ALCS Game 3 (Detroit v Boston)

Red Sox-Tigers

After what I saw in Game 2, this ALCS shows that Starting Pitching can’t win and lose your ballgames in October. Scherzer was dealing and his offense was clicking. Buchholz and his offense were trying to find a way to stay in content with the red hot Tigers. After Scherzer’s exit, most of America turned off the TV sets and went to bed. That is when it got out of hand.

Scherzer had easily thought his bullpen would take care of him, the Red Sox started the 8th inning with the bottom of the lineup with Stephen Drew grounding out to shortstop. Then, it got interesting. Will Middlebrooks with 1 out doubled to left, the double brought in Drew Smyly to face Jacoby Ellsbury, Smyly walked Ellsbury. After Ellsbury, Al Alburquerque comes and gets Shane Victorino, strikes him out, 2 outs. 2 on at 1st and 2nd, Dustin Pedroia at the plate. Pedroia, having a successful 2013, hits a single to load the bases. The Boston Red Sox third base coach should be thanked for keeping Middlebrooks on third base, because David Ortiz was coming in for his climatic moment. Jim Leyland–Tigers Manager–brings in Closer Joaquin Benoit, you can earn a save if presented with a potential tie in the 8th inning. 4 easy outs. Right? David Ortiz wasn’t going to let that happen. David Ortiz did what he could do in his postseason past, hit a 387 ft GRAND SLAM to the Red Sox to tie the game. That’s right a tie, it was 5-1 after Scherzer left. No guarantee win for Scherzer.

After the 8th, John Farrell–Red Sox Manager–brings in regular closer Koji Uehara for the Top of the 9th. Normal business for Koji. For Jim Leyland, do you bring in Benoit for the 9th? In this case, he did not. Rick Porcello was given the ball for the bottom of the 9th, good choice for Leyland, am I right? Porcello did absolutely nothing and allowed a Jonny Gomes single, which led a throwing by shortstop Iglesias, advancing Gomes to second. 0 outs recorded and Jarrod Saltalamacchia was at the plate. A sac fly could of done the trick, advancing Gomes. Porcello did a favor for Salty, he threw a wild pitch and Gomes advanced a base. Salty can hit a sac fly and end the game, but he didn’t, he had a walkoff hit to left field, first time a Red Sox catcher did that in postseason play since Carlton Fisk in 1975 World Series.

Red Sox will enjoy this victory, but can they do it against flame ball thrower Justin Verlander?

As a resident of Cincinnati, Ohio. Reds blogger had to tweet about this decision done by Jim Leyland.

If you’re a Reds fan, you might understand this situation.

Time to look back at our Game 2 numbers.

Max Scherzer

Scherzer only pitched once in 2013 at Fenway. 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 on Sunday night.

  • 7 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB & 13 SO
  • BAA .087, ERA 1.29 & 0.57 WHIP
  • Per 9 numbers: 2.57 H & BB, 16.71 K. K/BB is 6.50
  • GRADE: 89.68% (B)
  • Rates: 8% H & BB, 4% R, 52% K

Scherzer was dealing, improved all of his rates.

Clay Buchholz

Buchholz did not faced the Tigers in the 2013 season at Fenway. The 2013 Fenway 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 on Sunday Night.

  • 5.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 6 SO & 2 HR
  • BAA .320, ERA 7.94 & 1.41 WHIP
  • Per 9 numbers: 12.71 H, 9.53 K, 3.18 HR.
  • GRADE: 48.04% (F)
  • Rates: 30.77% H, 19.23% R, 23.08% K, 7.69% HR

Buchholz did not have a great start on Sunday night.

Game 3 starters.

John Lackey

John Lackey, making his third League Championship start (all of them with Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim). Last ALCS was in 2009. It will be his 5th LCS game today. The LCS numbers.

  • 24.1 IP, 26 H, 12 R (10 ER), 7 BB, 20 SO & HR
  • BAA .263, ERA 3.70 & 1.36 WHIP
  • Per 9 numbers: 9.62 H, 2.59 BB, 7.40 K, 0.37 HR. K/BB is 2.86
  • GRADE: 71.92% (C)
  • Rates: 25.24% H, 11.65% R, 6.80% BB, 19.42% K, 0.97% HR

Lackey has pitched in the 2013 postseason. Game 2 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Those ALDS numbers.

  • 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB & 6 SO
  • BAA .304, ERA 6.75 & 1.88 WHIP
  • Per 9 numbers: 11.81 H, 5.06 BB, 10.13 K. K/BB is 2
  • GRADE: 52.08% (F)
  • Rates: 26.92% H, 15.38% R, 11.54% BB, 23.08% K

Lackey has pitched at Comerica Park 6 times, 5 times prior to the 2013 start. The Career numbers at Comerica Park.

  • 40 IP, 37 H, 37 H, 17 ER, 19 BB, 27 SO & 3 HR
  • BAA .236, ERA 3.83 & WHIP 1.40
  • Per 9 numbers: 8.33 H, 4.28 BB, 6.08 K, 0.68 HR. K/BB is 1.42.
  • GRADE: 70.97% (C)
  • Rates: 22.02% H, 10.12% R, 11.31% BB, 16.07% K, 1.79% HR.

Lackey’s 2013 game at Comerica Park.

  • 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, BB & 5 SO
  • BAA .250, ERA 2.57 & 1.14 WHIP
  • Per 9 numbers: 9 H, 1.29 BB, 6.43 K. K/BB is 5.
  • GRADE: 79.37% (C)
  • Rates: 25% H, 7.14% R, 3.57% BB, 17.86% K

Lackey had a better 2013 start than previous starts, which date back from 2002.

RED SOX POSTSEASON REPORT CARD:

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

JOHN LACKEY: 52.08% (F) (Division)

CLAY BUCHHOLZ: 65.74% (D) (Division)/48.04% (F) (League Championship)

JAKE PEAVY: 86.27% (B) (Division)

BULLPEN: 86.36% (B) (Division)/ 93.52% (A) (League Championship)

Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander, making his 4th League Championship series appearance, last one in 2012. Verlander will be making his 5 appearance in the League Championship series. The League Championship numbers.

  • 25 IP, 29 H, 12 ER, 6 BB, 22 SO & 5 HR
  • BAA .235, ERA 4.32 & WHIP 1.16
  • Per 9 numbers: 8.28 H, 2.16 BB, 7.92 K, 1.80 HR. K/BB is 3.67.
  • GRADE: 69.56% (D)
  • Rates: 21.90% H, 11.43% R, 5.71% BB, 20.95% K, 4.76% HR

Verlander has appeared in the 2013 Postseason. He pitched Games 2 and 5. The 2013 ALDS numbers.

  • 15 IP, 6 H, 2 BB & 21 SO
  • BAA .118 & WHIP 0.53
  • Per 9 numbers: 3.60 H, 1.20 BB, 12.60 K. K/BB is 10.50.
  • GRADE: 97.04% (A)
  • Rates: 11.32% H, 3.77% BB, 39.62% K

Verlander has pitched at Comerica Park 17 times this 2013 season. The Comerica Park numbers.

  • 111 IP, 109 H, 50 R (46 ER), 43 BB, 97 SO & 9 HR
  • BAA .247, ERA 3.73 & 1.37 WHIP
  • Per 9 numbers: 8.84 H, 3.49 BB, 7.86 K, 0.73 HR. K/BB is 2.26
  • GRADE: 71.67% (C)
  • Rates: 22.85% H, 10.48% R, 9.01% BB, 20.34% K, 1.89% HR

Verlander has faced the Red Sox at Comerica Park this seson. That game.

  • 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB & 4 SO
  • BAA .318, ERA 7.20 & 2.00 WHIP
  • Per 9 numbers: 12.6 H, 5.4 BB, 7.2 K. K/BB is 1.33
  • GRADE: 48.89% (F)
  • Rates: 26.92% H, 15.38% R, 11.54% BB, 15.38% K

TIGERS POSTSEASON REPORT CARD:

MAX SCHERZER: 77.16% (C) (Division)/89.68% (B) (League Championship)

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)/40.28% (F) (League Championship)

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Which pitcher has the EDGE in tonight’s game?

  • John Lackey: Hits, Runs, Walks, Strikeouts, Home Runs
  • Justin Verlander: Home Runs

Lackey, at 34 years young, had recover from a 2012 injury. Lackey has been a part of Red Sox baseball since 2010. Lackey signed a 5 yr/$82.5 million with a vesting option in 2015. The 2013 numbers for John Lackey.

  • 189.1 IP, 179 H, 80 R (74 ER), 40 BB, 161 SO & 26 HR
  • BAA .240, ERA 3.52 & 1.16 WHIP
  • Per 9 numbers: 8.51 H, 1.9 BB, 7.65 K, 1.24 HR. K/BB is 4.03
  • GRADE: 74.03% (C)
  • Rates: 23.01% H, 10.28% R, 5.14% BB, 20.69% K, 3.34% HR

Justin Verlander, at 30 years old, Has won multiple awards in his MLB career. Verlander was the Rookie of the Year in 2006 for the American League. Verlander has been in 6 All-Star Games, has been in the last 5 All-Star games. In 2011, Verlander won the Cy Young and American League MVP. Verlander in past seasons in the MLB has led in: Wins, ERA, Games Started, Complete Games, Innings Pitched, Strikeouts & WHIP. The success that he has had for Detroit landed him a mega contract in 2010. In 2010, Verlander signed with the Tigers for 10 years/$219.5 million dollars with a vesting option in 2020. Verander has made $66.515 million in his career and will make another $160 million up till 2019, which by 2020 comes to $226.515 million. The 2013 numbers for Justin Verlander.

  • 218.1 IP, 212 H, 94 R (84 ER), 75 BB, 217 SO & 19 HR
  • BAA .245, ERA 3.46 & WHIP 1.31
  • Per 9 numbers: 8.74 H, 3.09 BB, 8.95 K, 0.78 HR. K/BB is 2.89.
  • GRADE: 73.46% (C)
  • Rates: 22.92% H, 10.16% R, 8.11% BB, 23.46% K, 2.05% HR

ALCS GAME 3 PREVIEW

Lackey-Verlander

Prediction:

John Lackey: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2B, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 SO & HBP

Justin Verlander: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 BB, 7 SO & SF

Which offense bat(s) should Lackey and Verlander be concerned for?

  • John Lackey: Austin Jackson, Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Jhonny Peralta and Andy Dirks
  • Justin Verlander: David Ortiz, Mike Napoli and Will Middlebrooks

PICK: Tigers win

Comerica Park

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