Red Sox Find Themselves in 2-0 Hole

-Nick Pooler

When the Red Sox found themselves in the playoffs after a long year of positivity, they did not expect to be down two games to none to start. Now the Sox find themselves with their backs against the wall going into Sunday afternoon’s contest versus the Houston Astros. The Sox will send Doug Fister to the mound. Fister is 5-9 with an ERA of 4.88 in 15 games started this year for Boston. Fister is in the last year of his contract and could make a huge statement for himself by picking up a win today. Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel were fantastic for Houston in the first few games, while Chris Sale and Drew Pomeranz were not. Fister looks to outduel Brad Peacock who is coming off the best year of his career as he hopes to keep the Sox alive for game four. A big part of Houston’s success has been their power. In two games the Astros’ have hit six home runs. Three of them coming from their “little guy” Jose Altuve who is for sure the leader of this squad. Fister will look to shut down the top of this streaking Astro line-up. Ideal for the Sox would be for Fister to give them six strong innings. Once they have been given this, they have options to turn to that include David Price, Matt Barnes and Carson Smith. These three need to step up big if they want any chance at coming back. The game’s first pitch is scheduled for 2:38 PM ET at Fenway Park. It is a win or go home for the Fenway faithful.