LEADING OFF: Bregman stirs up ALCS, Grandal sits for Dodgers

Elena Summers
October 16, 2018

"I understand the narratives". But this is bigger than David Price.

If Alex Bregman was trying to get a rise out of the Boston Red Sox, it didn't work.

And, finally, for the first time since he arrived in 2016 on a seven-year, $217 million deal, it was. When Betts gets on base, Martinez will have to cash in. He also turned a walk into the eventual winning run when he danced around the bases on a wild pitch and two passed balls.

Pearce was the only Red Sox to fire back at Bregman over his troll job; Eovaldi said he was aware of the videos but downplayed them, while Red Sox backup catcher Blake Swihart, who grew up with Bregman, tried to see things from the young Astro's perspective. Only Cole factored into the decision; he took the loss after retiring the final 10 batters he faced to cap his six-inning performance.

Cora maintained before the game that Sunday was not a must-win. "From what I know, it is nothing serious", Cora said, according to Coley Harvey of ESPN. But the truth is that the outcome changed the complexion of the ALCS. We need more people to talk about the game. The Red Sox had home field advantage but promptly ceded it with the Game 1 loss. "But the less of those (bases-loaded) at-bats that we can get, the better, because he's a ticking time bomb to do some kind of damage". They trotted out a pair of Cy Young Award candidates-ace Justin Verlander, whose 6.2 WAR was third in the league, and No. 2 Gerrit Cole, whose 5.3 was sixth-in the first two games and should probably have won both.

"It's a little uncharacteristic", Hinch said. "He's one of the most dynamic hitters in baseball". "So you can imagine my thought was panic and fear whenever he comes up to bat with no escape". There is no telling how this start will go for him, but there are worse options. Eovaldi didn't seem bothered by the video, saying he doesn't have social media, and Cora dismissed the idea that the post will give the Red Sox any added push.

Price was just one out away from his first ever playoff victory as he worked 4.2 innings, allowing five hits and four earned runs on 80 pitches. He kept insisting that he could take the heightened scrutiny, but not until Sunday did he show that. "I'm attacking it a lot differently now", Eovaldi said. He allowed two runs in five innings in the Game 3 clincher against Cleveland. George Springer doubled down the rightfield line on a ball that traveled 135 feet.

That Price managed to pitch into the fifth and hand over a lead, however slim, to his bullpen represented some sort of breakthrough for the star-crossed lefty. He struck out José Altuve and walked off the mound to a standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 37,960.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch warned that his team shouldn't get too confident against Eovaldi, who threw one of the best postseason starts of the year when he held the Yankees to one run in seven innings in the ALDS. Danielle Peck singing the National Anthem and God Bless American in front of her old boyfriend, Josh Beckett, before and during Game 5 of the 2007 ALCS?

In 1912, Tris Speaker hit.300 with no home runs and two RBI as the Sox defeated the Giants, 4-3, in the World Series.

Price told reporters after the Game 2 win that while he recognizes the narratives regarding his lack of postseason success, his focus is on the bigger picture.

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