The Houston Astros (87-53) and the Boston Red Sox (97-44), will clash off against one another this weekend. They are the two best teams in baseball and this could possibly be an ALCS preview.
The Astros won the World Series last season and the Red Sox are looking to win for the first time since 2013. This will be a measuring stick at where both teams are against one another. It is quite possible one of these two teams will win the World Series this season and they will be the favorites to win it all.
Houston is getting healthy at the right time. They have all their studs back like outfielder George Springer, second baseman Jose Altuve, and shortstop Carlos Correa. Third baseman Alex Bregman is having an MVP caliber season. He has a .298 batting average with 29 home runs and 96 RBI’s, along with 10 stolen bases. His on-base percentage is .399.
Outfielder Mookie Betts and designated hitter J.D. Martinez are both having stellar seasons for the Boston Red Sox. Betts’s batting average is .335 with 29 home runs and 71 RBI’s, along with 27 stolen bases. His on-base percentage is .425. Martinez’s batting average is .335 with 39 home runs and 115 RBI’s, along with five stolen bases. His on-base percentage is .407.
The projected starter’s for this weekend is as follows: Friday Night Gerrit Cole (13-5, 2.86 ERA) vs David Price (14-6, 3.60 ERA), Saturday Afternoon Charlie Morton (13-3, 3.14 ERA) vs Eduardo Rodriguez (12-3, 3.34 ERA), and Sunday Night Dallas Keuchel (11-10, 3.46 ERA) vs Rick Porcello (16-7, 4.20 ERA).
The Houston Astros will take two-out-of-three in this series because they have the better starting pitching. The Boston Red Sox took two-out-of-three against the Houston Astros earlier in the season.