Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox Free Pick ALCS Game Three - 10/15/13
Boston Red Sox (97-65) at Detroit Tigers (93-69)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm (Comerica Park)
John Lackey (R) (11-13) (3.606) vs. Justin Verlander (R) (14-12) (3.240)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -140 / Boston Red Sox +130 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Motor City and Detroit Tigers welcome the Boston Red Sox to town for game three of the ALCS.
Boston's offense finally showed some life and just in the nick of time to prevent dropping the first two games of the ALCS to Detroit. Instead the series is tied 1-1 following a 6-5 victory after some late inning fireworks at the plate overcame dismal work on the mound. Starter Clay Buchholz was charged with all five runs on eight hits over 5.2 frames as I was surprised he was left in during a four run 6th. The Red Sox offense looked feeble again as they stared at a 5-1 hole in the 8th before David Ortiz clubbed a grand slam to tie it with Jarrod Saltalamacchia smacking a walk off RBI single in the 9th for the win. Boston sends veteran John Lackey to the bump to control the dangerous Detroit lineup. Lackey defeated Tampa Bay 7-4 in the ALDS with four runs allowed on seven hits and three walks over 5.1 frames.
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Detroit might be a little shell shocked after Tuesday's defeat at Fenway Park appeared to be headed for the win column a a 2-0 series lead with Justin Verlander awaiting Boston in game three. I guess that's where the saying 'it's never over til it's over' was born as the Red Sox came roaring back from a 5-1 hole in the 8th against five relievers which ruined a fantastic performance from Max Scherzer who allowed just a single run on two hits over seven innings while striking out 13. Joaquim Benoit served up the grand slam to David Ortiz and Rick Porcello took the loss with a run scored on two hits and a pass ball without recording an out. The Tigers bats were led by Alex Avla who slammed a two run homer and an RBI single while Miguel Cabrera went solo. The Tigers are hoping Justin Verlander keeps putting up zeros when he toes the rubber versus Boston on Tuesday. Verlander is 1-0 with three no decisions despite not giving up a run in 27 innings in four outings.
One would think Verlander at home is a solid pick but sooner or later I would think he allows some runs. I'm going with the over but will sleep on it...