Sunday, December 5

MLB playoffs: Astros have momentum, but they won’t rule out the Red Sox

Two games ago, the Red Sox defeated the Astros, 12-3, in Game 3 at Fenway Park, and it looked like this series was headed for a quick conclusion.

Houston’s pitching staff was a mess, with an injury to No. 1 starter Lance McCullers Jr. and a beleaguered bullpen that would have to continue through Game 4.

Things were so difficult for the Astros that our coverage of the Boston massacre on Monday night the next day featured two particularly grim stories for Houston. First, Can anyone stop the Red Sox? by Tom Verducci, delved into the Boston batting blitz. The second was Tuesday’s edition of this newsletter, with the email subject: Beatdown in Beantown.

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