BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox acknowledge their valuable win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night to tie the AL Championship Series to win by side, before it resumes Monday at their Fenway Park.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said it was very important to come back with a series that has been converted to the best of five when the next three games will be played in Boston.
“But we still face one of the best teams in the major leagues in recent history,” Cora said at a news conference Sunday. “They are actually very good on offense on the road. And you saw that although our advantage was very great, they never felt uncomfortable. They kept hitting and running to make it interesting. “
“You expect that from the Astros all the time, wherever they play,” he added.
In the current postseason, the Red Sox are undefeated, since in their Fenway Park they defeated the New York Yankees and repeated the dose twice in a row to the Tampa Bay Rays.
“I think tomorrow will be fun,” Cora considered. “The last three have been great here, the wild card and both against Tampa. It feels around the city. People are in it. It’s a fun week for sports here. “
Since the seven-game format was adopted in 1985, the winner of Game 2 of the American League Championship Series has advanced to the World Series 30 of the 36 times, or 83 percent, including 21 of the last. 2. 3.
This is the twenty-fourth time in the 52 American League Championship Series that the teams are tied 1-1, after two games. The winner of the third game on those previous 23 occasions won 78 percent of the series (18 times).
RED SOX GOES TO SEE COWBOYS VS PATRIOTS
The Boston Red Sox had voluntary light practice today at Fenway Park and 12 players took the opportunity to go watch the New England Patriots game against the Dallas Cowboys, manager Cora said.
“They’re great football fans and some of them are from the away team,” Cora said.
The Cowboys beat the Patriots 35-29 in overtime this Sunday.
“We had a game on Saturday night and then we traveled,” Cora said. “The boys are also fans of other sports and that helps them relax a bit.”
CORA DOESN’T INSURE PIVETTA FOR THE FOURTH
Cora said that the Red Sox still have not secured the starting pitcher for Game 4 on Tuesday, after they confirmed Eduardo Rodriguez for this Monday.
He acknowledged that the most viable option was Nick Pivetta (9-8, 4.53 in regular season), but that will depend on whether they have to use him as a reliever on Monday.
“The decision had to do with a number of things, including whether Nick or Eduardo would go first,” Cora said. “We don’t want them to see two lefties in a row. We still believe that Nate (Nathan Eovaldi) can help us tomorrow by coming out of the bullpen. There is a chance for that to happen and then we will readjust for Game 4. “