In­field and Catch­ers

Boston Herald - - RED SOX 2018 -

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.

EDGE: Astros

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