Skip to content

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

Oct 13, 2013, 12:34 PM EST

max scherzer getty Getty Images

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.

Latest Posts
  1. Report: Dan Haren is “holding out hope” for a trade to the Angels or Padres

    Dec 22, 2014, 6:40 PM EST

    dan haren getty Getty Images

    Dan Haren was traded from the Dodgers to the Marlins in the Dee Gordon deal during this month’s Winter Meetings despite his previous comments that he would rather retire than pitch for a team away from his family in Southern California.

  2. Marco Scutaro needs back surgery, career may be over

    Dec 22, 2014, 5:07 PM EST

    Marco Scutaro Reuters Reuters

    “It’s too soon to know if Scutaro will ever take the field again.”

  3. My Imaginary Hall of Fame Ballot

    Dec 22, 2014, 4:49 PM EST

    Randy Johnson Dbacks

    I got, like, 17 guys I’d put in. But I’ll pretend I can only pick ten.

  4. Padres re-sign Josh Johnson

    Dec 22, 2014, 2:49 PM EST

    San Diego Padres Photo Day Getty Images

    Another comeback attempt in San Diego.

  5. They’re playing a football game in Marlins Park

    Dec 22, 2014, 2:37 PM EST

    Houston Astros v Miami Marlins Getty Images

    And it looks weird. But then again, everything looks weird there, doesn’t it?

  6. Doc Gooden: “Letter to my Younger Self”

    Dec 22, 2014, 2:08 PM EST

    Doc Gooden

    We could probably all write one of these. But ours would be a lot less useful to our younger selves than Doc Gooden’s is to his younger self.

  7. The Pirates win the bidding for Jung-Ho Kang

    Dec 22, 2014, 12:44 PM EST

    jung-ho kang getty Getty Images

    The Pirates have 30 days to reach an agreement with Kang or else he goes back to his KBO team.

  8. Nationals sign Heath Bell

    Dec 22, 2014, 12:16 PM EST

    heath bell getty Getty Images

    Bell was an All-Star as recently as 2011.

  9. Revolution, expropriation and the Havana Sugar Kings

    Dec 22, 2014, 11:54 AM EST

    Sugar Kings

    The ultimate minor league “where are they now?”

  10. Troy Tulowitzki gets trade rumor updates from the Rockies

    Dec 22, 2014, 10:47 AM EST

    Troy Tulowitzki AP

    “You see what’s going on, but …”

  11. I wish Marshawn Lynch played baseball

    Dec 22, 2014, 10:34 AM EST

    Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 10.34.03 AM Getty Images

    Who will tell us that they’re “takin’ it one game at a time” now?!

  12. Phil Hughes signs a three-year extension with the Twins

    Dec 22, 2014, 9:04 AM EST

    Phil Hughes AP

    He’ll be under team control through 2019.

  13. “Baseball love, Cuban style”

    Dec 22, 2014, 8:41 AM EST

    Cuba

    Taped baseballs and Yankees fans.

  14. Wanna buy John Lackey’s House?

    Dec 22, 2014, 7:49 AM EST

    Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 7.38.07 AM

    Understated, it is not.

  15. Padres planning to hang on to their recently-acquired outfielders

    Dec 21, 2014, 11:10 PM EST

    wil myers getty Getty Images

    Wil Myers was rumored to be a potential target for the Phillies in a trade involving Cole Hamels, but it turns out the Padres plan to hang on to him.

  16. Twins sign Wil Ledezma to a minor league deal

    Dec 21, 2014, 10:21 PM EST

    Wil Ledezma Getty Images

    Wil Ledezma will attempt to return to the major leagues with the Twins after signing a minor league deal.

  17. Giants’ training staff preparing an update on Marco Scutaro

    Dec 21, 2014, 9:55 PM EST

    Marco Scutaro Reuters Reuters

    Marco Scutaro’s 2014 season was tarnished by a chronic back ailment. The Giants’ training staff is preparing an update on the 39-year-old and it may not be good news.

  18. Rob Refsnyder, Jose Pirela to compete for Yankees’ second base job

    Dec 21, 2014, 8:50 PM EST

    Jose Pirela Jose Pirela

    If spring training were to start today, Yankees GM Brian Cashman would have Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela compete for the starting job at second base.

Featured video

Cubs shore up rotation with Jon Lester
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. W. Myers (5792)
  2. M. Kemp (3243)
  3. J. Kang (3179)
  4. C. McGehee (3073)
  5. W. Middlebrooks (3048)
  1. J. Upton (2978)
  2. M. Morse (2306)
  3. A. Rios (2096)
  4. J. Peavy (2074)
  5. J. Shields (2012)