Infield and Catchers
SOX: Rafael Devers, Eduardo Nunez, Xander Bogaerts, Ian Kinsler, Brock Holt, Mitch Moreland, Steve Pearce, Sandy Leon, Christian Vazquez, Blake Swihart. ASTROS: Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Yuli Gurriel, Marwin Gonzalez, Alex Bregman, Brian McCann, Martin Maldonado.
The rundown: While the Sox enjoy the advantage in the outfield, the disparity in the infield appears to favor the Astros. The team's top hitters in almost every category are starting infielders — Altuve, Gurriel and Bregman. Bregman is the most dangerous. He hit 51 doubles, 31 home runs and drove in 103 runs. The three combined for 495 hits, and are dangerous against most pitchers, lefties or righties. The Sox best infield hitter is Bogaerts, who hit .288 with 23 homers and 45 doubles this season, but after him it was all about who's hot (and who plays). As we've seen, manager Alex Cora isn't afraid to play matchups. Behind the plate, the Sox' trio is as solid as it comes defensively, but has been awful on offense. Overall, the Astros group is just too good.