The Los Angeles Angels will reportedly get a boost from Mike
Trout when they host the Houston Astros.Per Jeff Fletcher of theOrange County
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the disabled list and in the lineup on Friday.Trout last played on Aug. 1
against the Tampa Bay Rays. He was originallyconsideredday-to-day with a wrist
contusion he sustained in the first inning of that game during an awkward slide
into third base.The Angels eventually put Trout on the 10-day disabled list
withinflammationin his right wrist. He was also away from the team following
thedeathof his brother-in-law Aaron Cox, who was a pitcher in Los Angeles' minor
league system, on Aug. 15.Trout is having another MVP-caliber season with a
.309/.459/.624 slash line and 30 home runs in 109 games. The seven-time All-Star
leads Major League Baseball with 99 walks, a .459 on-base percentage and 1.083
OPS.The Angels enter Friday's game with a 63-65 record and are 13 games behind
the Oakland Athletics for the second wild card spot in the American League.
Major League Baseball hasn't seen a repeat World Series champion since the New
York Yankees reeled off three straight from 1998 through 2000.That drought will
continue at least one more year after the Boston Red Sox bounced the Houston
Astros out of the American League Championship Series with a 4-1 victory
Thursday behind six scoreless innings and nine strikeoutsfrom David Price.It was
the five-time All-Star's first win in 12 career postseason starts."He's never
going to forget it," center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.told reporters. "I know
I'm not."The Red Sox are still awaiting their opponent, as the Los Angeles
Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers go back to Wisconsin for Friday's Game 6. The
Dodgers own a 3-2 advantage after Clayton Kershaw pitched them to a 5-2 win
Wednesday.Since we're here to make predictions, we might as well start here: The
Dodgers are going back to the World Series. They'll clinch their spot Friday
behind Hyun-Jin Ryu and his superhuman 1.97 ERA.But we know you're here for more
bold calls than that. After laying out the World Series' TV schedule, we'll
examine three of our biggest and boldest below. 2018 World Series TV
ScheduleGame 1: Tuesday, Oct. 23: Dodgers/Brewers at Red Sox; 8:09 p.m.Game 2:
Wednesday, Oct. 24: Dodgers/Brewers at Red Sox;8:09 p.m.Game 3: Friday, Oct. 26:
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, Oct. 27: Red Sox at
Dodgers/Brewers;8:09 p.m.*Game 5: Sunday, Oct. 28: Red Sox at
Dodgers/Brewers;8:15 p.m.*Game 6: Tuesday, Oct. 30: Dodgers/Brewers at Red
Sox;8:09 p.m.*Game 7: Wednesday, Oct. 31: Dodgers/Brewers at Red Sox;8:09
p.m.All times ET and all games on Fox Bold PredictionsCraigKimbrelWon't Allow a
RunFile this under recency boldness鈥攁 category quite possibly created
specifically for this article.Craig Kimbrel is a seven-time All-Star and
four-time saves leader. For his career, he has a sub-2.00 ERA and a sub-1.00
WHIP. Just last season, those marks were 1.43 and 0.68, respectively.Normally,
calling for a scoreless stretch from him isn't much different than predicting a
sunrise. But if you tighten the lens to just this postseason, he's been as
hittable as any of Boston's bullpen regulars.He's surrendered six hits, six
walks and five runs (all earned) over 6.1 innings. He's had a single scoreless
appearance in five chances.So why are we bullish about him bouncing back? For
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happens.Plus, something was spotted in his delivery鈥攂y former Red Sox closer
Eric Gagne, of all people鈥攕uggesting he was tipping his pitches. The information
reached Kimbrel before Game 5, and he needed just 14 pitches to send the Astros
into summer vacation."We knew he was tipping his pitches yesterday and that he
was gonna be fine," Boston skipper Alex Cora said, per's Chris
Cotillo. "We saw his hands today. Yesterday they were up; today they were down.
He was tipping his pitches for two weeks." David Price Will Win 2 More
Postseason StartsTo suggest that a single victory can reroute the course of
Price's entire playoff trajectory is madness, right? Even after Thursday's gem,
his career postseason ERA still sits at an unsightly 5.04. It was north of 13 in
two of his first three playoff trips with the franchise.But his Game 5
performance had all the markings of a breakthrough.The deck was stacked against
him. He was pitching on three days' rest and even less fresh than that sounds,
considering he warmed up for a possible relief appearance the night before. He
was facing a 103-win team that ranked among the 10 best offenses in runs
(sixth), homers (10th), batting average (seventh) and OPS (seventh).Turns out
none of it mattered.Price didn't simply deliver a clutch pitching
performance鈥攖he guy wasdealing.Christopher Smith SmittyOnMLBRick Porcello on
David Price:was throwing gas. The fastball was 95 Baker
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one of the best efforts Ive ever seen in the postseason given the situation on
short rest and (warming up in) the bullpen yesterday. Thats as impressive as you
getquot;Pitcher List PitcherListBeautiful changeup from David Price to fan
Carlos Correa mnUj8k3QHyBut that's the Price we've all come to know in the
regular season. After watching him finally find his form in the playoffs, why
can't he maintain that level?The Red Sox might need to follow his lead. Chris
Sale has battled both injuries and illness. Rick Porcello had a rough go his
last time out (seven hits, four runs, two homers in four innings). Nathan
Eovaldi has been spectacular this postseason, but his career numbers say he's
just average (44-53, 4.16 ERA).In other words, Boston might need a couple good
ones out of its $217 million man. Look for Price to deliver under the bright
lights again.The MVP Won't Be a 2018 All-StarThe list of World Series MVP
winners isn't hurting for name recognition. We've seen time and again that
superstars have a way of performing when pressure is at its highest.But
sometimes the quirkiness of baseball can put unexpected heroes under the
spotlight.Look no further than the ALCS, where Bradley鈥攁 career .238 hitter with
one 20-homer season鈥攕lugged his way to the MVP award with a double, two homers
and nine RBI.Jayson Stark jaysonstStrange But True Alert:Jackie Bradley Jr.
during the season: 0 XBH with the bases loaded.Jackie Bradley Jr. in Games 2
amp;amp; 3: A double amp;amp; now a HR with the bases loaded!October baseball is
just funny like that sometimes.David Freese had 15 career homers when he
surprisingly surged to being the 2011 World Series MVP. The 2010 honor went to
Edgar Renteria, who hadn't been an All-Star since 2006 and didn't play an MLB
game after 2011. Livan Hernandez entered the 1997 postseason with 99.1 career
innings and left it with both the NLCS and World Series MVP awards.We'll say
another unlikely star emerges this year, even though the series won't be lacking
star power. The Red Sox and Brewers both had five All-Star
representatives ,
while the Dodgers sent three.Still, there's a massive player pool behind that
group, and it isn't short on candidates for any team. Would anyone be shocked by
Price, Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers or Xander Bogaerts taking home the
trophy for Boston? What about Kershaw, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner or Joc
Pederson for L.A.? Or Ryan Braun, Mike Moustakas or Travis Shaw for
Milwaukee?All it takes is a few timely hits or a couple of shutdown pitching
performances to shape the course of the series. We're guessing said
contributions will come from a player who didn't participate in the Midseason
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