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That drought will continue at least one more year after the Boston Red Sox bounced the Houston Astros out of the American League Championship Series with a 4-1 victory Thursday behind six scoreless innings and nine strikeoutsfrom David Price.It was the five-time All-Star's first win in 12 career postseason starts."He's never going to forget it Austin Romine Jersey ," center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.told reporters. "I know I'm not."The Red Sox are still awaiting their opponent, as the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers go back to Wisconsin for Friday's Game 6. The Dodgers own a 3-2 advantage after Clayton Kershaw pitched them to a 5-2 win Wednesday.Since we're here to make predictions, we might as well start here: The Dodgers are going back to the World Series. They'll clinch their spot Friday behind Hyun-Jin Ryu and his superhuman 1.97 ERA.But we know you're here for more bold calls than that. After laying out the World Series' TV schedule, we'll examine three of our biggest and boldest below. 2018 World Series TV ScheduleGame 1: Tuesday, Oct. 23: Dodgers/Brewers at Red Sox; 8:09 p.m.Game 2: Wednesday, Oct. 24: Dodgers/Brewers at Red Sox;8:09 p.m.Game 3: Friday, Oct. 26: Red Sox at Dodgers/Brewers;8:09 p.m.Game 4: Saturday, Oct. 27: Red Sox at Dodgers/Brewers;8:09 p.m.*Game 5: Sunday, Oct. 28: Red Sox at Dodgers/Brewers;8:15 p.m.*Game 6: Tuesday, Oct. 30: Dodgers/Brewers at Red Sox;8:09 p.m.*Game 7: Wednesday, Oct. 31: Dodgers/Brewers at Red Sox;8:09 p.m.All times ET and all games on Fox Bold PredictionsCraigKimbrelWon't Allow a RunFile this under recency boldness  category quite possibly created specifically for this article.Craig Kimbrel is a seven-time All-Star and four-time saves leader. For his career, he has a sub-2.00 ERA and a sub-1.00 WHIP. Just last season, those marks were 1.43 and 0.68 http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey , respectively.Normally, calling for a scoreless stretch from him isn't much different than predicting a sunrise. But if you tighten the lens to just this postseason, he's been as hittable as any of Boston's bullpen regulars.He's surrendered six hits, six walks and five runs (all earned) over 6.1 innings. He's had a single scoreless appearance in five chances.So why are we bullish about him bouncing back? For starters, this postseason hasn't erased Kimbrel's history. He's the same filthy pitcher he's always been, only he's stuck in a rough patch. It happens.Plus, something was spotted in his delivery鈥攂y former Red Sox closer Eric Gagne, of all people esting he was tipping his pitches. The information reached Kimbrel before Game 5, and he needed just 14 pitches to send the Astros into summer vacation."We knew he was tipping his pitches yesterday and that he was gonna be fine," Boston skipper Alex Cora said, per MassLive.com's Chris Cotillo. "We saw his hands today. Yesterday they were up; today they were down. He was tipping his pitches for two weeks." David Price Will Win 2 More Postseason StartsTo suggest that a single victory can reroute the course of Price's entire playoff trajectory is madness, right? Even after Thursday's gem, his career postseason ERA still sits at an unsightly 5.04. It was north of 13 in two of his first three playoff trips with the franchise.But his Game 5 performance had all the markings of a breakthrough.The deck was stacked against him. He was pitching on three days' rest and even less fresh than that sounds Bernie Williams Jersey , considering he warmed up for a possible relief appearance the night before. He was facing a 103-win team that ranked among the 10 best offenses in runs (sixth), homers (10th), batting average (seventh) and OPS (seventh).Turns out none of it mattered.Price didn't simply deliver a clutch pitching performance鈥攖he guy wasdealing.Christopher Smith SmittyOnMLBRick Porcello on David Price:was throwing gas. The fastball was 95, 96. The changeup was devastating. That was one of the best efforts Ive ever seen in the postseason given the situation on short rest and (warming up in) the bullpen yesterday. Thats as impressive as you getquot;Pitcher List PitcherListBeautiful changeup from David Price to fan Carlos Correa mnUj8k3QHyBut that's the Price we've all come to know in the regular season. After watching him finally find his form in the playoffs, why can't he maintain that level?The Red Sox might need to follow his lead. Chris Sale has battled both injuries and illness. Rick Porcello had a rough go his last time out (seven hits, four runs, two homers in four innings). Nathan Eovaldi has been spectacular this postseason, but his career numbers say he's just average (44-53, 4.16 ERA).In other words, Boston might need a couple good ones out of its $217 million man. Look for Price to deliver under the bright lights again.The MVP Won't Be a 2018 All-StarThe list of World Series MVP winners isn't hurting for name recognition. We've seen time and again that superstars have a way of performing when pressure is at its highest.But sometimes the quirkiness of baseball can put unexpected heroes under the spotlight.Look no further than the ALCS, where Bradley鈥攁 career .238 hitter with one 20-homer season鈥攕lugged his way to the MVP award with a double, two homers and nine RBI.Jayson Stark jaysonstStrange But True Alert:Jackie Bradley Jr. during the season: 0 XBH with the bases loaded.Jackie Bradley Jr. in Games 2 amp;amp; 3: A double amp;amp; now a HR with the bases loaded!October baseball is just funny like that sometimes.David Freese had 15 career homers when he surprisingly surged to being the 2011 World Series MVP. The 2010 honor went to Edgar Renteria, who hadn't been an All-Star since 2006 and didn't play an MLB game after 2011. Livan Hernandez entered the 1997 postseason with 99.1 career innings and left it with both the NLCS and World Series MVP awards.We'll say another unlikely star emerges this year C.C. Sabathia Jersey , even though the series won't be lacking star power. The Red Sox and Brewers both had five All-Star representatives, while the Dodgers sent three.Still, there's a massive player pool behind that group, and it isn't short on candidates for any team. Would anyone be shocked by Price, Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers or Xander Bogaerts taking home the trophy for Boston? What about Kershaw, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner or Joc Pederson for L.A.? Or Ryan Braun, Mike Moustakas or Travis Shaw for Milwaukee?All it takes is a few timely hits or a couple of shutdown pitching performances to shape the course of the series. We're guessing said contributions will come from a player who didn't participate in the Midseason Classic. HOUSTON (AP) — With his team down one run going into the eighth inning, Houston manager AJ Hinch went to closer Roberto Osuna in hopes of keeping it that way.Things only got worse for the Astros in Game 3 of the AL Championship Series. Osuna gave up a grand slam to Jackie Bradley Jr. after hitting consecutive pinch-hitters with two-strike pitches, and the Boston Red Sox won 8-2 on Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.“It’s a 3-2 ballgame until all hell broke loose in the eighth inning,” Hinch said. “A couple of hit by pitches and a huge swing by Bradley and there’s the game.”Hinch treats one-run deficits like a tie game in the postseason, figuring his team still has a good chance to win.“Trying to keep it at a one-run game with a really effective closer against the middle part of their order http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey ,” he said. “We get out of that 3-2, we’ve got plenty of outs left, and you never know what can happen.”In his first ALCS appearance for the Astros, Osuna came on with Houston trailing 3-2 and retired J.D. Martinez on a deep fly to start the eighth before an infield single by Xander Bogaerts.After a fielder’s choice grounder for the second out, Rafael Devers singled. Pinch-hitter Brock Holt was hit on the foot to load the bases before Mitch Moreland got plunked as well, forcing in a run.“Just a weird inning,” Osuna said. “I got Martinez on the first pitch and then I got after Bogaerts with two strikes early in the count, and then I don’t know what happened.”Bradley’s slam to right field broke it open, giving Boston an 8-2 cushion.“No margin for error,” Hinch said. “It’s really a matter of he didn’t finish at-bats as well as he normally does, whether it’s going to pitches or executing the pitch. Execution was a little bit of a problem at the end of at-bats. And he lost a lot of those at-bats at a huge time in the game.”It was another postseason meltdown for a hard-throwing Astros closer, similar to Ken Giles last October. Giles was traded to Toronto in July as part of the deal that brought Osuna to the Astros.In Game 4 of the World Series last year, Giles came into a 1-1 tie in the ninth inning and was charged with three runs without getting an out in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was the sixth time in seven postseason appearances that he gave up a run.Osuna made two scoreless appearances for the Astros in the AL Division Series against Cleveland Andy Pettitte Jersey , getting the save in Game 2 after pitching the final 1 1/3 innings.The Astros will likely need more of that if the defending World Series champions are going to get a chance to win it all again this season.“You don’t want to do this to your team, especially in a situation like that,” Osuna said. “But I’m ready to bounce back tomorrow.”His teammates didn’t seem worried about one bad outing by Osuna.“He’s a pretty confident guy and he’s going to turn the page quick,” said Jose Altuve, who had two hits and scored both Houston runs.In his 23 regular-season games with the Astros after being acquired, Osuna was 2-2 with 12 saves and a 1.99 ERA. He had 19 strikeouts and three walks.“This guy, he’s been here before and he’s one of the best young pitchers in the game,” catcher Brian McCann said. “We were one pitch away at two outs, and a couple of pitches got away and hit them. … He’s got the temperament (for) closers that you strive to be. He’s going to be ready to go tomorrow.”Canadian prosecutors last month dropped a domestic assault charge against Osuna, who agreed to stay away from the alleged victim for one year and continue counseling.Osuna was still with the Blue Jays in May when he was suspended without pay for 75 games for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.“We have a very close-knit group in there and he’s absorbed some of that love and affection and he’ll get that tonight. He’ll be ready to go,” Hinch said.
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