In a perfect world, we would get to see the best two teams in each of the leagues face off in their respective championship series. Things seldom work out that way, though, as the postseason has a way of delivering results that we just didn’t expect. While some folks are hoping to see the Red Sox and Yankees go head to head for the American League crown and the right to be in the World Series, there are some who would sooner see Boston go up against the defending world champions. They are arguably the two best teams in baseball right now and you can bet that the Red Sox would love to be the team to take down the current king. The Red Sox will get another shot at testing themselves against the champs when they host the Astros for a 3-game MLB Division Leaders Game Series this weekend. Both are playing well this week, setting up what is sure to be an epic battle over the weekend. Both are on the brink of clinching their playoff spots, and this weekend might just be the ticket for one of them.

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Game 1

🏆: Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox
⚾: Gerrit Cole (R) vs David Price (L)
⏰: Fri, Sep 7, 2018, 7:10p ET
🏟️: Fenway Park – Boston, MA
📺: NESN, ATSW, FS1
🎰: TBA

Game 2

🏆: Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox
⚾: Charlie Morton (R) vs Eduardo Rodriguez (L)
⏰: Sat, Sep 8, 2018, 4:05p ET
🏟️: Fenway Park – Boston, MA
📺: NESN, ATSW
🎰: TBA

Game 3

🏆: Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox
⚾: Dallas Keuchel (L) vs Rick Porcello (R)
⏰: Sun, Sep 9, 2018, 8:00p ET
🏟️: Fenway Park – Boston, MA
📺: NESN, ATSW, ESPN
🎰: TBA

 

Division LeadersThe Astros have had a tough time putting away the very stubborn Oakland A’s in the AL West Division, but a 4-game win streak has seen them open up a 3 ½ game lead on their rivals. It has been vintage Houston over that 4-game stretch, as they have outscored their opponents 20-8 in those wins, taking their run differential to a league-best +227, which is 5 better than that +222 posted by the Red Sox. These teams split their 4-game series in Houston earlier in the year, but it has been well documented that this Astros team has saved their best baseball for the road, with the current record away from home sitting at 47-21. That road win total is second only to, you guessed it, the Boston Red Sox.

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Division LeadersThe Red Sox were in a bit of a swoon, thanks in large part to some key injuries to their pitching staff. They are getting back to full strength now, though, and have looked very good in taking 2 of 2 from the Atlanta Braves to start the week. Those two wins now take Boston to a more respectable 6-4 in their last 10 games, as well as 4-2 on their current road trip. The Red Sox head back home for this one and will spend most of their time there in the final few weeks of the season, playing 15 games at Fenway versus 6 on the road. That bodes very well for a team that is a truly impressive 48-18 in their own ballpark.

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Division LeadersThis is truly a mouth-watering series and once that could very well serve as the preview to the ALCS next month. It’s tough to decide which way to go here, but I think I am leaning towards the Astros, who I am predicting to take 2 of 3. Either way, this should be a fun series to watch and wager on.

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