Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers Free Pick ALCS Game two - 10/13/13
Detroit Tigers (93-69) at Boston Red Sox (97-65)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 8:07 pm (Fenway Park)
Max Scherzer (R) (22-3) (2.887) vs. Clay Buchholz (R) (12-1) (1.889)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -105 / Detroit Tigers -105 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Tigers look to take a 2-0 series lead over the Red Sox in game two of the ALCS.
I guess if you can't get a hit you can't score and if you can't score you can't win. At least that's the way things panned out for the Tigers in game one with a one hitter in a 1-0 victory. It wa stunning performance by the Detroit pitching who received six no hit frames from starter Anibal Sanchez although he walked six. Joaquim Benoit recorded the save but did allow a one hit to lose the no hitter. The offense had plenty of runners with nine hits and a trio of walks with Jhonny Peralta singling in Miguel Cabrera in the 6th. The Tigers send Max Scherzer to the bump in game two of the ALCS versus Boston. Scherzer has gone 2-0 in the postseason with two runs given up in a 3-2 win over Oakland as a starter and a two inning stint in relief where he allowed a run.
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I'm not surprised Boston lost their ALCS opener to Detroit because these teams are both good but I am surprised the highest scoring team in the land couldn't even score a single run. Even more surprising was their big offense mustered just a single hit and didn't get it until one out in the 9th. This was the second one hitter of the postseason as runs might be difficult to come by the deeper we get in to the series. Lost in the shuffle was was a steller performance on the mound by Jon Lester who absorbed the loss with the lone run given up on six hits through 6.1 innings of work. One hit and six bases on balls only produced a few threats with the tying run reaching second in the 9th but no further. Clay Buchholz toes the rubber versus visiting Detroit in game number two of their ALCS Sunday. Buchholz did not receive a decision in a 5-4 loss at Tampa Bay in which he gave up three runs over six frames.
I don't see much of an edge here but Boston is in trouble if they lose this one. I am backing the Red Sox but I am thinking there is nothing tougher then picking postseason baseball and I'll just be watching...