How to watch Astros vs. Red Sox: ALCS Game 1 streaming

Kris Bryant Corey Kluber Nolan Arenado

Kris Bryant Corey Kluber Nolan Arenado

"Just keep swimming", Verlander, 35, told reporters on Thursday. Just head down, prepare myself and just keep pitching. So I think we just - you have to embrace it.

The Red Sox ace started Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Astros and failed to deliver. "And at the end of my career, hopefully when I look up and all is said and done, that's cemented my legacy".

The Astros have gotten out to an early lead.

He earned the win in Game 1 of the Astros' sweep of the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS. And I think treating that stuff before it becomes an issue is what makes it not become an issue, as easy as that sounds.

He limited the damage from there and regained his footing by retiring seven of the final eight batters he faced, but with the Red Sox hoping for a vintage Sale outing, they instead found themselves trailing 2-0 against dominant Astros starter Justin Verlander with their bullpen on the hook for the final five innings. As I got ready to board my plane to Boston, I got chills and goosebumps just thinking about it. "I said second half, by the way".

He's likely to be among the three finalists for the AL Cy Young Award.

It's been a huge year for Verlander, of course.