The stage is set for the American League Champion Series as the Boston Red Sox will take on the Houston Astros.
It'll be a rematch of the 2018 ALCS, when the Red Sox defeated the Astros in five games and went on to take down the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. That year, Boston won 108 games and entered the postseason as the AL's top seed. This time, it enters as an underdog many expected to miss the playoffs, never mind be one step away from another World Series berth.
Tomase: Improbable Red Sox far from done with this season
With a resilient Division Series performance vs. the top-seeded Tampa Bay Rays, the Red Sox showed it would be foolish to count them out going forward. Still, there's no doubt they have their work cut out for them as they pack their bags for Houston. The Astros boast the best offense in the major leagues and a pitching staff that finished the campaign seventh in runs allowed. They're coming off an impressive ALDS showing vs. a young, talented Chicago White Sox club.
As we look forward to Friday's Game 1 showdown, here's a refresher on the 2021 Astros and what to expect from them in the best-of-seven series.
Astros to watch out for
The usual suspects: Alex Bregman (3B), Carlos Correa (SS), Jose Altuve (2B)
We're lumping Bregman, Correa and Altuve together as they're the faces of the Astros franchise, as well as the players Red Sox fans will be most familiar with heading into the series.
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