2018 ALCS - Houston Astros vs Boston Red Sox

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It'll be the second highest combined win total in a playoff series. There isn't much doubt that these are the best two teams in the AL. Who wins?

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Astros in 7 2
Red Sox in 7 2
Astros in 4 1
Astros in 5 1
Astros in 6 1
Red Sox in 4 0
Red Sox in 5 0
Red Sox in 6 0


NoTimeBeforeTime, Thursday, 11 October 2018 05:32 (two months ago) Permalink

The highest win total was in the 1998 WS (Yanks 114, Padres 98, total 212). But the Yankees get most of the credit for that record. These teams totaled 211 wins, but they're both legitimate powerhouses.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Thursday, 11 October 2018 05:36 (two months ago) Permalink

Short of Osuna falling down an escalator and breaking everything, I can't root for either team in this matchup, just hope that the winner gets smoked like the '54 Indians in the WS.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 11 October 2018 11:22 (two months ago) Permalink

(with that bullpen I suspect HOU will win)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 11 October 2018 11:23 (two months ago) Permalink

HoStros in 5

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 11 October 2018 15:47 (two months ago) Permalink

Hoping for the Sox to win because: 1. Osuna shouldn't play in the majors ever again, 2. Mookie Betts I mean c'mon.

But really I think this Astros rotation/bullpen combination is too much.

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 11 October 2018 16:29 (two months ago) Permalink

I like both teams. I can't stop liking Altuve and Verlander and Bregman just because Osuna's there. What I'd really like to see is marquee match-ups like Sale/Verlander actually turn out to be marquee match-ups, instead of both starters being gone by the 5th.

clemenza, Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:55 (two months ago) Permalink

this should be a great series. I think the Astros are the better team, especially when taking bullpen into account. Astros in 6

k3vin k., Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00 (two months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 12 October 2018 00:01 (two months ago) Permalink

I just don't know the AL. Feel like the Astros adding Cole should do it but Boston had a great year.

Bee OK, Friday, 12 October 2018 02:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Voted Astros in 7

Bee OK, Friday, 12 October 2018 02:26 (two months ago) Permalink

Houston won 103 and did not have the Orioles completely tanking in their division. Red Sox are really good but I think the Astros are a bit deeper in pitching, both in rotation and bullpen. Boston have had a great year at the plate and their lineup is very deep.

It's a great matchup on paper and could make for some good games.

earlnash, Friday, 12 October 2018 03:10 (two months ago) Permalink

i hope it goes 7 but i think 6 seems about right, i'm leaning Astros.

omar little, Friday, 12 October 2018 04:35 (two months ago) Permalink

every time sox/stros played this year it felt like playoff baseball. this is going to be a great series. to me the astros feel like they have just a bit more of the killer instinct. and yeah i think they have the pitching edge. stros in 6, maybe even 5. so hard to say though.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 12 October 2018 08:40 (two months ago) Permalink

I might watch this series and root for Boston just cause that little guy on the astros annoys the fuck out of me

calstars, Friday, 12 October 2018 10:09 (two months ago) Permalink

you're watching wrong, pal

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 12 October 2018 14:06 (two months ago) Permalink

Rooting for Houston. Boston can fuck off

calstars, Saturday, 13 October 2018 23:56 (two months ago) Permalink

Altuve can still F off tho

calstars, Sunday, 14 October 2018 00:19 (two months ago) Permalink

My dad’s rooting for Boston though

calstars, Sunday, 14 October 2018 00:38 (two months ago) Permalink

Tigers fans watching Justin Verlander vs. J.D. Martinez pic.twitter.com/0q58QTvvGl

— Jon Tayler, Smiling Politely (@JATayler) October 14, 2018

OTM

Andy K, Sunday, 14 October 2018 00:45 (two months ago) Permalink

Don't think I'd go with Sale for much longer--lot of pitches, and when he misses, he's way out there.

clemenza, Sunday, 14 October 2018 00:51 (two months ago) Permalink

Dr. Who's theme for the replay review at Fenway.

Van Horn Street, Sunday, 14 October 2018 01:08 (two months ago) Permalink

Betts, Martinez, and Bregman the top 3 MVP candidates--k3vin k. just kicked over his TV.

clemenza, Sunday, 14 October 2018 01:19 (two months ago) Permalink

gotta sell the game

Van Horn Street, Sunday, 14 October 2018 01:31 (two months ago) Permalink

'2 of the top three 3 have been eliminated! stay tuned!'

Van Horn Street, Sunday, 14 October 2018 01:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Dustin Pedroia: sounding board with chronic knee problems

Andy K, Sunday, 14 October 2018 01:37 (two months ago) Permalink

Verlander making them look like the White Sox.

Van Horn Street, Sunday, 14 October 2018 01:40 (two months ago) Permalink

Justin, Justin...0-2?

clemenza, Sunday, 14 October 2018 02:05 (two months ago) Permalink

Verlander making them look like the Red Sox.

Van Horn Street, Sunday, 14 October 2018 02:07 (two months ago) Permalink

have a good TBS feed, but listening to the excellent radio team of Scaimbi & Mendoza

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 14 October 2018 02:07 (two months ago) Permalink

Verlander and Maldonado are just not working well together.

Van Horn Street, Sunday, 14 October 2018 02:08 (two months ago) Permalink

pitch framing much more valued than blocking pitches these days, it seems

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 14 October 2018 02:09 (two months ago) Permalink

Thought Verlander caught a break on those last two strikes to Benintendi.

clemenza, Sunday, 14 October 2018 02:10 (two months ago) Permalink

that was ball four to benintendi

mookieproof, Sunday, 14 October 2018 02:11 (two months ago) Permalink

You're all outta here.

Andy K, Sunday, 14 October 2018 02:14 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah, dumbfuck Bregman, they wanted you to hit you leading off

go Sox

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 14 October 2018 02:16 (two months ago) Permalink

Bregman the new Pedroia

Van Horn Street, Sunday, 14 October 2018 02:19 (two months ago) Permalink

is Angel Hernandez behind the plate?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 14 October 2018 02:20 (two months ago) Permalink

Joe Kelly seems like someone who would punch a loaf of bread for not being fluffy enough

— Jeff Sullivan (@based_ball) October 14, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 14 October 2018 02:33 (two months ago) Permalink

Joe West obvs on Sawx payroll

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Sunday, 14 October 2018 03:21 (two months ago) Permalink

lol Joe West got drilled at second base.

Van Horn Street, Sunday, 14 October 2018 03:21 (two months ago) Permalink

Joe West with dead cat like reflexes pic.twitter.com/KOwwGI5K28

— The Sports Quotient (@SportsQuotient) October 14, 2018

1-800-CALL-ATT (Karl Malone), Sunday, 14 October 2018 03:38 (two months ago) Permalink

thought it might just vanish into his body like a black hole

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Sunday, 14 October 2018 03:55 (two months ago) Permalink

<3 tony kemp

mookieproof, Sunday, 14 October 2018 03:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Astros looking good

Bee OK, Sunday, 14 October 2018 04:16 (two months ago) Permalink

that was just a weird ass game

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Sunday, 14 October 2018 04:28 (two months ago) Permalink

Will Price make it through three innings?

Andy K, Sunday, 14 October 2018 22:21 (two months ago) Permalink

that's one

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 14 October 2018 23:23 (two months ago) Permalink

Terrific game through 8 but yeah, it was weird. Two aces who had nightmare innings. The difference was at third - Bregman is just on a different level from Nunez (or Raffy, had he been playing). Until the ninth of course, but somehow it felt over before then.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 14 October 2018 23:35 (two months ago) Permalink

I like David Price, so I hate seeing this.

clemenza, Monday, 15 October 2018 00:13 (two months ago) Permalink

My confidence level in Price tonight is at least 7%. But I'd love to be surprised.

clemenza, Friday, 19 October 2018 00:10 (one month ago) Permalink

well the Reagan/Bush '84 hat didn't help. between those guys and Osuna I'm kind of ready to hate the stros at this point tbh

xpost ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 19 October 2018 00:11 (one month ago) Permalink

"A very graphic metaphor by A.J. Hinch there..."--that made me laugh.

clemenza, Friday, 19 October 2018 00:29 (one month ago) Permalink

i wonder if they sell the r/b caps in the team store

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 October 2018 00:31 (one month ago) Permalink

btw if anyone has a feed that doesnt suck that'd be great

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 October 2018 00:32 (one month ago) Permalink

coming in great on mobdro app

the dutiful and the banned (rip van wanko), Friday, 19 October 2018 00:40 (one month ago) Permalink

morbro app

Andy K, Friday, 19 October 2018 00:59 (one month ago) Permalink

price’s beard is so bad

mookieproof, Friday, 19 October 2018 01:01 (one month ago) Permalink

Now I kinda want the Astros fans to rob a catch from Mookie again, that's the perverse effect of Sox Nation on how I enjoy the game.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 19 October 2018 01:02 (one month ago) Permalink

Ex-Tiger > ex-Tiger

Andy K, Friday, 19 October 2018 01:08 (one month ago) Permalink

googleassistant: more shit u don't need

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 October 2018 01:09 (one month ago) Permalink

chris guccione strikes

mookieproof, Friday, 19 October 2018 01:09 (one month ago) Permalink

Bregman is the shortest 6 feet dude i've ever seen.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 19 October 2018 01:11 (one month ago) Permalink

I thought that pitch by Verlander was borderline...Maldonado jerked it up--maybe a strike, but I didn't think it was as clear-cut as the announcers did. Loved Verlander's death-stare at the umpire.

clemenza, Friday, 19 October 2018 01:13 (one month ago) Permalink

maldonado did a poor job framing, but the strike zone tbs has had it as a clear strike

k3vin k., Friday, 19 October 2018 01:15 (one month ago) Permalink

I won't lie: there's a big part of me right now thinking "Quit while you're ahead and get Price out of there." With some help from the ump, he looks good.

clemenza, Friday, 19 October 2018 01:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Brillant at-bat by Gurriel.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 19 October 2018 01:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Next item on the pace of play programme: timeouts while Price is pitching.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 19 October 2018 01:53 (one month ago) Permalink

It was. (x-post)

Think I'd take Price out now--the Guriel AB drove his pitch count up, short rest, the bullpen pitches last night, he's living on borrowed time. He's been great, and if you move on, he's got something to build on. I know he's got the bottom of the lineup coming up--that's the once conceivable rationale I can see for sending him out for the fifth.

clemenza, Friday, 19 October 2018 01:55 (one month ago) Permalink

"one," not "once"

clemenza, Friday, 19 October 2018 01:55 (one month ago) Permalink

He a horse tho.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 19 October 2018 02:05 (one month ago) Permalink

RIP

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 19 October 2018 02:18 (one month ago) Permalink

Whoa!

clemenza, Friday, 19 October 2018 02:18 (one month ago) Permalink

shit

k3vin k., Friday, 19 October 2018 02:20 (one month ago) Permalink

is price coming back in for the 6th? what could go wrong?

k3vin k., Friday, 19 October 2018 02:27 (one month ago) Permalink

His beard, as mookie pointed out.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 19 October 2018 02:28 (one month ago) Permalink

(xpost) "David, you get one baserunner..."

clemenza, Friday, 19 October 2018 02:29 (one month ago) Permalink

hahaha Mookie

Van Horn Street, Friday, 19 October 2018 02:31 (one month ago) Permalink

Astros can't catch a break

the dutiful and the banned (rip van wanko), Friday, 19 October 2018 02:31 (one month ago) Permalink

Can we skip to Kimbrel allowing two walks?

Van Horn Street, Friday, 19 October 2018 03:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Good we need drama.

Lol @ VHS

Bee OK, Friday, 19 October 2018 03:40 (one month ago) Permalink

It's hard to repeat in baseball. I did think they would but not to be

Bee OK, Friday, 19 October 2018 03:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Gotta say I'm just glad we get to see Mookie for another series.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 19 October 2018 03:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Very happy for Price. He's had too good a career to be treated like a running joke.

clemenza, Friday, 19 October 2018 03:49 (one month ago) Permalink

weird to see the red sox celebrate somewhere that isn't yankee stadium

mookieproof, Friday, 19 October 2018 03:53 (one month ago) Permalink

Not seeing Red Sox play all that much, got to say their outfield defense looked amazing in the series.

earlnash, Friday, 19 October 2018 03:56 (one month ago) Permalink

BoSox starting to lay claim to the 21st century in the AL...

omar little, Friday, 19 October 2018 04:23 (one month ago) Permalink

may they be swept next week

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 October 2018 05:22 (one month ago) Permalink

^^

johnny crunch, Friday, 19 October 2018 12:07 (one month ago) Permalink

If it's the Brewers, that's who I'll root for. If it's the Dodgers, I'll root for BOS.

WmC, Friday, 19 October 2018 12:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Same. Would be fully behindbghe dodgers if not for machado. *spits*

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 19 October 2018 12:40 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah if there's one more thing Boston fans need is another title

root vs the (M)ass Evil

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 October 2018 12:57 (one month ago) Permalink

do fuck off, Morbs, thanks so much

WmC, Friday, 19 October 2018 13:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah, jealousy is nagl.

Just for ha-ha's I looked for tickets: $500+ for standing room only. Guess I'm not going to the World Series.

But definitely going to the parade after the Sox win!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 19 October 2018 13:59 (one month ago) Permalink

so weird to have a great Sox team that's actually pretty likeable

frogbs, Friday, 19 October 2018 14:03 (one month ago) Permalink

sorry, no, RSN is a pox upon the land

haha jealousy

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 October 2018 14:08 (one month ago) Permalink

so weird to have a great Sox team that's actually pretty likeable

this is the "likeable Yankees" mistake of 2017 all over again

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 October 2018 14:09 (one month ago) Permalink

but no big deal if you don't share my feelings. Hell, some of you still like Saturday Night Live.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 October 2018 14:24 (one month ago) Permalink

Who's the greatest defender who was ever asked to make a major position change for the World Series in the DH era?

https://www.mlb.com/news/red-sox-could-use-mookie-betts-at-2b-in-ws/c-299383740

clemenza, Saturday, 20 October 2018 22:31 (one month ago) Permalink


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