game and had an 0-2 count.
Price pulled him back onto his lap, repeating the words: "This is big, dude".
It made sense for Verlander to take the mound for Game 5, an elimination game for the Astros. After Mitch Moreland led off with a double, and Ian Kinsler followed with a single, the 22-year-old Devers jumped on a first pitch from Verlander, a 98-mph fastball, and lifted it opposite field to left, where it snuck out for a three-run homer. "This is what we set out to do when we come to spring training".
Price was warming in the bullpen as Game 4 ended, perhaps jeopardizing his readiness for Thursday. But despite their "inferior" regular season record, Houston remains the World Series favorite and is an absolute buzzsaw right now.
Devers connected in the sixth for a 4-0 lead. And then they started getting more outs. Altuve's potential two-run homer was wiped out. The pitcher who couldn't buy a win in October won the clinching game to send Boston to the World Series.