Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers: ALCS Game 3 Info

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Winner of pivotal Game 3 takes series lead.

A Big Papi grand slam and a Jerrod Saltalamacchia single (on a pitch clearly out of the strike zone, for the record) brought Fenway back to life and gave the Boston Red Sox a come from behind 6-5 win in Game 2 of the ALCS. Now, can the Red Sox corral that momentum as they head into Detroit? Would the day off in between games curtail that momentum?

Not sure, but I know who awaits them…Justin Verlander.

Time, Venue, TV and Radio Info

Date: Tuesday, October 15th
Start Time: 4:00 PM EST
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Venue: Comerica 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

Boston – The Red Sox will put the ball in the hands of John Lackey (10-13, 3.52 ERA, 1.157 WHIP) for Game 3. While the record isn’t overlay impressive, Lackey has rebounded nicely after missing all of 2012 due to Tommy John. You notice three things immediately upon looking at some numbers: allowing fewer hits, walking less opponents and striking out more opponents.

While Lackey got the win in Game 2 of the ALDS, he wasn’t treated kindly by the Tampa Bay Rays and their bats. In that game, Lackey hurled only 5.1 innings. He served up seven hits and allowed four runs, all earned.

But he does have some success against the Tigers, going 6-3 with an ERA of 3.86 and a WHIP of 1.322 in his 12 starts. Comerica Park has been a little kind to him: 4-1, 3.83 ERA, 1.400 WHIP in 6 of those 12 starts against Detroit.

Lackey v Tigers batters

Player PA AB H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Torii Hunter 61 56 13 2 6 3 11 .232 .295 .375 .670
Victor Martinez 34 29 11 0 0 4 3 .379 .471 .414 .884
Jhonny Peralta 33 31 11 0 4 0 8 .355 .364 .387 .751
Omar Infante 15 14 3 0 1 1 6 .214 .267 .357 .624
Miguel Cabrera 13 12 4 1 2 1 3 .333 .385 .667 1.051
Alex Avila 9 7 0 0 0 2 3 .000 .222 .000 .222
Prince Fielder 9 9 4 0 1 0 0 .444 .444 .667 1.111
Ramon Santiago 9 9 2 1 2 0 2 .222 .222 .556 .778
Austin Jackson 8 8 3 0 0 0 3 .375 .375 .500 .875
Andy Dirks 6 5 2 0 1 1 0 .400 .500 .800 1.300
Don Kelly 6 6 2 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
Brayan Pena 6 6 3 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .667 1.167
Jose Iglesias 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .667 1.000
Total 212 195 59 4 17 12 40 .303 .354 .436 .790
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Generated 10/15/2013.


Detroit – Justin Verlander (13-12, 3.46 ERA, 1.315 WHIP) will see if he can continue he awesome postseason performance. In his two ALDS appearances, all he did was go 15 innings and allow only six hits and 2 walks. Over that span, he whiffed 21 Oakland Athletics.

This won’t be the same lineup he’s facing in the Red Sox, but whatever Verlander was lacking during the regular season has been found. But Boston hasn’t been too kind to the 2011 MVP and AL Cy Young winner. In Verlander’s 11 starts against Boston, he is 3-4 with an ERA of 3.63 and WHIP of 1.197.

Verlander v Red Sox batters

Player PA AB H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
David Ortiz 30 27 10 2 4 3 8 .370 .433 .741 1.174
Mike Napoli 28 23 7 1 3 5 5 .304 .429 .435 .863
Jacoby Ellsbury 26 22 5 0 3 2 1 .227 .269 .318 .587
Dustin Pedroia 19 18 1 0 0 1 3 .056 .105 .056 .161
Stephen Drew 16 15 3 0 0 1 10 .200 .250 .267 .517
Jarrod Saltalamacchia 15 15 2 0 0 0 8 .133 .133 .133 .267
Jonny Gomes 13 9 0 0 1 3 3 .000 .231 .000 .231
Mike Carp 6 5 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .167 .000 .167
Shane Victorino 6 6 0 0 1 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Daniel Nava 4 3 1 0 3 1 1 .333 .500 .667 1.167
Will Middlebrooks 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Total 165 145 30 3 15 17 43 .207 .285 .324 .609
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Generated 10/15/2013.


Starting Lineups

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

Topics: ALDS, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, MLB Playoffs

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