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Red Sox at Astros ALCS Game 2 lineups: Time to domiNate? We say yes!

Nathan Eovaldi looks to even up the ALCS before it heads to Boston.

MLB: ALCS-Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros
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The Red Sox can even up the American League Championship Series this afternoon behind Nathan Eovaldi down in Houston (4:20 p.m., FOX), where the team is smarting after a Game 1 loss in which they came up just short.

It was another heroic day for Kiké Hernández, whose two homers almost gave Boston enough juice to come out on top, but some weird decisions—no Garrett Whitlock? Danny Santana as pinch-hitter—and the normal bounces of the ball in either direction kept the Sox out of the win column. Today they’ll turn to Eovaldi, the hero of the regular season and wild card playoff game, who carries a 2.61 ERA over his two starts in this postseason against Astros starter Luis García.

As Matt wrote in his scattered thoughts following Game 1, there’s only one day off over the first five games of this series, and given that that off-day is tomorrow, you should expect to see Whitlock today at some point if the game is close, which it ought to be.

Kevin Plawecki is in at catcher but otherwise it’s business as usual out there. GET ‘EM!

ALCS Game 2 at Astros

Lineup spot Red Sox Astros
Lineup spot Red Sox Astros
1 Kyle Schwarber, 1B José Altuve, 2B
2 Kiké Hernandez, CF Michael Brantley, LF
3 Rafael Devers, 3B Alex Bregman, 3B
4 Xander Bogaerts, SS Yordan Álvarez, DH
5 Alex Verdugo, LF Carlos Correa, SS
6 J.D. Martinez, DH Kyle Tucker, RF
7 Hunter Renfroe, RF Yuli Gurriel, 1B
8 Kevin Plawecki, C Chas McCormick, CF
9 Christian Arroyo, 2B Martín Maldonado, C
SP Nathan Eovaldi, RHP Luis García, RHP