It’s safe to say these Boston Red Sox haven’t gotten the hang of the postseason.
The Red Sox took another 8-2 loss to the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Friday after falling by the same score in Game 1 on Thursday to drop to 0-2 in their American League Division Series matchup. It’s much of the same after last postseason when they were swept by the Cleveland Indians.
And then there’s this:
Of course, last season’s (and this season’s) Indians were one of the best teams in baseball, and the Astros are, too. But it still is a little baffling how the Red Sox haven’t been able to carry any of their regular season success into the postseason over the last two years. In 2016, Boston had Major League Baseball’s best offense but couldn’t muster any runs in October. The club had some of the best pitching this season, but that began to unravel in September.
A lot of the team is young and inexperienced, but so were the 2016 Chicago Cubs, and they won the World Series. But it’s clear that something just hasn’t been clicking for the Red Sox, and now their fate is in the hands of Game 3 starter Doug Fister.
The Red Sox and Astros meet again Sunday at 2:38 p.m. ET at Fenway Park.
Here are some more notes from Friday’s loss.
— The Astros announced their starters for both potential games at Fenway. Brad Peacock will take the mound Sunday in Game 3, per the Houston Chronicle’s Jake Kaplan, while Charlie Morton will start Game 4 if necessary.
— Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia summed up the series so far pretty well.
— David Price was phenomenal in relief again, giving up just one hit with one walk and two strikeouts over 2 2/3 innings of work. Red Sox manager John Farrell said the team wouldn’t rule out a short start for the left-hander, per MassLive’s Jen McCaffrey, but Fister still is the starter for Sunday.
— It certainly doesn’t help the Red Sox that right fielder Mookie Betts still is battling a wrist injury he suffered Sept. 25.
Betts still told reporters he’ll be fine for Game 3, but it doesn’t sound as though he’ll be 100 percent.
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