HOUSTON – Boston Red Sox wants to remind everyone: Never underestimate a team that won 108 games.
David Price wants to remind everyone: It’s never too late to change labels on you.  Behind a Splendid Excursion from Price – Thanks to a dominant change that held Houston Astros in helplessness for six pointsless innings – Red Sox eliminated the defending champions with a 4-1 win in the Game 5 of the American League Championship Series to earn their first World Series Trip since 2013.
From MVP Jackie Bradley Jr.’s two odd to Alex Cora’s best birthday present, here are some numbers and notes from ALCS.
After setting up six points without making his first season to win as a starter and helping the Red Sox to the World Series, David Price called the task “one of the most special days I’ve ever had on the baseball field.”
While Alex Bregman says Astros knows they should have been back-to-back champions, he says he loses the American League Championship series to Red Sox will motivate his team in 2019.
Call this is not so fair, not when the Red Sox set a franchise record for winning and winning most of the games in the majors of 17 years. Astros was still favored to win the series, and after Houston won the first game when Red Sox blew through after walking 10, three hits and one mistake, many doubted that the series would return to Fenway.
They were right. It will not return. Red Sox became the first team to sweep three road games in a league league series since the Chicago White Sox 2005 and will now have four days to rest before the World Series starts Tuesday in Boston.
“We have 108 wins Two or three guys do not do that,” says JD Martinez as champagnekorker popped in the background in the happy clubhouse. “This is a complete team. The whole series, all this playoffs, has shown it. We have done it all year. At this stage, it’s just a bigger platform. “
Price, which ended with nine strikeouts and no walking, was postponed for three days and after warming in the eighth and ninth innings Wednesday night in Game 4. He entered a 6, 16 ERA in the postseason as a starter, the third worst ERA for all with at least 10 playoffs. He left with his first career prize win as a starting ticket.
Price said his final thoughts before he left and went on Wednesday to make good places. ” Last night I promised myself to do this, “he said with joy and relief mixed with black pearls and drip of champagne. Asked about his family waiting outside the clubhouse, he paused, emotions filled his voice:” It’s my stone ” .
The price was high for his hard change that pops down under his knees when he’s on. He threw it 39 times out of 93 seats – a change of 43 percent that exceeded every start of his career. And boy, it worked. He induced 12 turn-and-miss on the change alone, which matched the highest turn-and-miss sum for any game – in all places – in his postseason career. On the 39 changes, Astros missed 12, fouled off 12, chasing 16 outside the strike zone and putting only five in play.
David Price reacts after Jose Altuve knocked out to finish the sixth innings and finish his night with nine K and no runs allowed. Elsa / Getty Images
“It was good,” Price said of the plan. “It was good at the bullpen, warming, it improved when the game continued. I made some adjustments with it, I think after the fourth inning and it was huge.”
At the same time, Astros started Justin Verlander had come in with a stretch of 24 consecutive pointless innings in postseason elimination games. He stretched it to 26 before Martinez crushed a 1-2 curveball over Crawford boxes and outside the ConocoPhillips sign in the left field of the third inning, a 105 mph rocket estimated at 396 feet. In a series where most of the breaks seemed to go to Boston, Verlanders’s 0-2 shooter to Martinez had a probability of 84 percent, but platinum player Chris Guccione ruled it a ball. This creepy crew will not get any free meals in Houston.
Three innings later, Rafael Devers struck the decisive battle with a three-run homer by Verlander. Mitch Moreland led a double outside the short porch in the left-hand field, over the glove of a leap Tony Kemp, a ball that only had a 4 percent chance, via Statcast data. Ian Kinsler, a bit of a surprise starter at the second base, hit a hard grounder in the right field to put runners on the corner.
Devers followed, turning at the first offer, a 98mph fastball at the top of the strike zone, raising a loud air ball to the left center that snuggles into the corner of Crawford Boxes, just 359 yards away. In fact, Crawford boxes hurt the home team this night: considering neutral weather, it’s not home in any other park.
The last prize of the prize, the sixth, began by getting Alex Bregman on a fly to the right-hand field. You can argue the series that turned when Red Sox started pitching to Bregman – instead of going him – and getting him out. In his last 11-stage actors, Bregman went 0-in-10 with one shot in place. Three of the largest series in the series came against Bregman:
(1) His gigantic fly in Game 2 on Fenway against Craig Kimbrel who almost bound the game but instead was captured by Andrew Benintendi just in front of the Green Monster.
(2) His line out to the midfield of the seventh game of Game 3, with the Red Sox-hold a 3-2 lead and the tie run in the second.
(3) The dramatic final of Game 4, when Benintendis do-or-die diving catches with the bases loaded safe profit for Red Sox.
This is not to knock Bregman, but points out the importance of Red Sox needs – at some point – to get him out. It is also a reminder of the intense nature of playoff baseball. If any of these three outs goes the other way, who knows how the series is twisted.
Scott Van Pelt talks with JD Martinez about eliminating Astros, David Price’s big game and looking forward to the world series.
It was also about getting the last nine outs. Matt Barnes got two of them, and then Alex Cora turned to Game 3 starting Nathan Eovaldi. Just like all that Cora has done in this postseason, it worked perfectly because Eovaldi got the final out of the seventh and worked around a two-out single in the eighth, senior citizen Jose Altuve on a tight line to center.
That was for Eovaldi. Cora did not want to burn him to many places. “There was a chance it was a game 7,” explained Cora. “And we had to be prepared for it. We knew that the little guy [Chris Sale] was ready for game 6, but if it was a game 7, it would be [Eovaldi]. And no way will I hit him to lose him and then lose the game. “
Then he turned to Kimbrel, who had 4-in-4 in saved chances in the after-season – but ran into all four actors and threw 35 seats in Game 4.  “Absolutely expected to call,” said Kimbrel. “I felt good. Watching some video. Come back in a row.”
Kimbrel struck Carlos Correa and Marwin Gonzalez around a walk to Yuri Gurriel and then Benintendi took Tony Kemp’s drive to the left center for a little less dramatically final than he had done the night before. “He tried to give me the ball after the match, but I told him he had to keep it,” said Kimbrel.
The win meant that Cora won two matches on the birthday – The game 4 had ended after midnight and Cora got 43 on Thursday. “It’s pretty cool,” said Kimbrel with a laugh. “I do not know how many times he will be able to say that again.”
In the end, Benintendi’s catch and Mookie Betts are throbbing and the unbelievable controversy and fan interference controversy and Devers Crawford’s homebuilding boxes will all be remembered with love or anger. The lasting image, however, will be Cora, which gives Price a big hug in the dugout after his last out.
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