The Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox — two iconic American League franchises — meet for the first time ever in the postseason tonight as the American League Championship Series begins.
The Tigers won their ALDS series over the Oakland Athletics mostly on the strength of their pitching. A’s batters struck out a total of 57 times in the series — more than 11 per game — and they were held to a .280 OBP and an average of just three runs per game. The Tigers bats didn’t wake up until it was almost too late, and they barely escaped the series despite the 2.86 team ERA (2.94 FIP).
Boston, who beat the Tampa Bay Rays in four games, also had strong pitching, but they won largely thanks to a strong offensive outburst. They had a team OPS of .803, put 58 runners on base, and averaged more than six runs per game. The Red Sox are one of the most patient teams in the game (they drew 20 walks in the four-game series), and they live to drive up pitch counts and get into the bullpen.
ALCS Game 1: Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox – 8:00 PM ET
Fenway Park – Boston, MA
TV: FOX (Joe Buck, Tim McCarver)
Radio: 97.1 FM in Detroit (click for affiliates)
Weather Forecast: 55 degrees, cloudy.
Probable Lineups and Starting Pitchers
- 1. Austin Jackson, CF (R)
- 2. Torii Hunter, RF (R)
- 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B (R)
- 4. Prince Fielder, 1B (L)
- 5. Victor Martinez, DH (S)
- 6. Jhonny Peralta, LF (R)
- 7. Alex Avila, C (L)
- 8. Omar Infante, 2B (R)
- 9. Jose Iglesias, SS (L)
- SP. Anibal Sanchez, RHP
Boston Red Sox