Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox Free Pick ALCS Game Five - 10/17/13
Boston Red Sox (97-65) at Detroit Tigers (93-69)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 8:07 pm (Comerica Park)
Jon Lester (L) (16-9) (3.642) vs. Anibal Sanchez (R) (15-9) (2.667)
The Line: Detroit Tigers / Boston Red Sox --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers face off at Comerica Park with the ALCS tied 2-2.
Boston is generally the team handing out the punishment but were on the receiving end of a 7-3 beat down at the hands of Detroit Wednesday that knotted the series 2-2. The Red Sox haven't been pounding the ball the way we have been accustomed to seeing and in game number four the work on the mound was sub par. Starter Jake Peavy was pounded early and often with all seven runs allowed on five hits and a trio of free passes. The potent Boston attack mustered 12 hits and walked once with Shane Victorino and Jarrod Saltalamacchia rapping RBI hits. Left hander Jon Lester face the powerful Detroit lineup for the second time in a week. Lester absorbed a 1-0 defeat in the series opener with the lone run plated on six hits and a BB over six frames.
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We all know Detroit has both the ability to hit and pitch which is the reason the American League Central title is their's. We just haven't seen the arms and bats get it altogether often nough in the postseason although both came up big Wednesday. Starter Doug Fister picked up the win with six outstanding innings with one run given up on eight hits while striking out seven. The Tigers had loads of opportunities on nine hits and five bases on balls tw Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera and Austin Jackson drive in a pair of runs each while recording five of the team's hits. Anibal Sanchez matches up with for the second time hoping for the same positive results. Sanchez defeated the Red Sox 1-0 with six innings of no hit baseball although he did issue six free passes while striking out 12.
At first glance I was leaning to the Tigers but I have to see a line when it is released so please check back later.