Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers Free Pick - 10/12/13
Detroit Tigers (93-69) at Boston Red Sox (97-65)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 8:07 pm (Fenway Park)
Anibal Sanchez (R) (14-9) (2.753) vs. Jon Lester (L) (16-8) (3.706)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -130 / Detroit Tigers +120 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Tigers travel to Fenway Park to face the Boston Red Sox in game one of the ALCS.
The Tigers didn't make things easy for themselves but all is good in the Motor City after Detroit defeated Oakland 3-0 in game five to advance to the ALCS where the Red Sox await. The Tigers one concern is probably their big offense which really wasn't all that big versus Oakland. The good news was the pitching more then made up for the bats with the Tigers out scoring the Athletics 17-13 with the A's plating six runs in games three and four. Justin Verlander tossed a two hit shutout over eight innings for his fourth consecutive outing without giving up a run while striking out ten. Miguel Cabrera gave the big right hander all the support he would need with a two run homer in the 4th and Juaquin Benoit picked up the save despite allowing a double and hitting a batter in the 9th. Detroit opens up the ALCS with Anibal Sanchez on the mound. Sanchez dropped a 6-3 decision to Oakland in which he allowed five earned runs in 4.1 frames.
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The Red Sox were one of the worse teams in the American League East a year ago but did an about face in 2013 to win the division in a classic worse to first scenario. Boston stayed relatively healthy which was a big help but even before the season began not many experts believed this team had what it takes to challenge in one of the most rough and tumble divisions in the game. The Red Sox have some quality arms but the talk of the town has to be that offense that can score early and often in bunches. Throw some pitching in the mix and we have what we saw versus Tampa Bay in their ALDS; winning in any mber of ways as the team secured the series 3-1 by out scoring the Rays 26-12. Left hander Jon Lester gets the ball in the ALCS opener hoping to duplicate his win over Tampa Bay. In a 12-2 win in the ALDS Lester gave up both runs on solo homers in 7.2 innings.
Lester has not always fared well versus Detroit and Sanchez has better numbers but I will back Lester and the big bats which I hope are still big...