The Red Sox got off to a bit of a tough start in this series, dropping the opener 5-4 in what was a winnable game despite a shaky Chris Sale performance. They’ll look to put that behind them on Saturday for Game Two and even up this series. Here’s all you need to know ahead of the game.
First Pitch Time and Place
4:20 PM ET; Minute Maid Park; Houston, Texas
Nathan Eovaldi vs. Luis Garcia
Eovaldi probably should have pitched Game One, using the benefit of hindsight and seeing what Sale looked like out there, but he will be out there in this one. The righty did struggle a bit against Houston earlier in the year, but he’s been a different kind of pitcher since that June meeting, and the postseason is his time. On the other side, 24-year-old Luis Garcia gets the ball for Houston. He’s a bit similar to Eovaldi in that he will throw five different pitches, starting with a fastball, though the heat is at a lower velocity. But Garcia had a good season with a 3.30 ERA and a 3.63 FIP.
How to watch
Like I said above, not, just, like with your eyes. FOX has the broadcast for this game, with Joe Buck and John Smoltz back in the booth.
How to listen
Not just, like, with your ears. WEEI and ESPN Radio have the calls for these games.
You can find the game odds from DK Sportsbook here. Despite seemingly having the edge with the pitching matchup, the Red Sox once again enter this game as slight, slight underdogs. Gimme Eovaldi with those odds.