During game three of the ALCS in Houston Tuesday night I was spending many of the later innings considering who the Red Sox star of the game was.
Steve Pearce hit and 8000 foot home run so he’s instantly a candidate. Mookie had a nice night as well. And I’d be remiss to not give Eovaldi his dues for another fantastic playoff start.
Then, out of no where, Osuna comes in for Houston. He starts plunking batters left and right like it’s Kimbrel in a series ending opportunity and all of the sudden you look up and realize that the bases are juiced.
JBJ steps up batting 1 for 17 during the regular season with bases loaded.
JBJ GRAND SLAM OFF OSUNA pic.twitter.com/Ha80LL7YfV
— Starting 9 (@Starting9) October 17, 2018
Couldn’t have happened to more scummy person than Osuna. The four runs were not the best thing to come out of this grand slam.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 17, 2018
Despite Bradley’s ineptitude to hit with runners in scoring position during the regular season, he’s made it his forte in the playoffs.
Jackie Bradley Jr.: 1 XBH in the regular season with the bases loaded, 2 XBH in the ALCS with the bases loaded.
— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 17, 2018
Who would’ve guessed, JB FREAKING J is the one mashing with bases loaded. Not me, that’s for sure.
Even more surprising, the Sox bullpen has held strong these last two games. Let that sink in.
I always thought, and mentioned here, that there were ways to limit the bullpen’s mistakes and usage, but never did I expect for the answer to be just have the bullpen pitch better. I figured the Sox would be battling their own bullpen demons until the final day of the season.
Not on Brasier and Barnes’ watch.
Ryan Brasier, Joe Kelly, Matt Barnes, Heath Hembree, Chris Sale, and Rick Porcello have combined for a 0.00 ERA, 5 hits allowed, and 17 strikeouts in 21.1 innings out of the Red Sox bullpen this postseason. pic.twitter.com/aq0wPNpsZk
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) October 17, 2018
The only thing that makes me nervous now is getting too high on this team. Houston is still plenty good to come back from this deficit. Especially if they’re going to be cheating their way through the series.
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) October 16, 2018
Since people are asking me, here’s my comment on the @Jared_Carrabis tweet: I’m glad there are people in the world who aren’t afraid to write pieces likes this at times like these. The world needs more transparency and should #NeverSettle when searching for the truth. https://t.co/dq4lPSc8wX
— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) October 16, 2018
Ill have a separate blog on that debacle later today.
This is one of the best times ever to be a Boston fan, cherish it and pray that more good is to come.
Suck it Bregman.