HOUSTON (AP) – Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora was already counting down to a rematch with his former team before the Houston Astros advanced to their fifth straight AL Championship Series.
“He told me (Monday), ‘See you soon,'” said Houston star Carlos Correa.
The Astros reassured their place the next day by shutting down the White Sox I Game 4 of the division series.
Now that the match has been set up and will begin on Friday night, former Houston Bench coach Cora will try to take Astros off the ALCS for the second time in four years after winning the 2018 World Series title.
“I’m enjoying the drain,” Cora said. “I honestly think that as a team, we’re clicking at the right time.”
The Red Hot Sox defeated the Yankees in a wild card game and advanced to Houston with a 3-1 victory over 100 One Reese in the Wild Division series, which included 13 innings and walks in Game 3. Victory in Game 4
Cora helped Houston win the 2017 World Series as a bench coach, then took Boston to the 2018 Championship after ousting Astros. He was released by the Red Sox after an investigation into Houston’s Major League Baseball sign-stealing scheme, then suspended by the MLB through the 2020 post-season before relaunching in Boston last November.
When the series moved to Boston for Game 3 on Monday, Estros was asked about the crowd’s reception, and Kora admitted that he was upset when he was involved in the scam. He doesn’t think the scandal is in the past because he lives with it every day.
“I’m sorry, I made a mistake and I’m reviving it,” he said. “It’s painful because I know I’m there when they get mad or they yell at me. I was part of it.”
The Astros are the third team in MLB history to reach the league championship series in five consecutive seasons, including the Braves (1995-99) and Athletics (1971-75). Houston manager Dusty Baker was just for those two. Manager AJ Hunch was fired after being suspended for his part in the scheme.
But he has known for a long time that he has a team for October.
“These guys are very proud of winning, and especially the guys who’ve been here for a while,” Baker said. “They’ve been through a couple of seasons of over 100 losses, and they like the feeling of winning and the feeling of being on top. And they think it doesn’t matter if they win the series or the outcome.
The biggest question of the series is the status of Houston S. Lance McCoolers Jr. The right-handed player was adept at winning Game 1 at ALDS, taking the ball to seventh without a goal. But he left Game 4 after four innings with a stiffness in his right arm and was also expected on Thursday as Astros determined his availability for the series.
“He went for an MRI to make sure everything was fine there,” said General Manager James Click. “So, we’re waiting for these images to be reviewed and verified, and we’ll see where it goes.”
A lot of people will weigh in on the decision, but Click said it would “ultimately be about how Lance feels.”
After the McCullers are out, Astros will start Frember Welds against Chris Cell in Game 1. Astros shopkeeper Luis Garcia is up against Nathan Evaldi in a Week 2 game in Houston.
There was some question as to how the cell would be used in this series when seven times All Star allowed five runs in just one innings to start Game 2 in the Division Series. This was Tommy John’s 10th trip this year after returning from surgery on August 14.
Kora said he did not consider Cell an opener in the game and there would be no limit on the left-handed player.
“If we don’t feel comfortable, we don’t pitch it,” Kora said.
But what good did Kora feel about putting Cell back on the mound in such a big game after his recent struggle?
“This is Chris Cell,” Cora said. “It’s a big part of what we’re trying to accomplish.”
Cell, who was also bad at the start of his last regular season, said he felt “less than a mess” after Game 2, but the support of Cora and his teammates helped him get the right mindset to bounce back on Friday. Of
He said he lives on the mound every day since he tried to pull things off from his last start. He believes he has rediscovered a change that was missing against the rays and has solved the problems that command his fastball.
“We’ll see what we get (Friday),” he said. “But I like where we are.”
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