Tuesday October 15, 2013 | 01:19 PM

Two ways the Red Sox can beat the Tigers today: get to Justin Verlander early, or drive his pitch count up so much they can take their chances against the bullpen.

The Tigers bullpen is 1-for-2 in this ALCS so far.

“Everyone is making a big deal about the bullpen,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. Three days ago, they were bragging about the bullpen and two days ago, they were saying the bullpen didn’t do the job.”

Leyland is not worried about second-guessing when he uses his bullpen (big surprise there).

“I was either wrong twice and it worked out right once, or I was right twice and it worked out wrong once. That’s just the way it works,” he said.

“I don’t have any issue with the bullpen. They did a fantastic job the one night. The other night they didn’t do quite so well. It is what it is. There is no magic. You can’t go grab another relief pitcher this time of year.”

Here is the Red Sox lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Shane Victorino RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Johnny Gomes LF
Stephen Drew SS
Will Middlebrooks 3B
(John Lackey P)
 

About this Blog

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.

Follow his thoughts on the Boston Red Sox and Portland Sea Dogs on Clearing the Bases

Follow his thoughts on the Boston Celtics and Maine Red Claws on Holding Court


Subscribe to the
Holding Court RSS

Subscribe to the
Clearing the Bases RSS

Previous entries

April 2014

March 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

More

September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

January 2012

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

Further Discussion

Here at PressHerald.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)
Prefer to respond privately? Email us here.