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ALCS Preview: David Price, Mookie Betts need to improve for Red Sox to win

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ALCS Preview: David Price, Mookie Betts need to improve for Red Sox to win

In this episode of The Baseball Show presented by Twin River Casino, Lou Merloni is joined by NBC Sports Boston Red Sox insider Evan Drellich to preview the American League Championship Series showdown between the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros:

0:46 - Evan and Lou discuss Alex Cora's decision to start David Price in Game 2 after the lefty lasted just 1.2 innings in his start vs. the Yankees.

4:28 - Alex Cora deflected questions about Price by essentially saying he doesn't believe players can be clutch or not clutch. Evan wonders, "would it be so bad for Cora to say, 'You know what, David has to learn how to handle pressure better.'"

7:25 - Lou and Evan discuss the bullpen plan for the Red Sox in the series and wonder if Cora will use some of his starters (Nathan Eovaldi or Chris Sale) in relief.

10:28 - "Are you getting sick yet of the Alex Cora, A.J. Hinch narrative? There's a lot else to focus on here." Evan and Lou take a look at some of the storylines that will dominate this series.

14:14 - After Mookie Betts hit just .188 in the ALDS vs. the Yankees, it's clear he needs to improve if the Red Sox are going to beat the Astros. Evan and Lou talk about who else needs to step up for the Sox.

17:21 - Evan asks Lou how the Red Sox should assemble their ALCS roster and which players could be added or removed.

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The Baseball Show Podcast: Pitching staff struggles continue; no moves from Dombrowski

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The Baseball Show Podcast: Pitching staff struggles continue; no moves from Dombrowski

Lou Merloni is joined by NBC Sports Boston Red Sox insider Evan Drellich to break down the week in team news and results:

0:18 - With the MLB waiver trade deadline come and gone and the Red Sox standing pat, Evan and Lou debate if the current team (especially the bullpen) is good enough to succeed in the playoffs.

6:12 - Evan and Lou check in on the status of Boston's two top arms, Chris Sale and David Price. While Price seems to be close to a return, Sale's situation remains cloudy and the Red Sox need to make a decision about their ace.

12:41 - As the Red Sox' playoff roster begins to take shape, Evan and Lou discuss Alex Cora's comments on Rafael Devers needing to play better before returning to the team.

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The Baseball Show Podcast: Sale returns to the DL; Postseason field taking shape

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The Baseball Show Podcast: Sale returns to the DL; Postseason field taking shape

In this episode of The Baseball Show presented by Twin River Casino, Tony Massarotti joins NBC Sports Boston Red Sox insider Evan Drellich to break down the week in Red Sox news and results:

0:18 - Evan and Tony take a look at the Red Sox 2-0 loss against the Tampa Rays on Sunday, but focus on a bigger-picture issue: Chris Sale's return to the disabled list and what his condition could be for the playoffs.

4:59 - With Sale out of the rotation for now, it's up to David Price to pitch like an ace and he's done just that for the past month. Evan and Tony evaluate Price's recent success.

11:13 - With just six weeks left in the regular season, the American League playoff race is looking as clear as ever. Tony and Evan rank which teams in the race they would rather have the Red Sox play in the postseason and when.

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