The Boston Red Sox did what they had to do to extend this series yesterday. Instead of giving up after getting down 3-0 early, they responded impressively with 10 straight runs. The Astros had no answer, as they took a 10-3 loss and will need to try again to wrap up the series. They have to quickly put that one in the past and forget about it. There is no time for the Astros to allow the Red Sox to get hot.
They are just two straight games away from being eliminated from the postseason. Nevertheless, they are still in the driver seat. A win today or in Houston would do the trick. The final win can sometimes be the toughest, and the Astros learned yesterday that it might not be as easy as they thought after smashing the Red Sox in Game 1 and 2.
Brad Peacock had been so reliable for the Astros, but came up empty in Game 3. Instead of protecting their 3-0 lead, Peacock gave up 3 runs and that was the end of his day. Francisco Liriano didn’t offer any help and was yanked quickly after allowing the go-ahead run. From there, the Red Sox didn’t blow it open until the 7th. Boston poured it on, scoring 6 runs in the bottom of the 7th.
Hanley Ramirez led the way, hitting a perfect 4/4 and bringing home 3 runs. Rafael Devers and Jackie Bradley Jr. also went deep in the winning cause for the Red Sox. The often-overlooked Charlie Morton will look to respond for the Astros, while Rick Porcello has his eyes on bringing the series back to Houston. Note that this is an early afternoon start in Boston at Fenway. I don’t care for the start time, but what can you do. Head below for our free Astros vs. Red Sox pick for Game 4 of the ALDS in Boston.
Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox Pick
Charlie Morton (14-7, 3.62 ERA) vs. Rick Porcello (11-17, 4.62 ERA)
If you didn’t follow baseball, you wouldn’t know who Charlie Morton is. Heck, if you’re just a casual observer you wouldn’t know who Charlie Morton in. Astros’ fans know about him, though. He provides a tremendous arm at the backend of the rotation for the Astros. He is no ace, but when you have a guy in your rotation who isn’t the first, second, or third option, and he’s posting a 3.62 ERA, it’s something to be content with. Morton has made one postseason start in his career. Back in 2013 he gave up 2 runs and 3 hits across 5.2 innings as a member of the Pirates.
All cylinders are firing for him as he goes into Game 4 of the ALDS. He hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs since August 27th. In his last three outings, Morton had a 1.96 ERA and 0.82 WHIP. One of which came against the Red Sox on the 29th.
The Red Sox will counter with Rick Porcello. Porcello is just a year removed from winning a Cy Young. It may feel like it was a lot longer than that, but it was 2016 where Porcello earned himself the most coveted award for a pitcher. Ever since his appearance in the postseason a year ago, though, it’s seemed to go downhill. Porcello gave up 6 hits and 5 runs in 4.1 innings.
At home, Porcello hasn’t been doing well either, with a 5.43 ERA and 1.52 WHIP. Doug Fister was struggling as well, but the Red Sox pulled it out on Sunday. Porcello will need the same. After that display from the Astros yesterday, I like them to come back strong. Am I laying big money on this? No. I typically don’t when the sample size of games is small. With that said, in my opinion, the Astros are the better option this afternoon.
PICK: ASTROS (-115)