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MLB : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 10/17/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
BOSTON  PORCELLO )
 
HOUSTON  MORTON )
+1.5  -160

-1.5  +140
+135

-145

8.5un
 
8
Final
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BOSTON (113 - 56) at HOUSTON (107 - 61)
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Wednesday, 10/17/2018 8:35 PM
RICK PORCELLO (R) vs. CHARLIE MORTON (R)
AL Championship Series - Best of 7 - Game 4
Board OpeningLatest
 LineTotalLineTotal
913BOSTON+130Ov 8.5,+100+135Ov 8.5,+105
914HOUSTON-140Un 8.5,-120-145Un 8.5,-125
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPSLGOPSRunsAvgOBPSLGOPS
All Games113-56+35.682-795.40.2680.3350.4380.7734.00.2360.3020.3760.678
Road Games54-30+21.343-405.20.2570.3290.4160.7453.90.2360.3040.3740.678
vs Right-handed Starters89-40+32.363-605.50.2710.3410.4420.7833.90.2330.3010.3690.670
Past 7 Games5-2+45-26.30.2510.3320.3810.7134.00.2050.3050.3100.615
Grass Games102-48+35.474-685.60.2720.3390.4470.7863.90.2350.3000.3750.676
Night Games78-46+17.163-545.40.2640.3330.4350.7684.20.2380.3040.3840.687
Playoff games5-2+45-26.30.2510.3320.3810.7134.00.2050.3050.3100.615
BOSTON - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABH2B3BHRSLGRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games5.40.2680.33516958621569334312000.438869598130512511721507910961
Road Games5.20.2570.329842950759138111030.4164153136726058084425140
Righty Starters5.50.2710.34112944861214262211550.442670482100196911124618449
BOSTON - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games3.721.293616.62642555336826465741-17491972.1%
Road Games3.731.3332851211182433313730717-1125875.8%

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPSLGOPSRunsAvgOBPSLGOPS
All Games107-61-175-855.00.2550.3260.4140.7403.30.2160.2750.3460.621
Home Games48-36-26.639-434.60.2490.3240.3930.7173.60.2150.2690.3590.628
vs Right-handed Starters69-37+6.346-554.90.2520.3210.4140.7353.30.2140.2760.3360.612
Past 7 Games4-3-0.65-25.00.2370.3360.4120.7483.90.1910.2520.2820.534
Grass Games104-57+1.975-795.10.2570.3290.4180.7473.30.2150.2740.3470.621
Night Games68-44-1147-614.70.2510.3250.3980.7233.20.2150.2760.3470.623
Playoff games4-2+1.75-15.80.2620.3630.4600.8243.80.1800.2480.2700.517
HOUSTON - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABH2B3BHRSLGRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games5.00.2550.32616856541439259182020.41479659712466911021846311959
Home Games4.60.2490.3248427166751154900.3933663035913854784354733
Righty Starters4.90.2520.321106354689416471320.41449936276241683112437633
HOUSTON - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games3.061.061518.31841764065414460732-24472169.1%
Home Games3.751.144261.3113109229367030615-15171258.6%
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
BOSTON - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
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)2-7L-1157.5 evO351591
10/14/2018PRICE(L)HOUSTONCOLE(R)7-5W+1208 ovO970771
10/16/2018EOVALDI(R)@ HOUSTONKEUCHEL(L)8-2W1158.5 unO950780
10/17/2018PORCELLO(R)@ HOUSTONMORTON(R) 

HOUSTON - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
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)7-2W1057.5 evO591351
10/14/2018COLE(R)@ BOSTONPRICE(L)5-7L-1308 ovO771970
10/16/2018KEUCHEL(L)BOSTONEOVALDI(R)2-8L-1258.5 unO780950
10/17/2018MORTON(R)BOSTONPORCELLO(R) 
KEY GAME INFORMATION
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.
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.
PREVIEW
Red Sox-Astros Preview
 

HOUSTON -- Like staff mate Dallas Keuchel but to an even greater extent, Houston right-hander Charlie Morton has been more observer than participant in recent weeks because of the Astros' success combined with off days that are part of the annual postseason schedule.

When Morton starts Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park with the Astros trailing 2-1 in the series, it will be his first appearance since Sept. 30.

Morton toed the rubber in the regular-season finale against the Baltimore Orioles and worked just three innings by design, capping an odd final month that saw him limited to 15 innings in four starts because of lingering right shoulder discomfort.

Given the confluence of his extended break and those health concerns, the expectations for how deep into the game Morton might work against the Red Sox are unknown.

"I know he feels the best he's felt in the last month or so, which is a good sign," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said of Morton. "That's what he said (Monday). I think adrenaline will go a long way. So I think you have to watch pitch quality. I have to be prepared for him to go three innings like he did in Baltimore or if he's cruising (more than that).

"We know our players so we'll know when fatigue is starting to set in or when he's not feeling it or if he starts spraying the ball a little bit. I'll be pretty aggressive with the bullpen (Wednesday) if need be, but I don't want to doubt Charlie from the get-go and all of a sudden be looking for a problem that doesn't exist."

Morton isn't entering his sixth career postseason start with any pre-set limitations.

"I'm assuming that they'll let me go as far as I'm effective," said Morton, who was 2-1 with a 4.24 ERA in the 2017 postseason. "As far as the pitch count, I don't know why there would be a pitch count."

Right-hander Rick Porcello (1-0, 1.35 ERA this postseason) will start for the Red Sox. Porcello has toggled between the rotation and the bullpen this postseason, working in relief in Game 1 of the AL Division Series against the New York Yankees before pitching five solid innings and locking up the decision as Boston clinched that series in Game 4 at Yankee Stadium on Oct. 9.

Porcello is following the same path against the Astros. He completed a scoreless eighth inning and had two strikeouts in Game 2 at Fenway Park, handing the ball to closer Craig Kimbrel in that 7-5 victory. The immediacy of relief work has yielded a more emotional response from Porcello, who deems it prudent to wrangle his emotions when he pitches starting in the first.

"I don't know that I'm pitching with more emotion," Porcello said. "I think as a starter you're trying to cover the course of a whole ballgame," he said. "So you're kind of trying to keep your emotions in check just because you've got a lot of baseball to pitch. You don't want to get too high, too low, whatever it is.

"But I feel like I've had the last inning of the start if I get a big out, big strikeout, I've shown emotion the same as I have coming out of the bullpen. So really I don't feel like I'm doing anything different besides trying to lock down those three outs and it's just about that one inning for me. I don't have to worry about facing a lineup three times through and covering a whole ballgame."


Last Updated: 11/13/2018 10:33:08 PM EST


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