Today’s ALCS Guest Star…Offense! Sox-Tigers ALCS Gamer IV

Only one starter (Buchholz) has really spit the bit this series. Everyone else has given up 0 runs or 1. Today will probably see a bit of a change there with Doug Fister and Jake Peavy climbing the hill. Fister threw 7 shutout innings in a 3-0 Detroit victory at Fenway in September where Lackey was the hard-luck loser (the one game the Tigers won in that series), and was the beneficiary of approximately 4,000 DP balls that day (fine, 3). The Sox have been held down so long, though, in this series, by incredible starting pitching, that I feel like they’re due for a breakout against slightly-less-awesome starting pitching (the Sox are lucky to be up 2-1 in the series given their cold bats/Detroit’s hot starters, thanks to the work of the pen and John Lackey). Hopefully Peavy can continue to rework his playoff postseason reputation/stats and throw another nice little game in the visitor’s park, but I’d bet on more than a run being scored on both starters. Are Bres/Taz/Koji all available for the same number of outs as yesterday? Will they be relevant or will this game be very different in tone?

Some things:

The Red Sox have scored in a grand total of 4 innings in this series’ 27 (and only more than one run once). The Tigers have scored in 3 (again, one multi-run inning). The Red Sox have four run-scoring events in the series (Pedey RBI double, Ortiz slam, Salty walkoff single, Napoli homer)…the Tigers have five (Peralta single, Avila single, Cabrera homer, Martinez double, Avila homer).

Detroit’s starters have allowed 2 runs in 21 innings to go with 6 hits, 9 walks, and 35 strikeouts (!). I repeat: Boston is leading this series 2 games to 1.

Detroit pen: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 8 K, 5 R (includes Procello’s 0 outs in the 9th inning of Game 2, all the runs were in Game 2).
Boston pen: 8 1/3 IP, 5 H, 6 BB, 7 K, 0 R (4 of the walks belong to Breslow, 2 in each appearance).

Tazawa’s strikeout of best-hitter-in-the-game Cabrera with 1 out and runners at the corners was the play of yesterday’s game (honorable mentions: Lackey’s strikeout of Infante with 1 out and Peralta at 3rd, and Napoli’s homer).

Will it be a 2-2 tie or will the Sox grab a strong 3-1 grip on the series? All I know is, they can win it in Detroit, but the worst-case scenario is Game 6 at Fenway. And that is nice. Comment away.

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  • Uehara has pitched in all three games (3 1/3 IP). He might be off the table tonight, I imagine (I’d be very surprised if he went for more than 1 IP again, for sure).

    Devine October 16, 2013, 2:02 pm
  • If this was 3 consecutive days in the regular season, I’d say yes, probably unavailable. But, there was an off-day mixed in, and it’s the post season. I expect he’s available for 1 inning, and in an absolute emergency bases-loaded-we-need-outs situation, I doubt Farrell would be too shy to stretch him again.

    SF October 16, 2013, 2:57 pm
  • Still, it’d be nice to get him a day off with a nice 7-2 thrashing.

    SF October 16, 2013, 2:58 pm
  • A Red Sox hit in the first inning? Unheard of!

    Crowd stil booing Papi.

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 8:11 pm
  • No strike-out this inning! Also unheard of.

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 8:13 pm
  • There’s a strike-out. Cabrera, no less.

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 8:20 pm
  • Scoreless after 1.

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 8:20 pm
  • Lead-off double for Napoli. This feels different.

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 8:24 pm
  • Three not-so-great at-bats after the double.

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 8:29 pm
  • Peavy shook off Salty about four times before the Victor Martinez single.

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 8:36 pm
  • Peralta walks. Again no mention whatsoever about why he had to miss 50 games.

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 8:37 pm
  • Avila walks too. Peavy losing it rather early.

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 8:43 pm
  • Dang it, Peavy.

    Devine October 16, 2013, 8:44 pm
  • Great catch by Ells.

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 8:45 pm
  • Man, Peavy sucks big time today. Walks in a run.

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 8:47 pm
  • Now they can’t turn the DP. And I am pretty sure Drew way off the bag.

    And not it’s 4-0. Thank you, Peavy.

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 8:50 pm
  • Part of it is on Pedey, of course.

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 8:50 pm
  • Man, that sucks. Start the comeback immediately!

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 8:54 pm
  • Yeah…

    Devine October 16, 2013, 8:59 pm
  • I was fully expecting Papi to hit it out here, but no …

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 9:08 pm
  • @pbe

    The ESPN radio guys, at least, have not been shy about letting listeners know why Peralta missed 50 games.

    SF October 16, 2013, 9:17 pm
  • Interesting, SF. The Fox guys do not seem to want to talk about it at all.

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 9:32 pm
  • Workman and Doubront up. Something wrong with Dempster? He should be able to pitch a couple of innings.

    6-0 now. Peavy out. Well, I guess his performance in game 4 of the ALDS was essential to avoid Price in game 5. This one we hopefully can live with. It still stinks, though.

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 9:36 pm
  • Excellent throw to first by Workman.

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 9:40 pm
  • Workman again!

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 9:41 pm
  • But can’t get Cabrera.

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 9:41 pm
  • Mmmph…felt like this was a key one to get (not that it’s quite over) given they must take 2 of 3 from Sanchez/Scherzer/Verlander again. Still…hopeful they can do better against Sanchez tomorrow.

    Devine October 16, 2013, 9:42 pm
  • Exactly, D.

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 9:46 pm
  • Ells at least raising his average.

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 9:50 pm
  • Workman was a starter in Triple A at the beginning of the season, right? So what are we going to do with him next year?

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 10:00 pm
  • There goes the shut-out. Here comes the come back, well, maybe.

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 10:10 pm
  • LOB-otomy.

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 10:16 pm
  • Here’s Dempster.

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 10:19 pm
  • Iglesias was out!

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 10:23 pm
  • And finally they turn one.

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 10:24 pm
  • Doesn’t Leyland trust the lead or why is he going through all his bullpen guys?

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 10:36 pm
  • Blergh.

    Devine October 16, 2013, 10:41 pm
  • Not sure if could have gotten to it but Fielder is a terrible first baseman.

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 11:26 pm
  • That did not work out as planned. Go get ‘em tomorrow.

    pale blue eyes October 16, 2013, 11:35 pm
  • This kind of game was coming and it went Detroit’s way. I do believe we’ll see the Sox’ bats awaken meaningfully against starting pitching before this series is over, but it could just be Detroit is that good/hot.

    Devine October 16, 2013, 11:41 pm
  • Aw f*ck, they had 12 hits? Hope they bring more of that tomorrow.

    Devine October 17, 2013, 1:15 am

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