BOSTON — One thing that would aid the Red Sox greatly in their quest to upset the Astros in the American League Championship Series that starts on Friday night?
The past two trips to the mound have not gone well at all for Sale, who has made 10 starts since coming back from Tommy John surgery.
It’s doubtful Boston can beat Houston in a best-of-seven without a functional Sale. The Red Sox feel the seven-time All-Star might be on the verge of a breakthrough.
Cora actually had Sale warming up in the bullpen in Game 4 against the Rays in the ALDS and said the left-hander would have come on for the series-clinching save opportunity if Boston had the lead going into the ninth inning.
With the game tied, Garrett Whitlock stayed in for a second inning. It turns out that warming up Sale could wind up being something that helps him in this series.
“He feels good about where he’s at,” Cora said. “I had a conversation with somebody today, and it was music to my ears because they said something about, ‘He found it in the bullpen.’ The last time I heard somebody found it in the bullpen was David Price in [October ] ’18, and he took off.
“Hopefully, he found something in the bullpen, but I think we recognized a few things that are going to get him to the point that he’s more balanced and…