Verlander! Sox-Tigers ALCS Gamer III

Verlander is not invincible, and is probably the 3rd-best starter on Detroit right now, but he is a potent weapon and usually doesn’t budge in the postseason until the World Series, where he has let down significantly at times. But we’re in the ALCS…and we’re counting on a John Lackey who has stumbled mightily in his last few starts.

A win for the Red Sox would guarantee that, at worst, the series go back to Fenway. If the Tigers run the table in Detroit, Boston’s dream dies. This is a biiiiiiiiiiiiiiig game. Comment away.

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  • Actually, Verlander has something of a history of playoff choking…though I’d ascribe it to statistical variation rather than bad mental makeup. In his last 6 postseason starts, though (since 2012), he sucked once against San Fran but beat the crap out of Oakland and the Yankees. He’s had significant clunkers every year he’s made the playoffs and not just in the WS…but definitely that’s where the hardest chokes have come. This might be the year he puts it all together.

    Devine October 15, 2013, 12:42 pm
  • No HBP so far for Victorino in this series. Must be something wrong with him.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 4:12 pm
  • Unable to properly watch. Gameday stress it is.

    Devine October 15, 2013, 4:27 pm
  • Just foul, damn!

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 4:39 pm
  • Think Verlander’s PC went from 9 to 34 in that inning, so not a total waste.

    Devine October 15, 2013, 4:42 pm
  • Worried about Lackey, we’ll see.

    Devine October 15, 2013, 4:43 pm
  • Lights have gone out. Some unpaid electricity bill?

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 4:45 pm
  • Might a long delay get Verlander out of the game?

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 4:46 pm
  • Probably just 15-20 minutes, they say.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 4:47 pm
  • Yikes.

    Devine October 15, 2013, 4:50 pm
  • Game on!

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 4:59 pm
  • Lackey with 2 K and a lineout…solid.

    Devine October 15, 2013, 5:06 pm
  • Verlander K’s ‘em all. Solidest.

    Devine October 15, 2013, 5:15 pm
  • I’d like a hit before the 6th today….please?

    Devine October 15, 2013, 5:26 pm
  • Duel through 4.

    Devine October 15, 2013, 5:38 pm
  • Nap having an incredibly shitty postseason.

    Devine October 15, 2013, 5:42 pm
  • Hey a hit! Gomes…in the 5th!

    Devine October 15, 2013, 5:46 pm
  • Some technical fuck, lost the picture for a couple of innings. Back now.

    Fucking Peralta with a double.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 5:52 pm
  • Lackey K’s Infante.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 6:00 pm
  • And they get out of it. Great.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 6:01 pm
  • Verlander has thrown to first about 27 times and Ells gets to second on a wild pitch.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 6:15 pm
  • Lackey quite impressive today.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 6:23 pm
  • Napoli!! 1-0 Sox!!!!

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 6:32 pm
  • OMG!!!!

    Devine October 15, 2013, 6:34 pm
  • Verlander at 111 pitches now. He probably can go 140.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 6:37 pm
  • Verlander 112…pitches 8th till baserunner if score stays same? Lackey at 88…till baserunner in 7th, then Taz/Bres followed by Koji? Fuck I’m stressed with this pitching duel.

    Devine October 15, 2013, 6:40 pm
  • Gomes, nice catch!

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 6:42 pm
  • It is stressful, especially with Martinez on first and Peralta up.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 6:45 pm
  • Breslow to come in. Lackey definitely not happy.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 6:47 pm
  • Not a good time for Breslow to start walking people.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 6:52 pm
  • Gets the out one batter later. Six more to go.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 6:54 pm
  • Breslow escapes the mini-jam. Pitching insanity. My heart is pounding like crazy.

    Devine October 15, 2013, 6:55 pm
  • Breslow and/or Taz in the 8th?

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 6:59 pm
  • Now a chance for Jacoby to add another million to his new contract.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 7:00 pm
  • Nothing doing after Drew got on.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 7:02 pm
  • The cushion does not grow….to Bot 8.

    Devine October 15, 2013, 7:03 pm
  • Critical half-inning with Uehara looming.

    Devine October 15, 2013, 7:04 pm
  • Iggy in to pinch hit.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 7:06 pm
  • Strikes out. 5 to go.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 7:06 pm
  • Nooooooo…another walk.

    Devine October 15, 2013, 7:09 pm
  • Breslow did not walk anybody in the ALDS, two tonight.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 7:09 pm
  • Taz…for Hunter AND Cabrera? Or Ue for 4-5 outs depending on next AB?

    Devine October 15, 2013, 7:11 pm
  • Damn.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 7:15 pm
  • Damn…1st/3rd, 1 out.

    Devine October 15, 2013, 7:16 pm
  • Taz strikes out Cabrera. 4 to go.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 7:18 pm
  • K Cabrera!

    Devine October 15, 2013, 7:18 pm
  • Koji for the 4-out save.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 7:18 pm
  • K’s Prince Fielder on three pitches. 3 to go.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 7:22 pm
  • The Sox are incredibly lucky to have the incomparable Koji Uehara.

    Devine October 15, 2013, 7:24 pm
  • Extra runs would be appreciated.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 7:26 pm
  • Pedey reaches and strikes out.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 7:26 pm
  • Come on 3-4-5 vs not-Verlander.

    Devine October 15, 2013, 7:27 pm
  • Yeah, Veras, without divine intervention you would not have been able to do that.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 7:27 pm
  • PLEASE take Coke yard, Papi.

    Devine October 15, 2013, 7:28 pm
  • Papi can’t cook Coke. And another pitching change.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 7:31 pm
  • Drat.

    Devine October 15, 2013, 7:31 pm
  • Much as I usually hate it,here a bunt along the third base line would have been nice. With the shift and a hobbling Cabrera that would have been interesting.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 7:33 pm
  • We need you Uehara. 3 outs before 1 run. Jesus, my very brain is shaking.

    Devine October 15, 2013, 7:37 pm
  • Good call.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 7:42 pm
  • Double play!!!!!!! 1 to go!

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 7:42 pm
  • Shut up, McCarver.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 7:43 pm
  • 1-1.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 7:43 pm
  • 1…more…

    Devine October 15, 2013, 7:43 pm
  • 1-2.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 7:44 pm
  • 2-2.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 7:44 pm
  • Foul.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 7:45 pm
  • 3-2.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 7:45 pm
  • Strike 3. YES YES YES.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 7:46 pm
  • AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, YES!!!!

    Devine October 15, 2013, 7:46 pm
  • Can we now have a conventional 6-2 win tomorrow? Preferably without falling behind …

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 7:48 pm
  • Not trying to be greedy here. But we need a chance to relax a little.

    pale blue eyes October 15, 2013, 7:51 pm
  • Haha, Verlander the “cover” photo of the AtBat game summary on phone…think you might consider changing that one, MLB.

    Devine October 15, 2013, 8:01 pm

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