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.