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Red Sox Postseason: Five players who need to step up in ALCS

The Boston Red Sox have made it out of the first round of the postseason for the first time since 2013 when they won their last World Series. Now the reigning champion Houston Astros stand in their path to a title. It’s a tall task that will only be possible with contributions from every member of the roster. That means a few players who underwhelmed in the ALDS against the New York Yankees need to step up.

This series is a rematch of last year’s ALDS, won convincingly by the Astros three games to one. Houston outscored Boston 24-18, a gap that undersells how dominant the Astros were.