The Best: Tigers-Sox ALCS Gamer I

All things considered, these are the two best teams in the AL this year, and the matchup is well-earned. Anibal Sanchez (who has the lowest season ERA of any AL starter who qualified, soundly beating Scherzer and Verlander, SCARY) takes on Jon Lester in the first face-off at Fenway Park. I feel like the Sox are a slightly better team (the Sox lineup and bullpen are certainly stronger than Detroit’s, particularly with injured Miggy, while the Sox rotation is almost certainly weaker than DET’s), but it’s the playoffs, nothing will come easy, and whoever wins will earn it once again. I’m just glad it’s a 7-game series so the best team is more likely to win: let’s find out who that really is. Comment away.

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  • Nice to see that old friend Carl Crawford can’t throw …

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 5:30 pm
  • That’s a lot of innings now the Dodgers have not scored.

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 6:09 pm
  • Dodgers in a hole now.

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 6:50 pm
  • Whole buncha errands done…time to settle in and hope for good things. Like being in the same position as the Cardinals tomorrow night. Ahead of myself…win today!

    Devine October 12, 2013, 7:51 pm
  • That should have been a double, especially after Nava misplayed it off the wall.

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 8:16 pm
  • What’s up with our outfielders?

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 8:17 pm
  • Lucky miscues haven’t cost more.

    Devine October 12, 2013, 8:17 pm
  • Whew.

    Devine October 12, 2013, 8:22 pm
  • Not picky…will take baserunners on missed strike 3.

    Devine October 12, 2013, 8:30 pm
  • C’mon Papi!

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 8:33 pm
  • Well, at least Sanchez had to throw a lot of pitches.

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 8:40 pm
  • Nice inning, Lester.

    Devine October 12, 2013, 8:50 pm
  • K’s all day for Sanchez.

    Devine October 12, 2013, 8:53 pm
  • Drew BB.

    Devine October 12, 2013, 8:55 pm
  • Joe West gifts Ross a walk.

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 9:01 pm
  • Anibal approaching 50 pitches in the latter part of the 2nd…

    Devine October 12, 2013, 9:01 pm
  • So close. Still, making him work.

    Devine October 12, 2013, 9:04 pm
  • Did I mention that Sanchez has a no-hitter going?

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 9:11 pm
  • DP. Helpful.

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 9:12 pm
  • Too easy for Sanchez this time.

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 9:19 pm
  • Needs to be mentioned that Sanchez still has a no-hitter going!!

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 9:30 pm
  • 8 K through 4 2/3, 72 pitches for Sanchez.

    Devine October 12, 2013, 9:38 pm
  • Oops 3 2/3…till he K’s Drew.

    Devine October 12, 2013, 9:40 pm
  • Since nobody seems to hear me: BLOODY ANIBAL SANCHEZ IS THROWING A NO-HITTER!!!!!

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 9:41 pm
  • That inning could have gone seriously wrong. Know do something about that no-hitter that has not been mentioned often enough.

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 9:54 pm
  • Know now … Anyway, just do it.

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 9:55 pm
  • Damn, no-no still on. He’s got ‘em all messed up now, swining at pitches they should not swing at.

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 10:02 pm
  • So Fox that the ump was right calling a strike on Napoli when he clearly did not go around, and now when it clearly looks as if Cabrera went around we do not even get a replay?

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 10:08 pm
  • Fox announcers say that …

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 10:08 pm
  • DP please!

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 10:10 pm
  • Yep, safe, unfortunately.

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 10:11 pm
  • Now get it going please.

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 10:18 pm
  • Man, do I hate the bunt!

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 10:22 pm
  • Papi swings at a pitch in the dirt.

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 10:29 pm
  • Well, all these walks are nice, but we need a little more to score a run.

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 10:33 pm
  • And another walk, bases loaded. Two outs already unfortunately.

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 10:37 pm
  • FUCK!

    Devine October 12, 2013, 10:41 pm
  • Unbelievable. But Sanchez will not finish this game.

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 10:41 pm
  • Lester hits Iglesias and that’s it for him.

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 10:47 pm
  • Blast it. I still have hope, obviously, but man, what an excruciating game through 6.

    Devine October 12, 2013, 10:49 pm
  • Sanchez out. Now is the time!

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 10:55 pm
  • Brilliant, Salty …

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 11:02 pm
  • Hey, a check swing goes our way…haha, crowd feels like me.

    Devine October 12, 2013, 11:03 pm
  • God damn it.

    Devine October 12, 2013, 11:05 pm
  • Ellsbury walks, only Joe West does not see it, and Ells strikes out on the next pitch. Nothing going our way.

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 11:05 pm
  • Was just lurking but that’s a shitty call on the 3-1 to Ellsbury. Joe West loves himself some Joe West.

    attackgerbil October 12, 2013, 11:07 pm
  • 2-out double into the stands. 2nd/3rd, 2 out for Breslow…Infante.

    Devine October 12, 2013, 11:16 pm
  • IBB and Avila will bat.

    Devine October 12, 2013, 11:18 pm
  • Yikes on Avila’s foul.

    Devine October 12, 2013, 11:19 pm
  • Breslow gets it done, barely.

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 11:21 pm
  • Fucking tightrope…still down 1 with no hits Bot 8.

    Devine October 12, 2013, 11:21 pm
  • Vic-Pedey-Ortiz. Here’s a hint…DON’T BUNT.

    Devine October 12, 2013, 11:23 pm
  • 2 down for Ortiz and Smyly. This is pretty embarrassing.

    Devine October 12, 2013, 11:29 pm
  • Leadoff hit in 9th for Tigers.

    Devine October 12, 2013, 11:38 pm
  • K..1 down.

    Devine October 12, 2013, 11:40 pm
  • Double Hunter. 2nd/3rd, 1 out.

    Devine October 12, 2013, 11:41 pm
  • Koji getting his bad game of the series out of the way?

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 11:42 pm
  • What a catch, Drew!

    Devine October 12, 2013, 11:45 pm
  • Great catch by Drew!!!

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 11:45 pm
  • Fuck.. I’ve got to go to work.. how can I leave this game?

    attackgerbil October 12, 2013, 11:56 pm
  • Nava! Winning run at the plate!

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 11:57 pm
  • McCarver giving wrong numbers for Berry’s stolen base record.

    pale blue eyes October 12, 2013, 11:58 pm
  • Great jump.

    attackgerbil October 13, 2013, 12:03 am
  • Oh shit. What a scenario that would have been, Xander bringing in the tying run.

    Well it’s only one game. Kick Scherzer’s butt tomorrow!

    pale blue eyes October 13, 2013, 12:07 am
  • Payoff pitch..

    attackgerbil October 13, 2013, 12:08 am
  • Pop-out. Sorry Sox fans. 17 k’s??

    attackgerbil October 13, 2013, 12:09 am
  • Sucked balls. Tomorrow, we hope. Fuck my life.

    Devine October 13, 2013, 12:09 am

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