Considering the Astros' offense should have its way with Price and company, even a subpar effort from Verlander should be enough to secure this game for Houston and force a Game 6 in Boston. The victor of this series will advance to the World Series to take on the victor of the National League Championship Series. "I have not made a decision", Kershaw said Tuesday.
Those concerns can actually have an effect on how the game is played.
He has not pitched a game yet in this postseason. "The first game is always the biggest one of any series when you go on the road".
The Red Sox need to make him work, and not get behind in the count early. The Houston Astros have been cited as an ahead of the curve organization as they've risen in recent years, but now they may be taking things to another level. Cora has expressed confidence in Price, a Cy Young Award victor who is 0-9 in 10 career postseason starts, and the 108-win Red Sox will need him to be better than Sale was in the opener.
Look, we're reasonably certain that the Astros aren't the only team doing using cameras for a sweep such as this (or more), just as multiple teams have griped to Major League Baseball about how the champs operate. Luhnow said the club will abide by MLB's guidelines and that any prior monitoring was done as protection. "So yes, it's partially closed, but I don't think it's all the way closed". It needs to be corralled because of the state of the concern over it. With so much worry about opposition spying, signs are more intricate and take longer to be relayed and confusion reigns. "If we feel there's something going on we switch the signs".
The ace will have to wait.
Cleveland.com reported Tuesday night that the Cleveland Indians filed a complaint with Major League Baseball about the Astros trying to film their dugout during Game 3 of the AL Division Series, and The Associated Press reported Wednesday that a second man attempted access to the field photographer's pit next to the Indians dugout.
On Wednesday, Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters that Sale - who was initially slated to start Game 5 on Thursday - was still feeling weak and had lost weight from the stomach illness that hospitalized him on Sunday, according to Alex Speier of The Boston Globe. Instead, JBJ went duck hunting and didn't miss, blasting a high fastball deep into the stands in right field for a grand slam that put the game away, and the Red Sox now lead the series two games to one with Rick Porcello hoping to extend that lead when he takes the hill for Boston tonight against Charlie Morton.
"(Wednesday's) game will dictate what we do tomorrow", Cora said.
"We've got a few options, but we'll manage this one, see where we're at at the end and decide who starts tomorrow", Cora said. "And then tomorrow you have plenty of time to think about it".
Having Sale pitch at anything less than 100 percent would be a detriment regardless of the game's urgency. The change leaves former leadoff hitter George Springer in the second spot in the order, Jose Altuve hitting third and Marwin Gonzalez batting cleanup.