ALCS Game 2 (Boston v Detroit)

Red Sox-Tigers

For any baseball fan that wants a good postseason experience, they request for pitching duals or home run derbies. If you know what Boston and Detroit do, you might be surprised to know that the home run derby did not exist in Fenway Park on Saturday night. On Saturday night, it was a pitchers duel and Detroit won the duel, Anibal Sanchez was no hitting the Red Sox batting order…till the 9th inning. In the 9th inning, Daniel Nava lined a single to center field, no hitter was gone.

Time to revisit the numbers of Anibal Sanchez and Jon Lester.

Anibal Sanchez

Sanchez made his first ever appearance at Fenway Park and first ever appearance against the Red Sox, was with Marlins from 2006-12.

Jon Lester

Lester’s numbers at Fenway Park this season against Tigers.

  • 7 IP, 8 H, ER & 9 SO
  • BAA .276, ERA 1.29 & 1.14 WHIP
  • Per 9 numbers: 10.29 H, 11.57 K.
  • GRADE: 86.51% (B)
  • Rates: 27.59% H, 3.45% R, 31.03% K

Lester last night

  • 6.1 IP, 6 H, ER, BB & 4 SO
  • BAA .240, 1.42 ERA & WHIP 1.11
  • Per 9 numberse: 8.53 H, 1.42 BB, 5.68 K. K/BB is 4
  • GRADE: 85.96% (B)
  • Rates: 22.22% H, 3.70 R & BB, 14.81% K

LESTER had a HIGHER: ERA, R RATE

LESTER had a LOWER:  INNINGS PITCHED, HITS, STRIKEOUTS, BAA, WHIP, H/9, K/9, GRADE, H RATE, K RATE

Game 2 Pitchers

Max Scherzer

Max Scherzer returns to his third league championship, it will be his 4th League championship game tonight. Scherzer’s LCS numbers.

  • 14 IP, 13 H, 10 ER, 7 BB, 17 SO & HR
  • BAA .236, ERA 6.43 & WHIP 1.43
  • Per 9 numbers: 8.36 H, 4.5 BB, 10.93, 0.64 HR. K/BB is 2.43
  • GRADE: 56.35% (F)
  • Rates: 20.63% H, 15.87% R, 11.11% BB, 26.98% K, 1.59% HR

Scherzer has pitched twice in the postseason, pitched Game 1 and 4 against Oakland. The ALDS numbers.

  • 9 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 13 SO & HR
  • BAA .182, ERA 3.00 & WHIP 1.11
  • Per 9 numbers (same numbers listed above). K/BB is 3.25.
  • GRADE: 77.16% (C)
  • Rates: 16.22% H, 8.11% R, 10.81% BB, 35.14% K, 2.70% HR

Scherzer has only pitched at Fenway park once. That game.

  • 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB & 8 SO
  • BAA .192, ERA 2.57 & 1.14 WHIP
  • Per 9 numbers: 6.43 H, 3.86 BB, 10.29 K. K/BB is 2.67.
  • GRADE: 79.37% (C)
  • Rates: 16.67% H, 6.67% R, 10% BB, 26.67% K

Scherzer is an asset for Tigers pitching, with a pitching WAR of 6.7, that is 23.18% of Tigers pitching.

TIGERS POSTSEASON REPORT CARD:

MAX SCHERZER: 77.16% (C) (Division)

JUSTIN VERLANDER: 97.04% (A) (Division)

ANIBAL SANCHEZ: 29.49% (F) (Division)/94.44% (A) (League Championship)

DOUG FISTER: 67.59% (D) (Division)

BULLPEN: 80.48% (B) (Division)/98.15% (A) (League Championship)

Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz and his Boston Red Sox return to the ALCS since 2008, they were eliminated by the Tampa Bay Rays. Buchholz has pitched once in this postseason, the ALDS numbers against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 3.

  • 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO & HR
  • BAA .280, ERA 4.50 & 1.67 WHIP
  • Per 9 numbers: 10.5 H, 4.5 BB, 7.5 K, 1.5 HR. K/BB is 1.67.
  • GRADE: 65.74% (D)
  • Rates: 25.93% H, 11.11% R &BB, 18.52% K, 3.70% HR

Buchholz has pitched at Fenway Park 9 times this 2013 season. Those Fenway 2013 numbers.

  • 63.1 IP, 46 H, 16 R (14 ER), 23 BB & 57 SO
  • BAA .195, ERA 1.99 & WHIP 1.09
  • Per 9 numbers: 6.54 H, 3.27 BB, 8.10 K. K/BB is 2.48
  • GRADE: 82.89% (B)
  • Rates: 18.55% H, 6.45% R, 9.27% BB, 22.98% K

Buchholz has not faced the Detroit Tigers this season. Buchholz’s pitching WAR is 4.3, which is 26.54% of Red Sox pitching.

RED SOX POSTSEASON REPORT CARD:

JON LESTER: 82.61% (B) (Division)/85.96% (B) (League Championship)

JOHN LACKEY: 52.08% (F)

CLAY BUCHHOLZ: 65.74% (D)

JAKE PEAVY: 86.27% (B)

BULLPEN: 86.36% (B) (Division)/ 89.58% (B)

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Which pitcher has the EDGE in tonight’s game?

  • Max Scherzer: Hits, Strikeouts, Home Runs
  • Clay Buchholz: Runs, Walks, Home Runs

Scherzer has had a great season for the Detroit Tigers. Scherzer led the Major Leagues in wins with 21. Scherzer has served in the MLB since 2008 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Detroit Tigers and has had one All-Star appearance . The Contract status is 2nd-year arbitration eligible, he is currently making $6.73 million and his agent is Scott Boras. Expect Scherzer to request $12 million from Tigers front office. Scherzer’s 2013 numbers.

  • 214.1 IP, 152 H, 73 R (69 ER), 56 BB, 240 SO & 18 HR
  • BAA .191, ERA 2.90 & WHIP 0.97
  • Per 9 numbers: 6.38 H, 2.35 BB, 10.08 K, 0.76 HR. K/BB is 4.29
  • GRADE: 78.51% (C)
  • Rates: 18.18% H, 8.73% R, 6.70% BB, 28.71% K, 2.15% HR

Buchholz had a short season with the Boston Red Sox. He had appeared in 16 games this season. Buchholz is a 2 time all star and is with the Boston Red Sox up to 2017 (Team Option with Buyouts in 2016 and 2017). Buchholz will make $19.7 million in 2014 and 2015. Buchholz’s 2013 numbers.

  • 108.1 IP, 75 H, 23 R (21 ER), 36 BB, 96 SO & 4 HR
  • BAA .188, ERA 1.74 & 1.02 WHIP
  • Per 9 numbers: 6.23 H, 2.99 BB, 7.98 K, 0.33 HR. K/BB is 2.67.
  • GRADE: 84.62% (B)
  • Rates: 18.03% H, 5.53% R, 8.65% BB, 23.08% K, 0.96% HR

ALCS GAME 2 PREVIEW

Scherzer-Buchholz

Prediction:

Max Scherzer: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 2B, 2 HR, 5 R, 2BB & 6 SO

Clay Buchholz: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 2B, 3 R, 3 BB & 4 SO

Which offense bat(s) should Scherzer and Buchholz be concerned for?

  • Scherzer: Jacoby Ellsbury, David Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia
  • Buchholz: Austin Jackson, Jhonny Peralta, Alex Avila and Omar Infante

PICK: RED SOX WIN GAME 2

Fenway Park

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