Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox Free Pick ALCS Game Four - 10/16/13
Boston Red Sox (97-65) at Detroit Tigers (93-69)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 8:07 pm (Comerica Park)
Jake Peavy (R) (12-5) (4.071) vs. Doug Fister (R) (14-9) (3.707)
The Line: Detroit Tigers / Boston Red Sox --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Tigers look to even their ALCS with the Boston Red Sox in front of their home crowd on Wednesday.
Following a late offensive explosion in game number two of their ALCS to win, the Red Sox rode their pitching to a 1-0 victory and a 2-1 series lead. I'm not sure Boston carried much momentum from their huge rally in game two in to Tuesday but thanks to starter John Lackey and three relievers the offense didn't need to do much and didn't. Lackey tossed a four hit shut out over 6.2 frames to get the win with Koji Uehara throwing a scoreless 9th to get the save. The bats mustered only four hits but the only one that mattered was Mike Napoli's solo jack in the 7th. The Red Sox lean on veteran Jake Peavy for game four of the ALCS on Wednesday versus the Tigers. Peavy appeared once in the postseason in a 3-1 win over the Rays (ND) in which he gave up a run over 5.2 frames.
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The postseason seems to be dominated by pitching and Tuesday was no different as the Tigers big bats were held in check by the Red Sox arms. Starter Justin Verlander tossed another gem but the only run he gave up in five outings made him a loser. Verlander allowed just four hits including a solo home run through eight innings pitched while striking out ten. The dangerous Detroit offense was limited to just six hits and a pair of bases on balls and did have a few opportunities to get a few runs but never received the big hit with Victor Martinez and Torii Hunter notching a pair of hits each. Detroit hands the ball to right hander Doug Fister on the bump Wednesday in game number four. Fister did not receive a decision in an 8-6 victory over Oakland where he allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings.
Right now I'm looking at the Red Sox but this postseason has been brutally difficult to predict and I will firm this up when a line is released.