This could be it. We’ve said pretty much all postseason that this season is a successful one for the Boston Red Sox regardless of where it ends, and that remains true. But we still aren’t ready for it to end. They can’t afford any more losses in this series, heading to Houston Houston needing to win two in a row to head to the World Series. It won’t be easy, but nothing this season has been.
First Pitch Time and Place
8:08 PM ET; Minute Maid Park; Houston, Texas
Nathan Eovaldi vs. Luis Garcia
Just as Wednesday was a rematch of Game One, for this one we get a rematch of Game Two with Nathan Eovaldi going for Boston. This is the guy they want on the mound with their backs against the wall, their All-Star, the guy who will get Cy Young votes this year. He’s looked good all postseason, but he did just pitch out of the bullpen on Tuesday, so it will be worth watching how crisp he can remain as the game goes on. As for Garcia, the Red Sox were all over him when they first faced off in this series and he ultimately left with a knee injury. Framber Valdez was able to make the proper adjustment to recover from his own initial struggles, and Boston needs to make sure Garcia can’t do the same.
How to watch
Not, just, like with your eyes. FS1 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. This is about as even of a matchup as you can find, as it’s really a battle between Nathan Eovaldi and an Astros offense that is just feeling itself with runners on. This series just feels like one that should go seven, though. Doesn’t it?