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Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox: ALCS Game 2 Info

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A Jhonny Peralta single drove in the game’s only run. For 8.1 innings, the Boston Red Sox could not get a hit. The game took almost four hours (3:56) to play.

(Game 1 recaps: Motor City Bengals; BoSox Injection)

Tonight the Red Sox will look to get a Game 2 win at Fenway before heading to the Motor City. A split was the minimum the Detroit Tigers wanted. A sweep would be gravy.

Time, Venue, TV and Radio Info

Date: Sunday, October 13th
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 – Max Scherzer (21-3, 2.90 ERA, 0.970 WHIP) is the odds on favorite to win the AL Cy Young. He scored a pair of victories in the ALDS against the A’s, one as a starter and one as a reliever. Hard to believe that the Red Sox could do any damage against, him, right?

Wrong. It’s not so much that Scherzer has been horrible against the Red Sox this year (1-1, 2.57 ERA, 1.000 WHIP), but his career numbers aren’t pretty (2-4, 7.02 ERA, 1.630 WHIP). And some of those Red Sox hitters have had their way against him, too.

Scherzer v Red Sox batters

Player PA AB H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
David Ortiz 18 15 7 3 6 3 2 .467 .556 1.133
Dustin Pedroia 17 17 4 2 5 0 2 .235 .235 .588
Mike Napoli 14 13 1 0 0 1 5 .077 .143 .077
Stephen Drew 12 11 2 0 1 1 4 .182 .250 .364
Jacoby Ellsbury 12 9 5 1 5 3 1 .556 .667 1.000
Jarrod Saltalamacchia 12 12 5 1 2 0 4 .417 .417 .667
Daniel Nava 10 9 1 0 0 1 2 .111 .200 .111
Shane Victorino 10 10 2 0 0 0 3 .200 .200 .300
Mike Carp 9 8 2 0 0 1 5 .250 .333 .250
Jonny Gomes 6 6 2 0 0 0 2 .333 .333 .333
Will Middlebrooks 6 6 1 0 2 0 4 .167 .167 .167
David Ross 5 4 1 0 0 0 1 .250 .400 .500
Ryan Dempster 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Total 133 121 33 7 21 10 36 .273 .333 .496
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 10/13/2013.

Boston – Is the Clay Buchholz (12-1, 1.74 ERA, 1.025 WHIP) back? In looking at his performance in Game 3 of the ALDS, you might answer “meh”. His line from that outing wasn’t anything spectacular (ND, 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 R, 3 BB, 5 SO), but it was a quality start. Buchholz delivered a quality start in 13 of his 16 starts in the regular season.

But scan his game logs from his outings from this past season. His ALDS outing was almost his worst of 2013.

Buchholz v Tigers batters:

Player PA AB H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
Torii Hunter 28 24 4 0 0 4 4 .167 .286 .250
Miguel Cabrera 25 21 5 0 3 3 3 .238 .320 .333
Austin Jackson 21 19 5 1 1 2 4 .263 .333 .526
Jhonny Peralta 19 17 5 0 7 0 4 .294 .316 .412
Alex Avila 11 8 3 0 1 3 1 .375 .545 .625
Omar Infante 9 8 2 0 0 1 1 .250 .333 .500
Prince Fielder 7 6 1 0 0 1 1 .167 .286 .167
Victor Martinez 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Andy Dirks 5 5 2 1 1 0 0 .400 .400 1.000
Ramon Santiago 5 4 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .200 .000
Don Kelly 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333
Total 139 121 28 2 13 15 19 .231 .317 .380

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 Carp (L) 1B
6. Jhonny Peralta (R) SS   6. Jonny Gomes (R) LF
7. Alex Avila (L) C   7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (S) C
8. Omar Infante (R) 2B   8. Stephen Drew (L) SS
9. Don Kelly (L) LF   9. Will Middlebrooks (R) 3B
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