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Looking ahead to ALCS Game 2: Tigers vs. Red Sox

Oct 13, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT

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The Red Sox were held hitless through 8 1/3 innings in Saturday night’s 1-0 ALCS Game 1 loss to the Tigers and will be looking for much more offense in Game 2 on Sunday night at Fenway Park. But that’s going to be easier said than done because the likely American League Cy Young Award recipient, Max Scherzer, will be on the mound for visiting Detroit.

The broadcast of ALCS Game 2 begins at 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX. We’ll have regular updates here on HBT.

Starting for the host Red Sox will be right-hander Clay Buchholz, who allowed three earned runs on seven hits and three walks in a six-inning ALDS Game 3 start against the Rays. Boston wound up losing that game on a walkoff homer, and the Tigers’ offense presents a much greater challenge than Tampa Bay’s. The American League Wild Card-winning Rays scored 700 runs during the regular season and finished with a +54 run differential. Detroit, the division champions in the American League Central, scored 796 regular-season runs and finished with a +172 run differential. Buchholz missed more than three months this summer with neck and shoulder injuries and did not make a start in the regular season against this Tigers team.

Scherzer faced the Red Sox twice this season and held them to four earned runs on 11 hits in 14 innings for a 2.57 ERA. He struck out 14 batters and issued only three walks in those 14 frames. The 29-year-old right-hander out of the University of Missouri had a brilliant 2.90 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 10.1 K/9 in 32 total starts.

The Red Sox are expected to shift their lineup a bit after Saturday’s frustrating Game 1 loss, with Mike Carp likely subbing in for Mike Napoli at first base and Jonny Gomes taking over for Daniel Nava in left field.

Detroit will probably stick with the same starting nine that squeezed out that 1-0 Game 1 win.

  1. historiophiliac - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Ok, I just have to say that McCarver is making this unbearable. He says dumb stuff and then pauses to let you get it, and then repeats it when Buck doesn’t give him the “Wow!” he’s looking for. I’m no fan of Don Kelly (effing Don Kelly!), but damn, man, READ the roster. (Although in fairness, “Dan” Kelly isn’t really worse than the doofus on TBS that came out with both “Domkowski” and “Dombrawlski” last series.) And, BoSox, you might need to put names on your jerseys for the series so that he can tell Middlebrooks and Drew apart. Both announcers were relying heavily on their researchers to give them things to talk about last night instead of the game — terribly annoying.

    PS I miss Rod & Mario. :(

    • 1historian - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      McCarver is the reason I don’t watch. He knows his stuff and he needs desperately to tell us everything all the time which means that he doesn’t have the vaguest clue as to when to STFU.

      Read ‘Praying for Gil Hodges’ by Tom Oliphant.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 13, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        How do you have time to read??? It’s the playoffs!

      • paperlions - Oct 13, 2013 at 3:39 PM

        What does McCarver know? He doesn’t seem to know baseball history, because most of the stuff he makes up is verifiably wrong. He doesn’t understand good baseball strategy or analysis at all. What does he know? He acts like every fact he is fed is some kind of grand insight rather than irrelevant trivia or something everyone that cares already knows.

        He’s annoying and he detracts from the quality of a broadcast…..the only thing that makes him worse is that he is paired with Buck….the sanctimony in his voice makes me want to choke him (not unlike Olbermann) regardless of the meaning of his words…and his words aren’t that great either. Too bad Fox has both baseball and football, otherwise he could spend all of his time ruining the broadcasts of just one sport instead of two.

    • cur68 - Oct 13, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      The dreaded two headed monster that is McBuck. I hate that thing. Blithers nonsensically about football during the baseball game and, when focused on the ball game itself, offers either nothing you didn’t already know or incomprehensible gibberish. Why the FUCK does FOX employ these two clowns?

      • historiophiliac - Oct 13, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        They should totally put us in the booth! lol

      • paperlions - Oct 13, 2013 at 6:20 PM

        In answer to your question Cur, McBuck isn’t an announcing team for people than know anything about baseball….they are for the casual or non-fan that might tune in and doesn’t know any better. If you know nothing about baseball, they might not suck so hard.

  2. MLBlogsbig3bosox - Oct 13, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    “Starting for the host Red Sox will be right-hander Clay Buchholz, who allowed three earned runs on seven hits and three walks in a six-inning ALDS Game 3 start against the Rays. Boston wound up winning that game, but Buchholz was far from sharp and the Tigers’ offense presents a much greater challenge than Tampa Bay’s.”

    I’m pretty sure Jose Lobaton hit a walk-off HR in that game for Tampa vs Uehara.. *drinks*.

    • Drew Silva - Oct 13, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Oops. It was early morning when I wrote this. Appreciate the heads-up.

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