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After squaring their American League Championship Series with a nail-biting 7-5 victory in Game 2 Tyler Clippard Jersey , the Boston Red Sox are going to attempt to keep their postseason road winning streak intact.The Red Sox clinched the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees with back-to-back wins at Yankee Stadium. Now they have to beat the Astros at least once on the road if they are going to advance to the World Series.The Red Sox will send Nathan Eovaldi to the mound at Minute Maid Park, and he will face Dallas Keuchel of the Astros. Eovaldi was a midseason acquisition of the Red Sox in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays.The 28-year-old was 6-7 with a 3.81 earned-run average this season, and he was brilliant for Boston in the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees.He allowed five hits and one run in seven innings, and the key to his performance was his control. He did not walk a batter and struck out five while dominating the strike zone throughout the night.Eovaldi has a career record of 1-1 with a 3.19 ERA against the Astros.Keuchel was 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA, and he has been a mainstay for the Astros during the last three seasons. The 30-year-old gave up two earned runs in five innings in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Cleveland Indians. The Houston mainstay has a career 3.28 postseason ERA in nine starts.American League Championship SeriesScheduleGame 1: Astros 7,Red Sox 2; Astros lead 1-0Game 2: Red Sox 7, Astros 5; Series tied 1-1Game 3: Red Sox at Astros; Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 5:09p.m. ET on TBSGame 4: Red Sox at Astros; Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 8:39p.m. ET on TBSGame 5: Red Sox at Astros; Thursday, Oct. 18 at 8:09p.m. ET on TBS*Game 6: Astros at Red Sox; Saturday, Oct. 20 at 5:09p.m. ET on TBS*Game 7: Astros at Red Sox; Sunday, Oct. 21 at 7:39p.m. ET on TBS*If necessary.The Red Sox hope to do what the Milwaukee Brewers did Monday night, as the Crew went on the road after splitting the first two games at home and won Game 3.Pitcher List PitcherListquot;How did Jhoulys Chacin perform so well?quot;Showcasing perfect command like this slider to Max Muncy.Right. On. The. Corner. Yk5AZbNzzHThe Brewers received brilliant pitching from starter Jhoulys Chacin and four relievers as they shut down the Dodgers by a 4-0 score.Orlando Arcia, who hit three home runs during the regular season, struck his third long ball of the postseason for the Brewers.The Brewers were in firm control from the start as the Dodgers hitters could not mount any kind of serious attack against the Milwaukee pitchers until the ninth inning. Jeremy Jeffers gave up two ninth inning hits and a walk to load the bases, but he struck out Brian Dozier with the bases loaded to end the game.Chacin pitched 5.1 innings and gave up just three hits and two walks. Corey Knebel did not allow a base runner in 1.2 innings, and Joakim Soria retired the only hitter he faced in the eighth inning.Ace left-handed reliever Josh Hader got the final two outs of the eighth, and Brewers manager Craig Counsell decided the four-run cushion was large enough that he did not have to use Hader for the ninth.The Brewers survived that decision, but the bases-loaded situation created quite a bit of angst.Knebel credited Chacin for his dominant start. "The guy is a beast Marwin Gonzalez Jersey ," he told Fran Charles of the MLB Network. "He is attacking hitters. We all know how tough that lineup is over there. Chacin doesn't care and he just does his job."The Dodgers will try to avoid falling into a 3-1 hole by winning Game 4 at home Wednesday night. Manager Dave Roberts will send Rich Hill to the mound to get that victory, while the Brewers will depend on their bullpen to get the job done.Counsell will give the ball to Gio Gonzalez to start, and a parade of relievers are likely to follow.National League Championship SeriesScheduleGame 1: Brewers 6, Dodgers 5; Brewers lead 1-0Game 2: Dodgers 4, Brewers 3; Series tied 1-1Game 3: Brewers 4, Dodgers 0, Brewers lead 2-1Game 4: Brewers at Dodgers; Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 9:09p.m. ET on FS1Game 5: Brewers at Dodgers; Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 5:05p.m. ET on FS1*Game 6: Dodgers at Brewers; Friday, Oct. 19 at 8:39p.m. ET on FS1*Game 7: Dodgers at Brewers; Saturday, Oct. 20 at 9:09p.m. ET on FS1*If necessary.NBC Sports NBCSportsNathan Eovaldi to start Game 3 of the ALCS for the Red Sox. b3gBVASKM4 M41MepdchSPredictionsThe Red Sox and Astros are likely to throw figurative punches at each other for seven games. Boston must win one of the next three games in Houston to get the ALCS back to Fenway Park, and we expect that to happen.However, the Astros appear to have the advantage in Game 3 with Keuchel over Eovaldi.Keuchel has been on the postseason stage many times, and while Eovaldi performed well against the Yankees, the Astros can dominate against the fastball, and it will be difficult for the Red Sox starter to hold them in check.The Red Sox will win one of the following two games in Houston and then finish the series with victories in Games 6 and 7 at home.The Brewers answered quite a few questions with their Game 3 win in Los Angeles. Their 12-game winning streak ended with their Game 2 loss at Miller Park, but the Brewers came back with a sharp victory in Game 3.The Dodgers are facing near-desperation after losing Game 3, and they will find a way to win Game 4.This is also a seven-game series, and the Brewers will survive and advance as they win their first National League pennant and progress to their second World Series. (The Brewers were in the American League when they made it to the 1982 World Series). Rob Carr/Getty ImagesA handful of the offseason's top MLB free agents remain preoccupied with World Series aspirations. The hot stove , however, never stays off entirely.Before joining a stacked crop of stars on the open market, Manny Machado, Clayton Kershaw, Dallas Keuchel, Charlie Morton, Craig Kimbrel, Yasmani Grandal, Nathan Eovaldi, Brian Dozier and Hyun-Jin Ryu will look to pad their portfolios with an indelible October moment. As they play for glory, 26 teams are already planning for the winter.Those are only some of baseball's biggest names who will put the sport's recent lethargic spending to the test. Affluent organizations have patiently waited for this influx of game-changing talent, and a growing division of power could spark bidding wars among MLB's top contenders.Let's take an early stroll around the rumor mill to examine some free-agent chatter. Phillies in Mix for Manny Machado and Bryce HarperThe Phillies are expected to pursue Bryce Harper and Machado this offseason.Rob Carr/Getty ImagesAlthough their premature playoff hopes cratered with an 8-20 September, the Philadelphia Phillies remain poised to make major noise this postseason.Even when 2018 contention was a longshot, they opened their wallets to sign Jake Arrieta and Carlos Santana. Before accounting for arbitration, those are the only players on the payroll set to make more than $9 million next year.That makes them a strong candidate to pursue the winter's grand prizes, Machado and Bryce Harper. While the former better fits their need for a shortstop or third baseman, FanCred's Jon Heyman said they may ultimately want to poach Harper from the rival Washington Nationals."Phillies people suggest they don鈥檛 think signing both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper is likely, but no one should rule it out," Heyman wrote. "They are expected to be the most aggressive team in bidding this winter. And while they have a strong connection to Machado Kole Calhoun Jersey , don鈥檛 be surprised if it鈥檚 Harper instead. Harper is a chance to stick it to the rival Nats, and his big finish made folks notice."Either one would represent a franchise-altering coup. While most players enter free agency beyond their prime, these superstar sluggers each have plenty of All-Star years ahead at age 26.Machado, who has played all but 11 games in the last four seasons, belted 33-37 homers in each of those campaigns and twice exceeded 6.0 WAR. He offers more consistency and a strong glove, especially if he accepts a permanent move to the hot corner.Harper's batting average has fluctuated wildly (.330, .243, .319, .249) over the years, but only five hitters have registered a higher on-base percentage (.388) since his debut in 2012. As showcased by his MVP campaign in 2015, he may still brandish the highest ceiling of anyone in the game.It'd be sweat to bolster their squad while weakening Washington in the process, but the Phillies should still make Machado their top priority. With minus-146Defensive Runs Saved(DRS), they played MLB's worst defense by a wide margin.The former Baltimore Orioles cornerstone can bolster their infield as a solid shortstop or Gold Glove third baseman. Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean the Phillies are first on his wish list, yet they have the resources to offer a massive, potentially record-setting contract to steer him away from the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees.With a top suitor less likely to offer another enormous deal, Harper stays in D.C. to form a formidable outfield with Juan Soto and Victor Robles.Prediction: Machado signs a 10-year megadeal with Phillies; Harper stays with Nationals.Yankees Yearn for Patrick CorbinThe Yankees are reportedly interested in New York native Patrick Corbin.Denis Poroy/Getty ImagesBooted from the playoffs by the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees can oversee significantturnover to take the next step this winter. With southpaw starters J.A. Happ and CC Sabathia set to enter free agency, they will need to fortify their rotation behind Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka.Per Heyman Garrett Richards Jersey , the Bronx Bombers "are expected to target" Patrick Corbin. There appears to be mutual interest, as the New York native spoke fondly of the possibility to USA Today's Bob Nightengale in April."It would definitely be great to play there," Corbin said. "I grew up a Yankee fan. My whole family are Yankee fans. My mom, my dad, my grandpa, everybody. Really, every generation of my family has been Yankee fans."Nightengale recently followed up with a tweet suggesting little has changed following Corbin's career year:Bob Nightengale BNightengaleThe biggest upset of the free agent period this winter is if the #Yankees DONT land free agent pitcher Patrick Corbin, who grew up in Syracuse, and is from a family with generations of Yankee fansThat's not including his asking price. The lefty boosted his market value substantially by submitting a 3.15 ERA and 246 strikeouts in 200 innings for the Arizona Diamondbacks. His 2.47 fielding independent pitching (FIP) ranked third among all qualified starters behind Jacob deGrom (1.99) and Trevor Bauer (2.47).Teams may hesitate to throw ace money at a 28-year-old with a 3.91career ERA who went underwent Tommy John surgery in 2014, yet the breakout looks legit. Only Max Scherzer generated a higher percentage of swinging strikes, and nobody induced more swings outside the strike zone.The Yankees need to keep pace with the American League powerhouses, and Corbin wouldslide perfectly into their rotation as an upgrade to Happ and/or Sabathia. He's also younger than fellow free-agent southpaws Kershaw and Keuchel, who will each turn 31 before 2019's Opening Day.The Diamondbacks, on the other hand, look poised to retool after missing the playoffs. A.J. Pollock is also a free agent, and ESPN's Buster Olney said the NL West squad will entertain offers for Paul Goldschmidt. Perhaps the star first baseman joins Corbin in the Big Apple.Prediction: Corbin signs with Yankees for five years, $90 million 'No Indication' Rockies Will Retain DJ LeMahieuThe Rockies have showed no signs of working to re-sign DJ LeMahieu, who will need to generate all of his value on defense away from Coors Field.Justin Edmonds/Getty ImagesThe Colorado Rockies, who scored two runs in three National League Division Series losses Andrew Heaney Jersey , are in an unusual position of needing to bolster their lineup behind a fortified pitching staff. Those renovations may not include DJ LeMahieu.According to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, there's "no indication" the Rockies will try to retain the 30-year-old second baseman.Their reticence makes sense after rookie Garrett Hampson notched a .396 on-base percentage in 24 MLB games. Their No. 4-ranked prospect on batted .311/.382/.462 in Double-A and Triple-A, so he could likely replicate or exceed LeMahieu's subpar 86 weighted runs created plus (wRC+).Either one of them would have to fend off top prospect Brendan Rodgers, a shortstop blocked by Trevor Story who could demand a major league spotlight next season.With a career 87.0 contact percentage, LeMehieu leveraged Coors Field to a .329 batting average, yet the 2016 National League batting champion sports a pedestrian .264/.311/.362 slash line away from Colorado's friendly confines. He may find an unforgiving market if the Rockies pass.Ignoring the two-time Gold Glover's defensive contributions, however, would also be a mistake. His 18 DRS trailed Kolten Wong by one run for the top spot among all second basemen.The Boston Red Sox rented Ian Kinsler for his glove, but he offset any defensive value by batting .242/.394/.311. While LeMahieu's offense will suffer away from Coors, the contact skills should prevent him from bottoming out entirely.Besides, the AL East champions already have plenty of offensive firepower in Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, Andrew Benintendi and Xander Bogaerts. Replacing Kinsler with LeMahieu would preserve an elite double-play combination.Prediction: LeMahieu signs a three-year, $28 million deal with Red SoxAll advanced stats courtesy of FanGraphs unless otherwise noted.
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