Game 2 of the 2013 American League Championship Series is scheduled for tonight at 8:00 p.m. EST and for the Detroit Tigers' pitching staff, it’s going to be a tough act to follow!
On the heels of back-to-back near no-hitters (Justin Verlander in Game 5 of the ALDS vs. Oakland and last night’s Game 1 ALCS vs. the Red Sox, a game in which Detroit used five different pitchers) the Detroit Tigers will send future Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer to the mound in Game 2 tonight.
According to a Sportsline report on Oct. 13, Tigers pitchers combined for no-hit baseball in Game 1 through 8 plus innings, but Detroit's shot at history was broken up by Daniel Nava’s single to center-field Joaquin Benoit with one out in the ninth.
A no-no would have been great, but the Tigers and their fans are just glad they escaped with the 1-0 win.
Tonight should be another great pitching match-up when Max Scherzer opposes fellow All-Star Clay Buchholz as this best-of-seven set continues at Fenway Park.
Las Vegas odds makers have the Red Six as a slight favorite at -115, with the over/under number set at 7.5.
There really isn't a "must win" game this early in a best-of-seven series, yet Boston fans know that going to Detroit for games 3, 4 and 5 will be a tough road to climb if their Sox are down 0-2.
Game 2 ALCS facts:
- Who: Tigers vs. Red Sox
- What: Game 2 ALCS
- When: Tonight, Oct, 13 8:00 p.m. EST
- TV: FOX National
- Vegas Line: Boston -115, Over/Under 7.5