We all know what happened the last time the Astros played the Red Sox. In 2017 the Astros came out of the ALCS tasting the thrill of victory. In 2018 it was the bitter agony of defeat they experienced.
The Red Sox had the best record of any team in baseball for most of last year, but the dread World Series hangover virus seems to have stricken them, and now they are barely over .500, and in third place in the AL East. They are hot right now though, winning eight if their last ten games.
But not as hot as the Astros, who are on an eight game winning streak, have won nine of their last ten games, and have the best record in baseball.