2021 ALCS Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros

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Poll will close just before first pitch:

Game 1: Red Sox at Astros, Friday, October 15 (FOX)

Game 2: Red Sox at Astros, Saturday, October 16

Game 3: Astros at Red Sox, Monday, October 18 (FS1)

Game 4: Astros at Red Sox, Tuesday, October 19 (FS1)

Game 5 (if necessary):Astros at Red Sox, Wednesday, October 20 (FS1)

Game 6 (if necessary): Red Sox at Astros, Friday, October 22 (FS1)

Game 7 (if necessary): Red Sox at Astros, Saturday, October 23

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Astros in 6 3
Red Sox in 6 2
Astros in 5 2
Red Sox in 4 0
Red Sox in 5 0
Red Sox in 7 0
Astros in 4 0
Astros in 7 0


Bee OK, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 20:29 (one week ago) link

Astros in 6

Bee OK, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 20:30 (one week ago) link

first game is on Fox and not just cable, good

Bee OK, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 20:30 (one week ago) link

hope the astros win and i don't care if they gotta cheat to do it

, Thursday, 14 October 2021 01:40 (six days ago) link

No winners here. Let's be honest, Dusty will find a way to f'k it up Houston. Maybe he will wait until the World Series, but every town that dude has managed he has left the fanbase with at least one good punch to the guts.

earlnash, Thursday, 14 October 2021 11:06 (six days ago) link

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System, Friday, 15 October 2021 00:01 (five days ago) link

the astros’ record against the sox this year shows them comprehensively better at everything but this is october. i know people love hating on the red sox but if any team deserves to lose and have their dreams dashed this year it’s houston so bring it on. nobody expected these sox to amount to much of anything. i love kyle schwarber. i love raffy. i love christian arroyo. tanner houck is mr steal your girl and the first pitcher i can remember since cc sabathia who wears his cap down low over his eyes like a gunslinger. i love him. i love kiké hernandez. can’t stand j.d., i still think of bobby dalbec as a large adult son who’s going to be washed up by the time he’s 25, renfro’s okay but dumb as a box of rocks, verdugo starting to look that way too… i dunno man. this is i think demonstrably the worst red sox team to make the alcs and i am sad we’re not seeing wander and randy but i’m going to soak up every minute of it.

Tracer Hand, Friday, 15 October 2021 00:11 (five days ago) link

Astros are punks

calstars, Friday, 15 October 2021 00:21 (five days ago) link

nah fuck the red sox

, Friday, 15 October 2021 00:43 (five days ago) link

the time for boring moralism is over the astros are now lovable antiheros who take down all the teams i hate by any means necessary

, Friday, 15 October 2021 00:43 (five days ago) link

Nah fuck the Astros.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 15 October 2021 01:57 (five days ago) link

Red Sox in 6. I've found them pretty entertaining the past couple of weeks, even when I was cursing them for coming back against Washington. (It was actually Washington I was cursing.)

clemenza, Friday, 15 October 2021 18:38 (five days ago) link

the red sox should not be rewarded for trading mookie betts

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Friday, 15 October 2021 18:39 (five days ago) link

none of these remaining four teams should be rewarded tbh

mookieproof, Friday, 15 October 2021 18:47 (five days ago) link

Agree that letting Betts get away--a face-of-the-franchise player if there ever was one--was symbolically terrible; in a cold, hard, business sense, it unfortunately seems to have worked out for them, at least this year.

clemenza, Friday, 15 October 2021 18:49 (five days ago) link

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System, Saturday, 16 October 2021 00:01 (four days ago) link

tracer -- how, if at all, are you watching this?

mookieproof, Saturday, 16 October 2021 00:13 (four days ago) link

Very rude of Kiké Hernández to interrupt an interview.

Andy K, Saturday, 16 October 2021 01:11 (four days ago) link

That would never happen if Andy K was commissioner

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 16 October 2021 01:26 (four days ago) link

McCullers out for the series, Sale has been horrible, I think we're in for a week of 7-6 bullpen games.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Saturday, 16 October 2021 03:19 (four days ago) link

me

https://i.postimg.cc/XYzb1pKB/image.png

, Saturday, 16 October 2021 04:20 (four days ago) link

mookie in general i watch these the next day (removing this bookmark now…) but i’m going to skip last night’s because game 2 starts at 9pm my time. one full-length postseason game per day is enough for anybody i think. the nice thing about watching on delay is skipping the ad breaks! very much enjoying the WEEI audio on MLB.TV as well (no blackouts if you’re international)

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 16 October 2021 08:03 (four days ago) link

"This guy is simply LeBron James of baseball.. Any field he is on he's the best player, he's the strongest and he's the fastest. America, Carlos Correa is the real deal."

- @AROD pic.twitter.com/MAYbEKjYHT

— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 16, 2021

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Saturday, 16 October 2021 20:20 (four days ago) link

Kike is on fire, currently batting .500 in the postseason

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 16 October 2021 21:22 (four days ago) link

Wow grand slams in back to back innings by Boston. That’s probably a post season record.

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 16 October 2021 21:25 (four days ago) link

first time with two in a game, let alone in consecutive innings

mookieproof, Saturday, 16 October 2021 21:31 (four days ago) link

this was always the plan

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 16 October 2021 21:39 (four days ago) link

how can it still just be the 4th this is insane

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 16 October 2021 22:09 (four days ago) link

i'm told it took odorizzi 14 minutes to warm up; manfred must have been fuming

mookieproof, Saturday, 16 October 2021 22:11 (four days ago) link

maybe they could come to consensus to just play 7?

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 16 October 2021 22:17 (four days ago) link

christian arroyo really likes bouncing those throws to first

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 16 October 2021 22:18 (four days ago) link

Game done in 4:08 barely beating yesterday's 4:07

The 1939 world series was over in 7:05

, Sunday, 17 October 2021 00:40 (three days ago) link

Will the Sox lose 1-0 tomorrow?

Andy K, Tuesday, 19 October 2021 01:28 (yesterday) link

prob not

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 19 October 2021 01:29 (yesterday) link

Red Sox offense not only peaking at the right time, but doing it with lots of exclamation marks.

I thought Schwarber’s career was on its last legs at the beginning of the year. Was pretty wrong about that.

Michael F Gill, Tuesday, 19 October 2021 01:33 (yesterday) link

I turned this game on at the bar where I was working a private event, and we served drinks, appetizers, dinner and dessert, then shot the shit a few minutes and divided up tips and now I'm back home and it's STILL only the end of the 4th! Jeez!

Profiles in Liquid Courage (WmC), Tuesday, 19 October 2021 02:09 (yesterday) link

I though a Red Sox-Braves WS might be the fewest combined wins ever (180), but I found at least one with fewer: 1973 A's/Mets (176).

clemenza, Tuesday, 19 October 2021 03:20 (yesterday) link

This game was only 3 hours 16 minutes, which is short for a postseason game. I didn’t even have time to finish the marathon I was running. Geez.

Michael F Gill, Tuesday, 19 October 2021 03:30 (yesterday) link

red sox - braves would be the world series that would make the True Baseball Heads the maddest which is why it must happen obv, also i love the red sox obv

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 19 October 2021 22:57 (yesterday) link

why would it make true baseball heads the maddest? no one wants houston or LA in the WS again. everyone wants the braves in.

except me, because of that neverending fucking chant

, Tuesday, 19 October 2021 23:40 (yesterday) link

I am with you there.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 20 October 2021 03:40 (nineteen hours ago) link

Maybe I'm over-analyzing, but when I watch Altuve now, he doesn't seem like the joyous pre-scandal guy.

clemenza, Wednesday, 20 October 2021 04:21 (nineteen hours ago) link

i can imagine getting booed for two years takes a toll (unless you're a guy like bregman, who obviously thrives on it)

mookieproof, Wednesday, 20 October 2021 04:45 (eighteen hours ago) link

Braves vs Red Sox would be a first time meeting between two of the original 16 franchises, that alone makes it an interesting matchup (not to mention the Braves' history in Boston).

NoTimeBeforeTime, Wednesday, 20 October 2021 07:50 (fifteen hours ago) link

(xpost) Yeah--I think that, and I also suspect he (unlike a Bregman) has a lot of lingering guilt/shame.

clemenza, Wednesday, 20 October 2021 10:33 (twelve hours ago) link

Don't notice the same thing with Correa or (especially, because I see him a lot) Springer. Which is why I wonder if I'm projecting a bit: Altuve was pretty much my favourite player during his "I literally love Justin Verlander!" peak.

clemenza, Wednesday, 20 October 2021 10:36 (twelve hours ago) link

I think Boston and ATL would also on a TV feature side to feature something about Babe Ruth and the pandemic world series of 1918 and something on the late Hank Aaron. There would be things for the talking heads to discuss outside the match up.

earlnash, Wednesday, 20 October 2021 13:16 (ten hours ago) link

But really...cart before the horse, it's the Bravos.

LA and Houston...yeech, I would just avoid as I don't want either club to win and someone would.

earlnash, Wednesday, 20 October 2021 13:20 (ten hours ago) link

I mean - if it comes down to LA or Houston, I know which team I *definitely* wouldn’t want winning.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 20 October 2021 14:40 (eight hours ago) link

What Cora was thinking bringing in Martin Perez in the 9th still just down by 1 I have no idea. Probably the worst reliever on the Sox.

And Pivetta had only thrown 65 pitches through 5. Why not let him go another? Then you don’t have to put fucking Martin Perez out there in one of the highest leverage relief situations of the entire season.

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 20 October 2021 20:24 (three hours ago) link

idk if it's because chaim is now boston's gm or because of general rays copycatting, but the entire league is now scared shitless of the 'third time through the order' penalty in the playoffs

but yeah, cora's pitcher usage seems a little extra batshit

mookieproof, Wednesday, 20 October 2021 21:55 (one hour ago) link


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