Boston Red Sox @ Houston Astros: Stros to take the lead and keep it

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Dallas Keuchel takes the mound tonight
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The American League Championship Series is finely poised at 1-1 and with the series moving down to Houston for an Astros homestand, Ben Steele previews tonight's pivotal matchup.

"Bregman posted a video on Instagram yesterday of the last time the Astros faced the Red Sox starter, where Springer, Bregman and Jose Altuve hit three consecutive homers in a 5-1 win. Houston will fancy their chances at home, especially given their previous success against tonight's pitcher. Expect another high scoring game tonight."

Boston Red Sox @ Houston Astros
American League Championship Series Game 3
Tuesday, 22:05
Live on BT Sport 1

Springer back at it again in October

Last season's World Series MVP, George Springer, has been key again in the postseason. Nobody has hit more playoff home runs than the Astros man and only Manny Machado of the Dodgers has more RBIs.

As the ALCS heads to Houston; Springer will be hoping to add to his tally and put his side well and truly in the driving seat. Behind the arm of Justin Verlander the Astros won Game 1 to steal home field advantage away from the top ranked Red Sox and head back home with the series tied at 1-1.

Manager A.J. Hinch will turn to Dallas Keuchel to try and earn the lead for Houston tonight but given the strength of Boston's batting lineup, he will almost certainly need run support from the likes of Springer. Keuchel will face off against Nathan Eovaldi, who is coming off an impressive performance in New York last week.

The 28-year-old conceded just one run over seven innings at the Red Sox cruised to victory, however, Eovaldi has struggled against the Astros as Houston third baseman Alex Bregman knows only too well.

Bregman posted a video on Instagram yesterday of the last time the Astros faced the Red Sox starter, where Springer, Bregman and Jose Altuve hit three consecutive homers in a 5-1 win. Houston will fancy their chances at home, especially given their previous success against tonight's pitcher. Expect another high scoring game tonight.

Scoring to start early

As you would expect from the two teams with the best records in baseball this season, Houston and Boston both have high powered offences but they also, both have batting lineups who score early, as well as often.

By the end of the third inning in Game 2 nine runs had been scored and while the score was kept down early in Game 1 this can be attributed to the fact the starting pitchers in that game were Justin Verlander and Chris Sale.

With the two pitchers tonight, both representing a bit of a step down from those two aces the game will likely follow the same pattern as Game 2. Since the start of the 2017 playoffs Houston are 10-1 at home so look for them to jump out to an early lead and never look back.

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