Crunch showdown for Red Sox

22 October 2021 22:07:57 GMTPlus11
Nathan Eovaldi will pitch for the Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox face an elimination game six against the Astros under the roof at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Friday evening.

Alex Cora's men are 3-2 down in the American League Championship series and they need to win both remaining games of the series to reach the World Series.

The Red Sox are 1/1 to win on the night, with the Astros 5/6, with Boston knowing one defeat and they are out.

Red Sox surge stalls

They had surged through the early portion of the play-offs, beating the New York Yankees convincingly and then defeating the Tampa Bay Rays.

Boston can draw on their experience in the ALCS against the same opponents three years ago, when they won Games three, four and five on the road to get to the World Series.

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Cora spoke to the official Boston Red Sox website and said: "We've been there. We've gone there and we won three in a row at one point in the play-offs not too long ago, and we faced some great pitchers, right? We celebrated there."

Momentum has swayed in this series - after the Astros won game one, the Red Sox belted Houston around by a combined score of 21-8 in the next two games, before Houston responded by winning the next two.

Garcia against Eovaldi

The Astros will send rookie right-hander Luis Garcia - who lasted just one inning in his previous start in game two, before exiting with a knee strain - to the mound.

Garcia has pitched much better at home this year (6-5, 2.73 ERA) in the regular season that he has done on the road.

Boston will have Nathan Eovaldi pitching for them, he has been their ace this season, going 11-9 with a 3.75 ERA, as a starter in the post-season this campaign, he is 2-0 with a 3.45 ERA.

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