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Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox: ALCS Game 1 Info

A cross-country trek for the Detroit Tigers, but I’m sure they have zero regrets after defeating the Oakland Athletics in a thrilling five-game ALDS series. The Boston Red Sox head into tonight’s game with a little extra rest after disposing of the Tampa Bay Rays in four games.

Let’s get to the particulars for tonight…

Time, Venue, TV and Radio Info

Date: Saturday, October 12th
Start Time: 8:00 PM EST
Location: Boston, Massachusettes
Venue: Fenway Park
TV Info: FOX
Radio Info: ESPN Radio, 97.1 The Ticket (DET), WEEI 93.7 (BOS)
Live Stream:MLB.tv or the MLB at Bat 12 App.

Starting Pitchers

Detroit – The Tigers hope that Anibal Sanchez (14-8, 2.57 ERA, 1.154 WHIP) can rebound from his poor performance in Game 3 of the ALDS. Sanchez had served up nine home runs for the entire regular season. He delivered three to the A’s.

Not many Red Sox players have seen Sanchez which could be an advantage for the Tigers righty. Makes sense when you consider Sanchez has only faced them on one previous occasion. The Red Sox battered him to the tune of seven runs and eight hits over 4.1 innings. That outing was in 2006.

Sanchez v. Red Sox Batters

Player PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
Shane Victorino 47 43 10 1 0 1 2 4 7 0.233 0.298 0.326
Stephen Drew 23 20 5 0 1 0 3 1 4 0.250 0.304 0.350
David Ross 12 11 2 0 0 1 2 1 3 0.182 0.250 0.455
Jonny Gomes 5 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.250 0.400 0.500
David Ortiz 3 3 3 1 0 2 4 0 0 1.000 1.000 3.333
Total 90 81 21 3 1 4 11 7 14 0.259 0.322 0.469
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 10/12/2013.

Boston – Jon Lester will oppose Sanchez. In seven regular season starts against the Tigers, Lester is 2-2 with an ERA of 4.63 and a WHIP of 1.545. Lester’s best baseball for 2013 came after the All-Star break. After that, Lester was 7-2 (in 13 starts), owing a 2.57 ERA (almost two runs lower than the first half of the season) and 1.186 WHIP.

Lester v. Tigers Batters

Player PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
Torii Hunter 32 30 13 3 0 1 4 2 4 0.433 0.469 0.633
Jhonny Peralta 32 27 8 2 0 2 5 5 7 0.296 0.406 0.593
Miguel Cabrera 24 19 10 2 0 1 3 5 1 0.526 0.625 0.789
Brayan Pena 17 17 7 1 0 0 4 0 2 0.412 0.412 0.471
Prince Fielder 16 15 4 0 0 0 1 1 3 0.267 0.313 0.267
Victor Martinez 16 14 6 0 1 1 3 2 0 0.429 0.500 0.786
Austin Jackson 15 14 4 1 0 0 0 1 2 0.286 0.333 0.357
Alex Avila 6 6 3 1 0 0 1 0 2 0.500 0.500 0.667
Omar Infante 6 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.333
Andy Dirks 3 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0.500 0.667 2.000
Jose Iglesias 3 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 0.333 0.333 0.667
Ramon Santiago 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000
Total 173 156 59 11 1 6 23 17 24 0.378 0.439 0.577
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 10/12/2013.

Sawx fans hope that bottom line is not a foretelling of what could occur during tonight’s game. Of course, the Tiger faithful hope that it is.

Starting Lineups (provided by Baseball Press)

Tigers   Red Sox
1. Austin Jackson (R) CF   1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Torii Hunter (R) RF   2. Shane Victorino (S) RF
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 3B   3. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B
4. Prince Fielder (L) 1B   4. David Ortiz (L) DH
5. Victor Martinez (S) DH   5. Mike Napoli (R) 1B
6. Jhonny Peralta (R) LF   6. Daniel Nava (S) LF
7. Omar Infante (R) 2B   7. Stephen Drew (L) SS
8. Alex Avila (L) C   8. Will Middlebrooks (R) 3B
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS   9. David Ross (R) C

Interesting that Jim Leyland is going with Peralta in left. Sure, his bat will likely be needed, and he has shown some success in facing Lester. And Peralta hit .417 (5-for-12) in the LDS. It’s just that left field wall.

Ross gets that call behind the plate for the Red Sox over Jerrod Saltalamacchia. Salty was 3-for-10 in the ALDS, but those seven outs were all strikeouts.

Tags: Boston Red Sox Detroit Tigers MLB Playoffs

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