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MLB : ATS Matchup
Saturday 10/13/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
HOUSTON  VERLANDER )
 
BOSTON  SALE )
+1.5  -200

-1.5  +170
+105

-115

7.5ev
 
7
Final
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HOUSTON (106 - 59) at BOSTON (111 - 55)
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Saturday, 10/13/2018 8:05 PM
JUSTIN VERLANDER (R) vs. CHRIS SALE (L)
AL Championship Series - Best of 7 - Game 1
Board OpeningLatest
 LineTotalLineTotal
903HOUSTON+110Ov 7.5,+100+105Ov 7.5,-110
904BOSTON-120Un 7.5,-120-115Un 7.5,-110
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPSLGOPSRunsAvgOBPSLGOPS
All Games106-59+0.572-855.00.2560.3260.4150.7413.30.2160.2750.3470.621
Road Games58-24+25.834-425.30.2620.3270.4340.7613.00.2180.2810.3350.616
vs Left-handed Starters37-23-7.127-305.00.2610.3330.4150.7473.40.2200.2720.3680.639
Past 7 Games6-1+3.82-54.60.2540.3320.4570.7892.30.1860.2390.2650.504
Grass Games103-55+3.472-795.10.2580.3290.4200.7493.30.2150.2740.3470.621
Night Games67-42-9.544-614.70.2530.3250.4000.7253.10.2150.2750.3480.623
Playoff games3-0+3.22-17.00.3270.4070.5870.9932.00.1440.1980.2220.420
HOUSTON - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABH2B3BHRSLGRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games5.00.2560.32616555561420255181990.41578257912216810781836111759
Road Games5.30.2620.327822874752141141090.4344182796383053999267126
Lefty Starters5.00.2610.3336020445339211670.4152852204672740371184226
HOUSTON - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games2.991.056509.31761693975214159532-23472169.1%
Road Games2.360.9722526966173187229217-930976.9%

BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPSLGOPSRunsAvgOBPSLGOPS
All Games111-55+34.479-795.40.2690.3360.4400.7764.00.2360.3010.3770.679
Home Games58-25+14.237-395.70.2800.3440.4640.8084.00.2360.2990.3790.678
vs Right-handed Starters88-39+32.261-605.50.2720.3420.4450.7873.80.2340.3010.3690.669
Past 7 Games4-3+15-26.90.2740.3640.4480.8125.00.2390.3070.3990.706
Grass Games100-47+34.271-685.60.2730.3400.4500.7903.90.2360.3000.3760.676
Night Games76-45+15.960-545.40.2650.3340.4380.7724.20.2390.3030.3850.688
Playoff games3-1+2.82-26.70.2790.3610.4290.7893.50.2140.2950.2980.592
BOSTON - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABH2B3BHRSLGRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games5.40.2690.33616657631548330311980.440854587128212511551487810860
Home Games5.70.2800.34483284879819320970.4644472776136558065365720
Righty Starters5.50.2720.34212744221202259211550.44566347498196899123608348
BOSTON - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games3.721.294604.32582505266625664540-16481971.6%
Home Games3.691.253322.31371322843312034223-5231167.6%
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
HOUSTON - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
9/29/2018VERLANDER(R)@ BALTIMOREBUNDY(R)4-3W-3008 ovU1080740
9/29/2018KEUCHEL(L)@ BALTIMORERAMIREZ(R)5-2W-2358.5 unU980661
9/30/2018MORTON(R)@ BALTIMOREYACABONIS(R)0-4L-2309 unU121850
10/5/2018VERLANDER(R)CLEVELANDKLUBER(R)7-2W-1406.5 ovO1250330
10/6/2018COLE(R)CLEVELANDCARRASCO(R)3-1W-1307.5 unU990340
10/8/2018KEUCHEL(L)@ CLEVELANDCLEVINGER(R)11-3W1158.5 evO13120743
10/13/2018VERLANDER(R)@ BOSTONSALE(L) 
10/14/2018COLE(R)@ BOSTONPRICE(L) 
10/16/2018MORTON(R)BOSTONEOVALDI(R) 
10/17/2018KEUCHEL(L)BOSTONPORCELLO(R) 

BOSTON - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
9/29/2018EOVALDI(R)NY YANKEESGERMAN(R)5-8L-1859.5 evO101121380
9/30/2018PORCELLO(R)NY YANKEESCESSA(R)10-2W-1509 ovO1380453
10/5/2018SALE(L)NY YANKEESHAPP(L)5-4W-1707.5 evO86010100
10/6/2018PRICE(L)NY YANKEESTANAKA(R)2-6L+1159 unU551880
10/8/2018EOVALDI(R)@ NY YANKEESSEVERINO(R)16-1W1708.5 unO18100550
10/9/2018PORCELLO(R)@ NY YANKEESSABATHIA(L)4-3W1159 evU8100551
10/13/2018SALE(L)HOUSTONVERLANDER(R) 
10/14/2018PRICE(L)HOUSTONCOLE(R) 
10/16/2018EOVALDI(R)@ HOUSTONMORTON(R) 
10/17/2018PORCELLO(R)@ HOUSTONKEUCHEL(L) 
KEY GAME INFORMATION
HOUSTON: 2017: 101-61, first place, won World Series.
MANAGER: A.J. Hinch (fourth season).
ADDITIONS: RHP Gerrit Cole, RHP Joe Smith, RHP Hector Rondon.
SUBTRACTIONS: DH Carlos Beltran, RHP Luke Gregerson, RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Mike Fiers, RHP Michael Feliz, INF Colin Moran.
OUTLOOK: With almost everyone back from last year's championship team, the Astros fully expect to contend for another title. They have a right to be confident with Altuve leading a potent lineup that includes Springer, the World Series MVP, and Correa, a young All-Star shortstop coming off his best season. Their rotation is one of the best in baseball, with Cy Young Award winners Keuchel and Verlander leading the group and new acquisition Cole and young star McCullers following that 1-2 punch. Barring debilitating injuries, the Astros should win the AL West and have an excellent chance to repeat as World Series champs.
BOSTON: 2017: 93-69, first place, lost to Houston in ALDS.
MANAGER: Alex Cora (first season).
ADDITIONS: DH J.D. Martinez.
SUBTRACTIONS:
MANAGER John Farrell, RHP Doug Fister, OF Chris Young, RHP Addison Reed, OF Rajai Davis, LHP Henry Owens, LHP Fernando Abad.
OUTLOOK: The Red Sox won 93 games last year for the second straight season and claimed the franchise's first back-to-back AL East titles. But Farrell was fired after they failed to advance in the playoffs for the fourth year in a row. The key ' and really only ' addition is Martinez, who gives them someone to replace longtime slugger David Ortiz after finishing last in the AL in homers without Big Papi in 2017. The theory behind Boston keeping up with the reloaded New York Yankees goes something like this: A full season of a healthy Price will bolster a rotation that already has a quality ace in Sale, plus 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner Porcello and All-Stars Pomeranz and Wright. The Red Sox also are staking their chances on the hope that Ramirez can be more like the player he was in 2016 (.286, 30, 111); that Pedroia will return quickly and be healthy and productive; that 20-year-old third baseman Devers will be able to stay up for a full season; and that Bradley won't have another second-half slump. The bullpen, anchored by Kimbrel, remains strong.
PREVIEW
Boston's Sale faces Astros' Verlander in Game 1 of ALCS
 

BOSTON -- A year ago, Justin Verlander won two games for the Houston Astros in the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox, one as a starter and one in relief.

Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale was the loser in both of those games -- also one as a starter and the other in relief.

The two aces, former foes in the American League Central, match up again when their teams square off in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday night at Fenway Park.

"This is a rematch of last year," Sale said Friday. "Obviously, the winner of this one goes to the World Series. So like I've been saying the whole time, just keep playing the same game, not trying to reach for more, not trying to be better than I am. We shouldn't play as a team like that, either."

As far as making up for last year, Sale said, "It's one of those things that you learn more from your mistakes than you do sometimes your successes. You try to flip the script and be better from it, and try to keep the momentum rolling forward."

Sale went 12-4 with a 2.11 ERA during the 2018 regular season, and he is 1-2 with a 6.19 ERA in the postseason in his career.

Verlander, who was 16-9 with a 2.52 ERA in the regular season, is 12-6 with a 3.08 ERA lifetime in the postseason, including 12-2 in the LDS and LCS.

The Astros, who swept the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS, are seeking to become the first repeat World Series champions since the 2000 New York Yankees.

"The fun part about this team is that the bar is so high for these guys," said Astros manager A.J. Hinch, "and they continue to try to work toward exceeding expectations, either personally or as a team. It's a great attribute for these guys to continue to reach for it."

The Red Sox have home field advantage for this best-of-seven series but the Astros had a major league-best 57-24 road record this season. They had the lowest ERA in baseball for both their starters (3.16) and relievers (3.03).

This will be the eighth time Sale and Verlander will faces each other as starters -- and Verlander has the clear advantage over the first seven.

In this postseason, both won Game 1 of his respective series.

Sale, who had pitched only 17 innings since July 27 thanks to shoulder trouble, went 5 1/3 innings, yielding two runs on five hits and striking out eight to beat the Yankees. He also pitched a perfect eighth inning in the Game 4 finale.

Verlander beat the Indians in his team's Game 1, going 5 1/3 inning and allowing two runs on two hits, striking out seven and taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning.

According to STATS, in those seven previous games, Verlander is 3-0 with a 2.06 ERA, an 0.98 WHIP and .207 opponents' batting average against Sale's teams. Sale is 1-3 with a 3.97 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP and .261 batting average against when pitching against Verlander's teams.

Sale is 5-2 with a 1.83 ERA in seven career regular season starts against the Astros. Verlander is 5-5 with a 2.89 ERA in 18 career regular season starts against the Red Sox - including 3-3 with a 3.51 ERA in 10 starts at Fenway.

Both have pitched once against the Saturday night opponent this season.

June 1 at Houston, Sale was the loser, allowing four runs on six hits in six innings. The next night, Verlander didn't get a decision against Boston, going six innings and yielding two runs on three hits in a solid start. The Astros won the game, part of their 4-3 season series win over the Red Sox.

Boston's J.D. Martinez, happy to no longer have to face Sale, squares off against his former team in this series. Martinez, like David Ortiz a decade before, was released, only to wind up a hero in Boston.

"My failures in Houston made me who I am," Martinez said Friday, adding he has "no animosity" towards the Astros.

For the record, Martinez is 9-for-38 (.237) with 16 strikeouts, three homers and six RBIs lifetime against Sale.

George Springer, who is fast turning into the new Mr. October, is 5-for-14 (.357) with a homer and Jose Altuve 8-for-24 (.333) lifetime against Sale. But Jake Marisnick is 1-for-11 (.091), Marwin Gonzalez 1-for-9 (.111), Evan Gattis 2-for-12 (.167), Josh Reddick 3-for-14 (.214) and Carlos Correa 3-for-13 (.231).

Eduardo Nunez leads the Red Sox against Verlander, going 6-for-18 (.333), while Mitch Moreland is 10-for-32 (.313) and Brock Holt 3-for-10 (.300). But Mookie Betts is 0-for-13 (.000), Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley Jr. are both 1-for-9 (.111), Ian Kinsler 6-for-38 (.158), Sandy Leon 2-for-9 (.222) and Xander Bogaerts 4-for-17 (.235).

Moreland, who sustained a hamstring injury in the ALDS, went through a full workout Friday and his spot on the LCS roster will be determined Saturday.

For the Astros, Hector Rondon and Joe Smith have replaced Will Harris and Myles Straw on the roster.

Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright, out with a knee injury, will undergo the same arthroscopic procedure that Dustin Pedroia had in July (from the same doctor) and still hopes to be available for a potential World Series. Pedroia was not able to make it back.


Last Updated: 10/17/2018 11:49:35 PM EST


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