Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers: ALCS Game 5 Info

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight’s Red Sox v Tigers winner stands on the cusp of a World Series berth.

The Tigers bats awoke for last night’s game. Much of his postgame presser centered around the “new” lineup and Leyland acknowledged “something had to be done”. He added that he had contacted hitting coach Lloyd McClendon with the card and had McClendon text the players so that there wouldn’t be a big shock once they saw it.

And in case you’re wondering, Leyland also said he would use the same lineup for tonihgt’s game. We’ll see if he does.

After last night’s game, Red Sox skipper John Farrell wasn’t sure about his lineup for tonight’s game. He was asked if Xander Bogaerts would get the start. Considering that Will Middlebrooks is 1-for-10 in the ALCS, it is a move he will consider.

Time, Venue, TV and Radio Info

Date: Thursday, October 17th
Start Time: 8:00 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 – Jon Lester (2013: 15-8, 3.75 ERA, 1.294 WHIP; playoffs: 1-1, 1.93 ERA, 0.929 WHIP)

Lester was the hard luck loser in Game 1 of the series. He got no support from his offense as the Red Sox dropped a 1-0 decision. Boston didn’t collect a hit until the 9th inning, but they were the benefactors of six walks.

Lester v Tigers batters

Player PA AB H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Torii Hunter 35 33 13 1 4 2 5 .394 .429 .576 1.004
Jhonny Peralta 35 30 10 2 6 5 7 .333 .429 .633 1.062
Miguel Cabrera 27 21 11 1 3 6 1 .524 .630 .762 1.392
Prince Fielder 19 17 5 0 1 1 3 .294 .368 .294 .663
Victor Martinez 19 17 6 1 3 2 0 .353 .421 .647 1.068
Austin Jackson 18 17 5 0 0 1 3 .294 .333 .353 .686
Brayan Pena 17 17 7 0 4 0 2 .412 .412 .471 .882
Alex Avila 9 9 4 0 1 0 3 .444 .444 .556 1.000
Omar Infante 9 9 2 0 0 0 1 .222 .222 .222 .444
Jose Iglesias 6 5 1 0 1 0 2 .200 .333 .400 .733
Andy Dirks 3 2 1 1 1 1 0 .500 .667 2.000 2.667
Ramon Santiago 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 200 180 65 6 24 18 28 .361 .425 .539 .964
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 10/17/2013.

Looking at that bottom line, hard to believe the Tigers got only six hits off Lester in the series first game. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Detroit bats continued their roll as Lester hasn’t performed well at Comerica (3 G, 19.1 IP, 19 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 10 BB, 17 SO).

Detroit – Anibal Sanchez (2013: 14-8, 2.57 ERA, 1.154 WHIP; playoffs: 1-1, 4.35 ERA, 1.549 WHIP)

Not exactly a sterling effort from Sanchez in Game 1. Sure, he didn’t allow any hits in his six innings f work, but he walked six, including a bases loaded jam in the sixth. He did strike out Stephen Drew swinging to end that inning. For the game, Sanchez collected a total of 12 whiffs.

Sanchez v Red Sox batters

Player PA AB H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Shane Victorino 50 46 10 1 2 4 9 .217 .280 .304 .584
Stephen Drew 26 22 5 0 3 2 6 .227 .308 .318 .626
David Ross 14 12 2 1 2 2 3 .167 .286 .417 .702
David Ortiz 6 6 3 2 4 0 2 .500 .500 1.667 2.167
Jonny Gomes 5 4 1 0 0 1 0 .250 .400 .500 .900
Jacoby Ellsbury 3 3 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Mike Napoli 3 2 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .333 .000 .333
Daniel Nava 3 2 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .333 .000 .333
Dustin Pedroia 3 1 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .667 .000 .667
Will Middlebrooks 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 115 100 21 4 11 13 26 .210 .304 .380 .684
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 10/17/2013.

The Red Sox couldn’t figure out Sanchez in Game 1, but outside of three guys that faced him in the NL, they haven’t seen him that much. Of those three (Victorino, Drew, Ross) two of them struggled against him in Game 1.

Starting Lineups

Red Sox   Tigers
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF   1. Torii Hunter (R) RF
2. Shane Victorino (S) RF   2. Miguel Cabrera (R) 3B
3. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B   3. Prince Fielder (L) 1B
4. David Ortiz (L) DH   4. Victor Martinez (S) DH
5. Mike Napoli (R) 1B   5. Jhonny Peralta (R) LF
6. Jonny Gomes (R) LF   6. Alex Avila (L) C
7. Stephen Drew (L) SS   7. Omar Infante (R) 2B
8. Xander Bogaerts (R) 3B   8. Austin Jackson (R) CF
9. David Ross (R) C   9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS
SP – Jon Lester (LHP)   SP – Anibal Sanchez (RHP)

Bogaerts does get the start and Leyland does stick with last night’s lineup.

Topics: Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, MLB Playoffs

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