The Red Sox find themselves heading back to Houston this weekend with their backs against the proverbial walls, unable to afford a loss in either game to keep their season alive. It’s going to be a tall task against this Astros team, especially considering the contrasting trend directions for the respective bullpens. The odds of Boston winning two in a row are low, but they are not zero. Much stranger things have happened, and they’ve happened to this Red Sox team specifically.
Anyone following this team all year knows it is foolish at this point to ever know what to expect. When they are rolling, they are always liable to hit a wall, but on the other side they are always willing to catch fire from the faintest of sparks. It’s just about finding the spark. So let’s put on our prediction hats and figure out who is the X-Factor for Boston this weekend. Who is the player who holds the key to winning a pennant, and will play the most important role in making it happen? Tell us who, and why.
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