Red Sox vs Astros: How ALDS opponents match up

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 23: A general view of Minute Maid Park during the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros on April 23, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 23: A general view of Minute Maid Park during the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros on April 23, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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ST. PETERSBURG, FL – AUGUST 29: Manager A.J. Hinch of the Houston Astros, left, looks on during the fourth inning against the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field on August 29, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Jason Behnken / Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – AUGUST 29: Manager A.J. Hinch of the Houston Astros, left, looks on during the fourth inning against the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field on August 29, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Jason Behnken / Getty Images) /

WHO WILL WIN?

As a Boston fan, one must hope and the team did get the division title with 93 wins. Boston certainly went on winning streaks and losing streaks, but so did Houston with a miserable 11-17 August where they were outscored. That, however, was addressed with the acquisition of Verlander. Houston has fewer variables in the rotation.

The bullpen for Boston is a big plus with Kimbrel and Price. The bad news is that when Price comes in it is probably an early exit for a starter. If Boston can consistently get to Kimbrel that means they have a chance.

Managerial issue means little.  John Farrell managed well enough considering the loss of key players.  Hinch had only one issue and that was getting the best record. So, trial by fire certainly goes to Farrell and the Red Sox who had to fend off the Yankees.

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The Houston offense is scary, frightening, relentless, etc., etc. This team is very Red Sox like – at least previous Red Sox teams – in the way their batting order just keeps on coming at you. There seems to be no real rest for a pitcher facing Houston as they hit for both average and power.  A very impressive team.

FINAL: Houston in four games