ALCS GAME 2 AT A GLANCE

Astros-Red Sox Game 2 preview: Houston looks to stay undefeated

Gerrit Cole gets the start tonight. Bob Levey/Getty Images

The Astros already completed a tough feat in stealing a road playoff game, which they did last night in Game 1 to go up 1-0 in the series. They could take even more control of the series by winning tonight and putting immense pressure on Boston as the series would head to Houston. Be sure to follow SportsMap for a full recap of Game 2 right after the final out:

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Fenway Park, Boston.

TV: TBS.

Streaming: TBS App.

Pitching matchup: Gerrit Cole vs. David Price.

Series: Astros lead 1-0.

The breakdown: The Astros should have immense confidence heading into Game 2. Not only should they have the edge on the Red Sox after winning a game in their house last night, but they also have the advantage in the starting pitching battle. The Astros will be sending out Gerrit Cole, who is fresh off his absolutely dominant seven-inning performance in the ALDS Game 2 win against the Indians. The Red Sox will be starting David Price, who despite having a solid regular season, got rocked by the Yankees in their ALDS Game 2, giving up three runs on two home runs and getting pulled before being able to finish just two innings. The Red Sox should be treating this as a must-win game, which will make it even sweeter for Houston if they can pull off their fifth straight win and stay undefeated in the postseason.

Series schedule:

  Result / Date & Time Location Pitching matchup
Game 1 Astros 7, Red Sox 2 Boston Verlander (W) vs. Sale (ND)
Game 2 Tonight, 6:00 PM Boston Cole vs. Price
Game 3 Tue. 10/16, 4:00 PM Minute Maid   Keuchel+ vs. TBD
Game 4 Wed. 10/17, 7:30 PM Minute Maid Morton+ vs. TBD
Game 5* Thu. 10/18, 7:00 PM Minute Maid Verlander+ vs. TBD
Game 6* Sat. 10/20, 4:00 PM Boston Cole+ vs. TBD
Game 7* Sun. 10/21, 6:30 PM Boston TBD vs. TBD

* Games 5-7 are if necessary.
+-projected starters.

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Texans fall to Browns. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images.

The Houston Texans kept it closer than the experts thought they would, but couldn't pull out a victory. Here are 11 observations from the loss in Cleveland to the Browns.

1. The game looks totally different if Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor finishes the game. Taylor left at halftime with a hamstring injury. He was playing exceptionally well against his former team. Taylor is not expected to play Thursday according to NFL Network.

2. Davis Mills had a rocky NFL debut which was to be expected. Mills looked to have the wrong elements of a few plays. He also couldn't hit backup wideout Andre Roberts over the middle and threw an interception. It was a fine performance considering what Mills showed he could do in the preseason.

3. Mills didn't work with a full load of offensive weapons in the second half. Rookie wideout Nico Collins didn't return to the game after his lone catch and big run early in the game. Veteran slot receiver Danny Amendola left the game with an injury. Tight end Anthony Auclair left with an eye injury. The Texans entered the game without wide receiver Anthony Miller who was inactive.

4. Brandin Cooks is a monster through two games. He is the most dangerous skill position player on the team, and defenses still have trouble covering him and staying with him. Cooks turned in yet another impressive day for this team and hauled in a Davis Mills touchdown pass.

5. The Browns did a solid job against the ground game of the Texans. Mark Ingram averaged under three yards per carry and Tyrod Taylor was the only rusher to have a big play on the ground. This led to a fair number of third-and-long situations which the Texans usually had trouble converting.

6. Justin Reid was set to increase his payday on his next contract with his early play. Reid forced a fumble and had an interception in the first half. Unfortunately, Reid would leave the game multiple times with injuries. The knock on Reid has always been his health.

7. The Texans were worn down by the Browns rushing attack all day. Once Cleveland committed to the run they saw the success of their work culminating in a 26-yard scamper by Nick Chubb for a touchdown. The Browns didn't run as much as I excepted them to run early.

8. Tim Kelly had another nice day calling plays. Kelly remains creative in finding ways to get the ball out of Taylor's hands quickly as well as manufacturing matchups where the Texans can win and pick up yards. He even got creative to get Davis Mills a passing touchdown late in the game. Kelly has been very impressive through two games.

9. Andre Roberts was inexcusably bad today. The Texans defense held on the opening drive and his muffed punt eliminated the momentum from the defensive stand. He also had poor returns on kickoffs. His lone job is to be a solid returner, and he failed at that on Sunday.

10. David Culley had a head-scratching decision foregoing an offsides call on a third down. The head coach opted for the result of the third down, and a punt on fourth down, instead of another third down. He did not explain himself well postgame on the decision either.

11. The Texans hung tough and should feel solid about where they could have been without the injury to their quarterback. With no Taylor in the short week, it will not be easy to beat the Panthers who upset the Saints on Sunday.

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