Enero 21, 2021

LEADING OFF: Altuve ascends, NLDS opens at Washington, LA

07 Octubre 2017, 01:53 | Cornelio Vivanco

Masahiro Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka

The Sox found out last season exactly what a dominant bullpen can do in the postseason as Cleveland's Andrew Miller and Cody Allen completely owned the Boston lineup.

Verlander and the Houston Astros are off and running in the 2017 #MLB playoffs as they manhandled the Boston #Red Sox in Game 1 of the best-of-five American League Division Series this afternoon by the final score of 8-2.

It was a bad day all around for the Red Sox. The top overall pick in the 2012 draft and crown jewel of Houston's years-long rebuilding project raised his hands in delight and motioned for the crowd to get louder as he stopped at second base. He's hitting.714 in the series.

Those who kept up with the Cy Young Award race (or who read Mike Axisa's recent piece) know that Sale struggled a bit down the stretch. The Astros can take a 2-0 series lead, looking for a sweep in Game 3.

The real question here is what Boston will do with its pitching.

The game: Faced with the unenviable task of scoring runs against Boston ace Chris Sale, the Astros quickly showed how hard it is for even an elite starter to shut down their league-best offense.

The Red Sox do have several great hitters on the team like Dustin Pedroia and Rafael Devers but the Red Sox have struggled hitting home runs all year which could pose as a serious problem when facing an offensive juggernaut like the Astros. But for the current Red Sox, it certainly feels like it, because another loss would move the Sox to the edge of winter without much of a whimper for the second year in a row, and this time the baseball world from Bangor to Baja won't be able to line up and blame David Price.

The Red Sox counter with Chris Sale on the mound.

Boston manager John Farrell said the lingering effects of the previous issue would likely limit where Nunez could play in the field throughout the American League Division Series. (He actually looked pretty good in two innings Friday). This was also the case previous year with regards to the Red Sox clinching the division. He gets the Astros in order, 1-2-3. Instead, Sale's postseason debut-yes, really-didn't go according to the script: 5IP, 9H, 7R (all earned) and three home runs surrendered.

Altuve crushing the Red Sox is nothing new. Terry Francona made a decision to pitch him in game two and the Yankees will now try to get to a pitcher they have had a lot of trouble with so far this season. Then, with runners on first and third, no outs, and a 2-0 count in the bottom of the fourth, he swung at an eye-high fastball and popped out meekly to catcher Brian McCann. It is evident that his arm has been ailing him this September, as he has not finished the sixth inning in any of his last four starts. The Astros got a gift when Mookie Betts caught a fly ball to right and dropped it while trying to wind up a throw toward the plate. He gave up six extra-base hits for just the second time in his career, and had rarely allowed nine hits and seven runs in the same game; it had happened just three times before.

The Red Sox didn't have answers for any of Friday.

Otras noticias

Tendencias Ahora

'Bump stocks' ban bill receives bipartisan support
Feinstein said the bill was a product of months of negotiations, compromises, and one-on-one meetings with wobbling senators. It is the Republicans who refuse to allow any common-sense legislation to limit the type and size of guns.

Bernie Sanders: GOP budget would gut Medicare, Medicaid, other key programs
He hasn't commented specifically on the potential entitlement cuts that his party appears to be exploring as part of tax reform. In the wake of the ObamaCare repeal effort, voters are looking for results. 'Anybody who was there knew that I was not happy.

Donald Trump calls Las Vegas gunman 'demented'
While leaving the White House Tuesday for Puerto Rico , Trump described what happened in Las Vegas as "in many ways, a miracle". Bump stocks can effectively change semi-automatic weapons into fully automatics by utilising the weapon's recoil effect.

Galaxy Note8 Has the Best Camera on an Android Smartphone Yet — DxOMark
Samsung has found itself in a win-win situation as Samsung will reap massive benefits from the iPhone X and Note 8 launch. Any information we have about the 2018 iPhones is subject to change, including how many new handsets Apple will release.

Latest Play Store update hits web as version 8.2.58 [APK]
However, with no exposure on the Google Store , the wearable device operating system will likely fall behind Apple's watchOS. It will now only offer products made by Google , with the exception of Nest (which Google owns) and some accessories.

Sales steady at local gun shop following deadly Las Vegas shooting
He said there is a lot of red tape if someone would want a fully automatic weapon , and the bump stock is away to cheat that. The movement enables a stationary trigger finger to dramatically increase the number of rounds per minute the gun can fire.

Google vies to make even smarter phones, speakers, cameras
The Pixel 2, on the other hand, adorns a look that will appeal to the younger generations and be practical at the same time. Among the various products launched by Google on Wednesday, one thing in common was their reliance on Google Assistant .

Las Vegas attacker Stephen Paddock room found with 42 guns and explosives
NBC News reported that Paddock wired $100,000 to the Philippines last week, but NPR has not independently verified that report. The police found 10 rifles in the room where the shooter was, but how and when they were delivered, is still unknown.

Brazil U-17 vs Spain U-17: how and where to watch
The competition was founded by Federation Internationale de Football Association in 1985 as the U-16 World Championship. We are still the best and we are going to prove to everyone that we are still the leaders.

NRA says it's open to regulation of bump stocks
Other lawmakers from the GOP, traditionally the pro-gun, NRA-backed party, said they were open to such a legislation . Speaker Paul Ryan said in an interview with MSNBC that aired Thursday it's "clearly something we need to look into".