Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Much has been made of John Lackey's better ERA at home than away.
But he has done fine at Comerica Park in his career: 4-1, 3.83.
Conversely, Clay Buchholz has made four starts in Comerica: 1-0, 7.08.
With that in mind, here is the likely Red Sox initial rotation in the ALCS:
Game 1 in Boston: Jon Lester
Game 2 in Boston: Clay Buchholz
Game 3 in Detroit: John Lackey
Game 4 in Detroit: Jake Peavy
As for the lineup, look for Boston’s standard order against right-handed pitching:
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Shane Victorino RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Daniel Nava LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Stephen Drew SS
Will Middlebrooks 3B
From the bullpen, the three arms that will be heavily relied upon are obvious by now. See today's column.
Two notes from Detroit's win over Oakland on Thursday:
One: Boston must be glad that they will not see Justin Verlander until Game 3.
Two: Detroit suddenly needs offense so Jhonny Peralta started at shortstop instead of Jose Iglesias. Peralta batted .417 (5-for-12) in the Division Series. Iglesias batted .083 (1-for-12).
The Tigers need to "beware" of the Red Sox, according to the Detroit Free Press' John Lowe.Tweet
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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