The ALCS is here! The Chron’s Hunter Atkins joins Austin on the phone line to breakdown this historic series between the Astros and Red Sox. How historic is it? This is the first postseason series since World War II that features to teams that won more than 103 regular season games.
The guys discuss the key matchups on the mound and why the Astros’ hitters will work to extend at-bats in order to jump into a Boston bullpen that has played “Naked and Afraid” this postseason. Then, Hunter offers his take that David Price is “teetering on the edge of a sunk cost” and why he matches up poorly against Gerrit Cole.
The show closes by analyzing the offense and x-factors in the series, and why the Astros should refuse to pitch to MVP-candidate J. D. Martinez.
The Braintrust, Hunter Atkins and Derek Fogel, join Austin Staton on The Weekly Brew for the annual MLB postseason preview. The guys discuss the extra-inning thriller between the Rockies and Cubs that opened the postseason and the initial implications that the game has on the playoffs — over managing and MLB replays.
Then, the guys discuss the local series as the defending World Series champs open the playoffs at home against the Cleveland Indians. With the teams nearly mirroring each other strength for strength, what will be the difference maker? Who will make the bullpen cut on the roster, and how will AJ Hinch utilize his arms in the five-game series?
The show closes by breaking down the starting rotation and the inconsistent play of both offenses. Who wins it all? We make our predictions.
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