Boston Red Sox Stifle Houston Astros' Bats, Return To The World Series

Boston Red Sox Stifle Houston Astros' Bats, Return To The World Series

And in Game 1, my fears were justified as the bullpen almost blew a 5-0 lead. The Red Sox were dominant over the first month of the season, starting 17-2, and they rode that wave to a record-breaking 108-win season. Astros hitters made contact with only 12 of those 38 change-ups and they had an average exit velocity of 72 miles per hour - quite weak.

You'll definitely see a much better effort out of the Red Sox than you did last October.

It was a flawless 43rd birthday present for rookie manager Alex Cora, who became the first skipper from Puerto Rico to take a team to the World Series. His velocity dipped in the playoffs, where he won the AL Division Series opener against the New York Yankees and also relieved in the clinching Game 4.

J.D. Martinez and a group of his Red Sox teammates, ski goggles and champagne in tow, were ready to make a memory. It was by far his most successful playoff start.

Cora said before Thursday night's game that the lefty ace was prepared for his next start - either in the ALCS or the World Series opener. The final out was made by Andrew Benintendi, who caught Tony Kemp's deep fly to left, and the Red Sox stormed the field to celebrate. In the last five World Series the team with the higher OPS has won.

Collectively, Astros pitchers posted a WHIP of 1.099 in the regular season, the lowest of any team in more than 100 years. It was the first hit and earned run Barnes had allowed this postseason, following 6 1/3 innings of dominance.

David Price got the first postseason win of his career, pitching six scoreless innings on just three days' rest.

In his last appearance, Price went four-and-two-thirds innings. "And tomorrow we can turn the page and move on to the World Series with David Price".

Many around the game, even many outside their own clubhouse, believed the Astros were the most risky, most flawlessly constructed and most formidable team in baseball right up until the moment, at 11:41 Central time Thursday night, when it was proved they weren't.

Devers connected in the sixth for a 4-0 lead. Altuve's potential two-run homer was wiped out. The team that wins Game 1 will have the advantage. "It's kind of something I did one night, kind of a spur of the moment thing, and I think we ended up coming back and winning that game".

Although Boston outfielder Mookie Betts did not come down with the ball, he was close to catching it and possibly would have had a fan not interfered with his glove.

When Boston wasn't robbing him of extra-base hits, it often pitched around him and accepted a walk as an acceptable outcome. Bregman's misfortune captures one big reason why Houston's season is over.