ALCS Game 6 (Boston v Detroit)

Red Sox-Tigers

It all comes down to this, Game 6 and 7 (if necessary). Boston can be in the Driver’s seat for the Fall Classic with crowned NL Champion Cardinals. Boston scored in 2 innings and it was enough to beat the Tigers rally. All of the scoring started with Mike Napoli hitting a moon shot of a home run to center field, 460 ft, Red Sox managed to get through 5 more batters to make it 3-0 at the end of the 2nd. The third inning was a mistake by Anibal Sanchez with a wild pitch, Mike Napoli scored to make it 4-0. Detroit rally came from the 5-6-7 innings. In those three innings, all scored one run.  The final two innings, Craig Breslow started the 8th and Victor Martinez. Breslow was done and along came MLB’s best closers, Koji Uehara. Uehara pitched the last 5 outs, in the 8th, strikeouts were added to his box score, two of them. The Red Sox offense had a quiet 9th, so Uehara can close this game. Uehara did what is considered perfection, he took care of the 7-8-9 hitters with two fly outs and a pop out to close out the 9th. The Red Sox lead the ALCS 3-2 and Detroit will putting their best pitcher out again to force a Game 7.

Looking back at Game 5 Numbers in Detroit

Jon Lester

Lester has pitched at Comerica Park this 2013 season. That game.

  • 5.2 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO & 2 HR
  • BAA .346, ERA 7.94 & WHIP 2.12
  • Per 9 numbers: 14.29 H, 4.76 BB & K, 3.18 HR. K/BB is 1.00
  • GRADE: 44.12% (F)
  • Rates: 33.33% H, 18.52% R, 11.11% BB & K, 7.41% HR

Lester on Thursday night.

  • 5.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB & 3 SO
  • BAA .304, ERA 3.38 & WHIP 1.88
  • Per 9 numbers: 11.81 H, 5.06 BB & K. K/BB is 1.00
  • GRADE: 70.83% (C)
  • Rates: 29.17% H, 8.33% R, 12.50% BB & K

Lester’s postseason game is a better improvement than his regular season start.

RED SOX POSTSEASON REPORT CARD:

JON LESTER: 82.61% (B) (Division)/79.05% (C) (League Championship)

JOHN LACKEY: 52.08% (F) (Division)/96.67% (A) (League Championship)

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

JAKE PEAVY: 86.27% (B) (Division)/-31.48% (F) (League Championship)

BULLPEN: 86.36% (B) (Division)/ 92.62% (A) (League Championship)

Anibal Sanchez

 Sánchez did not face the Red Sox at Comerica Park, but his Career numbers at Comerica Park.

  • 93.1 IP, 76 H, 29 R (28 ER), 25 BB, 110 SO & 4 HR
  • BAA .213, ERA 2.70 & WHIP 1.08
  • Per 9 numbers: 7.33 H, 2.41 BB, 10.61 K, 0.39 HR. K/BB is 4.40
  • GRADE: 78.99% (C)
  • Rates: 20.11% H, 7.67% R, 6.61% BB, 29.10% K, 1.06% HR

Sánchez Thursday night.

  • 6 IP, 9 H, 4 R (3 ER), 5 SO & HR
  • BAA .333, ERA 4.50 & WHIP 1.50
  • Per 9 numbers: 13.50 H, 7.5 K, 1.5 HR
  • GRADE: 66.67% (D)
  • Rates: 33.33% H, 14.81% R, 18.52% K, 3.70% HR

Not a great night for Sánchez at Comerica Park.

TIGERS POSTSEASON REPORT CARD:

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

JUSTIN VERLANDER: 97.04% (A) (Division)/90.28% (A) (League Championship)

ANIBAL SANCHEZ: 29.49% (F) (Division)/80.56% (B) (League Championship)

DOUG FISTER: 67.59% (D) (Division)/83.33% (B) (League Championship)

BULLPEN: 80.48% (B) (Division)/65.66% (D) (League Championship)

Game 6 Pitchers

Max Scherzer

Scherzer returns to Boston to force a Game 7 for the Detroit Tigers. Can he force it? All depends on how his offense responds in a hostile Fenway crowd.

Scherzer’s Game 2 numbers.

  • 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’s 2013 Postseason Numbers

  • 16 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 26 SO & HR
  • BAA .143, ERA 2.25 & WHIP 0.88
  • Per 9 numbers: 4.5 H, 3.38 BB, 14.63 K, 0.56 HR. K/BB is 4.33
  • GRADE: 82.64% (B)
  • Rates: 12.90% H, 6.45% R, 9.68% BB, 41.94% K, 1.61% HR

Scherzer has only pitched at Fenway park once in this season. 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

Clay Buchholz

Buchholz will be pitching in a game of reedeming himself for giving away big opportunities in Game 2. If he avoids his mistakes, Buchholz will be calmly taking his team to the Fall Classic on Wednesday.

Buchholz Game 2 numbers.

  • 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’s 2013 Postseason numbers.

  • 11.2 IP, 15 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 11 SO & 3 HR
  • BAA .300, ERA 6.17 & 1.54 WHIP
  • Per 9 numbers: 11.57 H, 2.31 BB, 8.49 K, 2.31 HR. K/BB is 3.67
  • GRADE: 57.14% (F)
  • Rates: 28.30% H, 15.09% R, 5.66% BB, 20.75% K, 5.66% 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

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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

Scherzer-Buchholz

Prediction:

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

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

PICK: We’ll see Boston playing on Wednesday night at FENWAY.

Fenway Park

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