Bradley's three-RBI double in Game 2 propelled the Red Sox into the lead. "Blasting him, calling him the worst pitcher in the postseason". Can't cut it in Boston.
This isn't the first time Belichick gave the Red Sox a positive shoutout this year.
In the playoffs, they've only backed it up, beating the Yankees in four and then the Astros in five.
That narrative requires some unpacking as well.
Bradley's nine RBI are third most by a Red Sox player in the ALCS.
The Game 1 victor this year, he entered 4-1 with a 1.21 ERA when starting potential elimination games with Detroit and Houston.
Marwin Gonzalez scored Houston's only run of the game with a home run in the seventh inning.
The Red Sox will host the victor of the Brewers-Dodgers NLCS.
"This year's team is better than last year's team", third baseman Alex Bregman said.
Altuve went 1 for 4 in the finale. It was left to right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, Boston's Game 3 starter, to secure the four outs that would get the game to Craig Kimbrel. And a night after Craig Kimbrel almost blew Game 4, Cora didn't hesitate to put in his closer for the ninth. The Red Sox wouldn't have got here without him, and they certainly couldn't celebrate without him.
It was his first scoreless outing in 12 postseason starts. As prevalent as that record was in the story of Price's career, it might as well have been hung around his neck as he took the mound Thursday night.
After the game, the Red Sox team Twitter account mimicked Bregman's Instagram caption when it posted a video of the champagne celebration in the clubhouse.
But in a way, that made this the ideal scenario for Price - one in which there would be few expectations, little pressure and less downtime to stew over his previous postseason failures. Meanwhile, the Red Sox will have to wait until Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Fenway Park to kick off Game 1 of the World Series against the victor of the NLDS. "And tomorrow we can turn the page and move on to the World Series with David Price". He's nearly a part of them, but he's not, and it's just natural for him.
"To win 108 games in a season, you've got to have a complete team and I think that was on display this series". And before that, Martinez was a part of the Astros organization before they released him in March 2014. But here, given no margin of error by his vanishing offense, he fell short.
With the season on the line, Verlander was unable to save the Astros this time. But that is a thing of the past.