The Red Sox built an early lead, going up 3-0 in the first inning on Martinez's home run, and 5-0 after three in front of their ecstatic fans at Fenway Park.
Sox Game 1 starter against the Yankees in ALDS had a poor series in last season's playoffs.
NY won the previous postseason meetings, in the 1999 and 2003 ALCS, the latter clinched on a walk-off home run by Aaron Boone, now the first-year Yankees manager.
Game 2 is Saturday night.
23-9 in Tanaka's last 32 starts following a team loss in their previous game.
Cora is banking on Sale and No. 2 David Price coming through, although Sale is 0-1 as a postseason starter, and Price is 0-8 with a 5.74 ERA as a starter. Saturday marked the first time in 299 career starts overall in which he's failed to record a strikeout.
HUNT FOR MR. OCTOBER As a Cy Young victor and three-time finalist, David Price has been one of the best regular-season pitchers of his generation.
Price remains the only pitcher without a victory among the 70 men who have started at least 10 career postseason games.
Homers: Through the first 10 October games, the team that hit the most homers was 6-1, including 5-0 in the postseason (there were three games in which the same number of homers was hit by both teams). In addition, the Yankees have now accumulated 16 home runs in 11 games at Fenway Park this season.
"He made one bad pitch to one of the better hitters in baseball". However, he could hold the key to the Yankees getting back in this series.
"I moved the ball round", Price said.
Bregman was the first of four Astros to smack solo home runs, with George Springer and Jose Altuve hitting back-to-back homers in the fifth inning off Indians right-hander Corey Kluber (0-1). That may be a small sample, but it's impossible to ignore the success Sanchez has had when facing Price.
And he wants to make sure he doesn't make the same mistakes again. Sale has consistently said he could have attempted to pitch through the pain, but the Red Sox holding a comfortable lead in the AL East factored into the club's approach to be cautious with him.
The Bronx Bombers looked like they might mount a comeback when slugger Aaron Judge led the top of the ninth with a homer off Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel, cutting the lead to one. Knuckleballer Steven Wright was supposed to be a key part of Boston's bullpen but he's now likely to be replaced on the roster. He struck out eight and walked two. The last time the Yankees won 100 games was in 2009, and they went on to win the World Series that year. Tanaka's postseason history is far better than Price's playoff past, which favors the Yankees, who also have Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Betances fully rested in their bullpen. And, much to the surprise of no one: Rodriguez picked the Yankees, and Big Papi picked the Red Sox.
Note: This prediction is the opinion of the author and not necessarily the prediction of Jon Price or Sports Information Traders.
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