The Red Sox entered Monday’s big series with plenty of positive momentum on their side after sweeping the Yankees. Boston’s good fortune immediately translated over to their road tilt, as Alex Cora’s team seized an early 3-0 lead over the Astros thanks to a first-inning home run by Adam Duvall.
What happened right before the home run, you truly need to see to believe, though.
Just as Duvall went up 1-0 in the count, NESN analyst Kevin Millar made a bold prediction: “He’s going deep.” Millar said he believed this was a bad matchup for Astros pitcher Cristian Javier, and just two pitches later, he was incredibly right: Duvall took Javier to deep left field, sending the ball up to the train at Minute Maid Park.
We all know about “freezing cold takes,” where analysts make claims that turn out to be absurdly false later. This is the complete opposite of that, as Millar was improbably right on the money, and it took almost no time to see his prediction become reality.
This is the second time in a week that Duvall has gone yard, which is exactly what Red Sox fans want to see. Boston will need all of the scoring it can muster to take down Houston on the road and continue to keep pace in the AL Wild Card race.