Previewing Game 4 Of The ALCS

boston vs detroitThe Boston Red Sox have a 2-1 series leas over Detroit going into game 4. Here is how the series has gone so far. Game 1 was a pitching duel as Anibal Sanchez for Detroit went 6 innings allowing no runs while striking out 12. Jon Lester for Boston went 6 1/3 innings allowing 1 run (the only run in the game was a RBI single by Jhonny Peralta in the 6th). In game 2 it looked like Detroit would be heading home up 2-0 in the series as they had a 5-1 lead in the game until the 8th inning when David Ortiz hit a grand slam to tie the game up. In the 9th Jarrod  Saltalamacchia hit a walk off home run off of Rick Porcello. Game 3 was another pitching duel as Mike Napoli’s home run in the 7th off of Justin Verlander was the only run scored of the game. And that is how we got to game 4.

The Detroit Tigers will start Doug Fister. Fister’s record this season is 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA. He has pitched in 1 postseason game so far this year and it was against Oakland. He pitched 6 innings giving up 3 runs on 7 hits, striking out 1 on his way to a no decision.

The Boston Red Sox will start 2007 CY Young winner Jake Peavy. Peavy has a record of 12-5 with a 4.17 ERA. In his only postseason start this year against Tampa Bay. He pitched 5 2/3 innings allowing 1 run on 5 hits and striking out 3 on his way to the no decision.

 

Keys to the game

For Detroit:
1. Which Doug Fister will show up? In 2 games against Boston Fister has a record of 1-1. In his win he allowed no runs on 4 hits in 7 innings pitched. However in the loss he allowed 6 runs on 11 hits in 3 1/3 inning.
2. Can Victor Martinez stay hot? Martinez is batting .419 with 1 home run, 4 doubles and 3 RBIs.
3. Can they stop Big Papi? David Ortiz is batting .261 with 3 home runs and 7 RBIs.

For Boston:
1. Can they give Peavy run support? In his only start against Detroit this year Peavy gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and his team scored 7 runs to give him the win. So can he get run support.
2. Can Jacoby Ellsbury stay hot? He is batting .357 (10 hits in 28 at-bats) with 2 RBIs and 8 runs scored.
3. Can they slow down Jhonny Peralta? Peralta is batting .417 with 1 home run, 4 doubles and 6 RBIs. Can the Detroit pitchers slow down Jhonny?

 

My Prediction

There is no score until the bottom of the 4th when Victor Martinez hits a RBI single to give Detroit the lead. In the top of the 6th Jacoby Ellsbury hits a 2 RBI double to give Boston the lead. But in the bottom of the 6th Jhonny Peralta ties it up with home run to left field. In the top of the 8th David Ortiz hits his 4th home run of the playoffs giving Boston a 3-2 lead. The pitching stiffens from their as neither team allows a run and that is how the game finishes.

Final score:

Boston: 3
Detroit: 2

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2 Responses to “Previewing Game 4 Of The ALCS”

  1. i like boston in this series

  2. I always root for the underdog.I would to see

    the dodgers comeback and win it!

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