Boston Herald - - RED SOX 2018 -

SOX: Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Por­cello, Nathan Eo­valdi, Ed­uardo Ro­driguez, Craig Kim­brel, Ryan Brasier, Matt Barnes, Joe Kelly, Heath Hem­bree, Bran­don Work­man.

ASTROS: Justin Ver­lan­der, Ger­rit Cole, Char­lie Mor­ton, Dal­las Keuchel, Ryan Pressly, Roberto Osuna, Lance McCullers, Josh James, Collin McHugh, Tony Sipp, Will Har­ris.

The run­down: The fact that the start­ing pitch­ing — not count­ing David Price — looked as good as it did against the Yan­kees sur­prised some peo­ple. That the bullpen kinda-sort a maybe held its own when it needed to was also a wel­come sur­prise for the Sox. But the sam­ple size is too small, and the stage here is too big, to believe that the pitch­ing staff has turned a metaphor­i­cal cor­ner. The Astros? From Ver­lan­der to Cole, to Mor­ton, to Keuchel, the Astros start­ing ro­ta­tion is as solid as it comes. All four have at least 12 wins, and each has an ERA un­der 4.00. Three of them have more than 200 strike­outs. And the bullpen? Not even close.

EDGE: Astros

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