Boston Red Sox: Three keys to beating the Houston Astros
So it’s time the moment every Boston Red Sox fan has been waiting for all season. Even with the ups and downs of this season. The tight pennant race with the New York Yankees. The Red Sox were able to gut it out and win the division. Well, guess what none of that matters anymore. Now its October baseball wins mean more and losing is even greater. As the Red Sox take on the Houston Astros in a 5 game series. Here are my 3 keys to beating the Astro’s and advancing to the American League Championship series.
Sale on: The Major League leader in strikeouts per 9 innings has said “I’ll pitch till my arm falls off” While I love that kinda passion from the Pitcher who is one of the main reasons the Sox are in the playoffs. It’s not needed Sale has been waiting his whole career for this moment. All he needs to do is play within himself. Keep control of his devastating slider and mix in his 94-97 MPH fastball. if he succeeds at this he will give the Red Sox the best opportunity to win 2 games in this series.
Timely hitting: While home runs are great ways of putting up numbers and getting leads earlier. The Red Sox are no longer a long ball type team. In fact, the Sox are among the bottom dwellers in this category in 2017. Instead, the Sox use timely hitting and aggression on the base paths to force the issue. The Red Sox must continue this approach against the Astro’s in this series. If this is not effectively done the Astro’s who are a long ball type team. Will take complete control of this series
Tighten up the defenses: If the Red Sox want to beat the Houston Astros they are gonna need to batten down the hatches. Especially at third base. Although Rafael Devers has been a breath of fresh air at the position the rookie. According to baseball-reference.com, he is still 8th in the league in errors committed by a third baseman. If the Boston Red Sox want to advance to the next round boneheaded plays Red Sox fans have seen all regular season need to be eliminated. If the Sox tighten it up on defense they can do more than just beat the Stros in this series it could carry them all the way to the World Series.
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