If you include Sale's dud and Pomeranz's two innings yesterday, Red Sox starters have an 11.09 playoff ERA over the past two seasons. They could be swept from this division series on Sunday at Fenway Park.
"We have been backed into a corner before, it's nothing that we haven't been able to overcome, and it comes down to execution now", Fister said Saturday. "So we fully respect and understood the opponent, and they're playing like that". We can't do a whole lot of things that they can do, but we can do what we can do.
It's a group that has baffled Boston's pitchers thus far, but Fister said his experience in these situations has allowed him to avoid overthinking the moment now that he has the ball.
He might be the only one left who believes it. The Astros attempted to stage a comeback in the sixth inning after knocking Pomeranz out of the game and getting to reliever Carson Smith to make it a 5-2 game with no one out.
Charlie Morton, who beat Fister at Fenway last weekend, is Houston's "if necessary" Game 4 starter, while the Red Sox haven't named a starter if that game is played Monday. But it isn't working, and there's not much to say. "And every time we've made a mistake, they've made us pay for it". The good news is that Sale will be available to start a potential Game 5, and maybe in relief for a potential Game 4-and he will know what to expect. Based on the facts from last postseason and throughout the year the Indians have had the upper hand on the Red Sox. The Yankees, meanwhile, suffered one of the worst playoff defeats in franchise history. So much for the highly anticipated pitching matchups, the Houston hitters are hot! "They fought back and they fought back hard and I gave it right back to them. We did it as a team".
Altuve hit a pair of home runs off the Red Sox ace as Houston pouned the Red Sox 8-2 in the ALDS opener.
Jose Altuve is making his case to be known as the best player in baseball on the biggest stage of his career. The Red Sox simply didn't look ready to play.
NOTES: Sandy Leon usually catches Fister and will get the start over Christian Vazquez.
With the postseason set though, how are Boston's chances?
Betts said his wrist flared up on a swing in the eighth inning but that he's OK. He started having more problems with his right knee in April.
Houston will turn to right-hander Brad Peacock to wrap up the series on Sunday. He surrendered nine hits and one walk and was charged with seven earned runs while striking out six. And so was the Red Sox' season. In 2014, they traded the October stalwart Jon Lester to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes, then flipped Cespedes to Detroit for Rick Porcello. He also said David Price is available to be used in any capacity if need be.
So where do they stand now?
The only postseason victor they have on their roster is Doug Fister, who will get the ball tomorrow in Game 3. He held the deficit at seven with a scoreless eighth inning.
Despite the Red Sox now in an 0-2 hole, there is still a small light at the end of the tunnel.
Below, you'll find the full tv schedule for today's American League and National League Division Series. And their offense can not be stopped.
On Friday afternoon, George Springer was 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk and two runs to help lead the offense. Jose Altuve finished 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs and an RBI.