By Tiffany Williams –
Did anyone think that the Boston Red Sox would be this deep into postseason play? For the diehard Boston fans, faith and believing that all is possible, it is not shocking that the Red Sox have made it this far. By the way, The Red Sox have not been in the playoffs since winning the 2018 World Series.
Okay with game one against Houston just over Friday night, let’s rewind for just a minute.
The Red Sox got into the playoffs by way of beating rival New York Yankees 6-2 in an AL wild card game. Bogaerts and Kyle Schwarber hit early homers off Gerrit Cole and Alex Verdugo had three RBIs. For the Red Sox, Tampa Bay was next and a 3-1 in best-of-five ALDS, the Red Sox not just eliminated Tampa but they also joined the Minnesota Twins (1991 World Series) as the only teams to clinch a postseason series with consecutive walk-off wins.
Houston and the Red Sox are no strangers as they have met in the 2018 ALCS and Boston eliminated Houston 4-1 on the way to the title. But just a year before, the Astros eliminated the Red Sox 3-1 in the 2017 ALDS and won the World Series.
With a little history of where we have been and how we have gotten here, let’s take a look at what Friday night will potentially look like for game one between Boston and Houston.
You can definitely expect to see Chris Sale starting, Nathan Eovaldi will potentially be the relief for Sale while Eduardo Rodríguez will get some time in as relief for Eovaldi and Nick Pivetta most likely will be the Red Sox closer.
Friday night’s top hitters for the Red Sox will be Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts, J.D. Martinez and Hunter Renfroe.
Alright, as for tickets to American League Championship series game, the Red Sox have announced that tickets to playoff games taking place in Boston on Oct. 18, 19, and 20 go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
All tickets will be available for purchase on redsox.com/postseason and will be delivered through the MLB Ballpark App. Tickets will not be sold at the Fenway Park ticket office.
The Schedule for the American League Championship series games will be as follows:
Game 1, Friday, at Houston, 8:07 p.m. (Fox);
Game 2, Saturday, at Houston, TBD (Fox or FS1);
Game 3, Monday, Oct. 18, at Boston, TBD (Fox);
Game 4, Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Boston, TBD (Fox);
x-Game 5, Wednesday, Oct. 20, at Boston, TBD (Fox);
x-Game 6, Friday, Oct. 22, at Houston, TBD (Fox);
x-Game 7, Saturday, Oct. 23, at Houston, TBD (Fox or FS1).