This time it counts.
This time it feels more like those 1990s encounters, as the Indians are the stronger team, fresh off of an AL pennant while the Yankees are on the rise.
However, as the AL Division Series begins on Thursday, Pedroia insisted that he never anxious he would not be able to play during the postseason for a team that always believed it would reach the playoffs.
The Red Sox counter with Chris Sale on the mound.
Pitchers: Chris Sale (Game 1 starter), Drew Pomeranz (Game 2), Doug Fister (Game 3), Eduardo Rodriguez, Rick Porcello, Craig Kimbrel, Addison Reed, Joe Kelly, David Price, Carson Smith, Robby Scott. Verlander has been excellent for the Astros, and did outduel Sale with the Tigers at the beginning of this season.
Bauer (1-0) did not give up a hit until Aaron Hicks doubled with one out in the sixth inning. The Astros will look to take a commanding lead in the series on Friday when they send 2015 Cy Young victor Dallas Keuchel to the mound.
McHugh earned the win, improving his record to 5-2 with a 3.55 ERA. Verlander excelled after being traded from Detroit to Houston, winning all five starts for his new team with a 1.06 ERA.
The main stage of the 2017 Major League Baseball playoffs begins today, and there are two games that should feature great DFS opportunities. The Red Sox said he had re-aggravated his knee injury and he was replaced by Hanley Ramirez.
The Astros led the major leagues in just about every single offensive category. Meanwhile, Robby Scott and Heath Hembree struggle to keep the Astros hitters off base, and a run scores.
Abbey Mastracco, NJ Advance Media: The only team that has a bullpen good enough to counter the Yankees 'pen is the Indians. He not only won the batting title but he may nab the MVP award as well. True to his career trends, his ERA rose in August and September, and he did allow 24 home runs on the year.
Springer hit 34 homers despite missing time with an injury. Carlos Correa has been back, but has been slumping since his return. They're athletic, they can run the bases, hit home runs and they make you beat them at the plate.
CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino dominated the Red Sox all season long (except for one Severino start).
So while it's true that there are reasons for worry tonight as the Sox open their playoff run against the slugging Houston Astros, there are reasons for optimism, too.
"Never really gave my team a chance to win".
The Astros are looking for him to build on the work he's done since arriving in Houston just more than a month ago. "They can shorten the game with their bullpen, they have a lot of guys in the rotation that have pitched well, they have some tough outs..."
The Boston Red Sox made the playoffs for the second consecutive season, clinching the AL East division crown on the second to last day of the regular season. That's unlikely. But the offense should hit the ball an terrible lot, and it should definitely be a fun series for Astros fans to watch.