The Red Sox and Astros are meeting for the third time in the last five postseasons – and we all know the storylines. Alex Cora. The cheating. Houston won in 2017 and the Red Sox won in 2018. On each occasion, the victor subsequently won the World Series.
What that means in 2021 is impossible to know, but here are a few keys and/or things to watch for, particularly from the perspective of the Red Sox: