Monday, October 2, 2017

Boston Red Sox Postseason Preview

The MLB postseason is just around the corner and in this article we'll preview what to expect from the Red Sox as they get ready to face the Astros in the Divisional Series—and we share the full postseason schedule. Here's a by the numbers breakdown of the Red Sox in the regular season.

Boston Red Sox (93-69, American League East Champions)  Runs: 785 (10th) Batting Average: .258 (13th)  On Base Percentage: .329 (11th)  Slugging Percentage: .407 (26th)  ERA: 3.70 (4th) Quality starts: 88 (2nd)  WHIP: 1.25 (5th)  BAA: .245 (9th)   Team Leaders Batting  Batting Average: Xander Bogaerts (.273)  Home Runs: Mookie Betts (24)  RBI: Mookie Betts (102)  On Base Percentage: Andrew Benintendi (.352)  Hits: Mookie Betts (166)   Pitching  Wins: Chris Sale (17)  ERA: Chris Sale (2.90)  Strikeouts: Chris Sale (308)  Saves: Craig Kimbrel (35)  Holds: Matt Barnes (21)   Starting Rotation  Chris Sale (17-8, 2.90 ERA)  Drew Pomeranz (17-6, 3.32 ERA)  Rick Porcello (11-17, 4.65)  Doug Fister (5-9, 4.88 ERA)  Eduardo Rodriguez (6-7, 4.19 ERA)   Bullpen  David Price (6-3, 3.38 ERA, 1.19 WHIP)  Heath Hembree (3.63 ERA, 1.45 WHIP)  Addison Reed (2.84 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 19 saves)  Matt Barnes (3.88 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 21 holds)  Robby Scott (3.79 ERA, 0.98 WHIP)  Joe Kelly (2.79 ERA, 1.19 WHIP)  Closer  Craig Kimbrel (5-0, 1.43 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, 35 saves)   Potential Starting Lineup  Xander Bogaerts, SS  Dustin Pedroia, 2B  Andrew Benintendi, LF  Mookie Betts, RF  Mitch Moreland, 1B  Hanley Ramirez, DH  Rafael Devers, 3B  Christian Vazquez, C  Jackie Bradley Jr., CF   Bench  Chris Young, OF  Brock Holt, UT  Sandy Leon, C  Eduardo Nunez, INF  Rajai Davis, OF.

Postseason Schedule  The MLB postseason will start Tuesday, October 3, with the American League Wild Card game, followed by the National League Wild Card game on Wednesday, October 4.  The Yankees and the will meet in New York on Tuesday while the Diamondbacks and the Rockies will play in Arizona on Wednesday. American League Wild Card game - October 3 Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees at New York, 8:00 PM ET  National League Wild Card game - October 4 Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks at Arizona, 8:00 PM ET   American League Division Series (best-of-five series) - Begins October 5   New York Yankees or Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians October 5: at Cleveland, 7:30 PM ET October 6: at Cleveland, 5:00 PM ET October 8: at Minnesota or New York, TBD October 9: at Minnesota or New York, TBD (if necessary) October 11: at Cleveland, TBD (if necessary)   Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros October 5: at Houston, 4:00 PM ET October 6: at Houston, 2:00 PM ET October 8: at Boston, TBD October 9: at Boston, TBD (if necessary) October 11: at Houston, TBD (if necessary)   National League Division Series (best-of-five series) - Begins October 6  Arizona Diamondbacks or Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers October 6: at Los Angeles, 10:30 PM ET October 7: at Los Angeles, 9:00 PM ET October 9: at Arizona or Colorado, TBD October. 10: at Colorado or Arizona, TBD (if necessary) October 12: at Los Angeles, TBD (if necessary)   Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals October 6: at Washington, 7:30 PM ET October 7: at Washington, 5:30 PM ET October 9: at Chicago, TBD October 10: at Chicago (if necessary), TBD October 12: at Washington (if necessary), TBD   ALCS (best-of-seven series) - October 13 TBD  NLCS (best-of-seven series) - October 14 TBD  World Series (best-of-seven series) - Begins October 24 TBD

Red Sox vs. Astros  The Boston Red Sox finished the regular with a 93-69 record, good enough to win the American League East but it was the worst mark among the division winners in the league, so they won't have home field advantage for the American League Division Series and will open the American League Championship Series at home only if the Twins or Yankees oust the Indians in the first round.   The Red Sox will face the Astros in the ALDS. Make sure to review Bovada before wagering. On paper, Houston has a deeper and more balanced team, which favors them to advance but Boston is a good team, no one can deny that and anything can happen in a short series, minor upsets take place in the postseason all the time and any good team has a chance.