DETROIT -- We all know what happened in Game 2. Do you need a reminder? His name is David Ortiz.
Alright, that is enough of that.
The series is tied 1-1 as we are now looking at a best-of-5 series. The positive, besides Justin Verlander, is that the next 3 games are in Detroit.
If the Tigers can win 2 of the 3 at home, that’ll give them a 3-2 series lead heading back to Boston with Scherzer and Verlander ready to go for Game 6 and 7.
Seems pretty possible eh?
Verlander’s career against Boston has been pretty average. In 11 career starts, he is 3-4 with a 3.63 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, 66 strikeouts, and holding them to a .237 BAA.
That is pretty average for Justin Verlander.
His most recent start against them was back on June 23rd where he exited after just 5 innings. The game was a sloppy one overall in case your memory is fogged.
Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava attempted to catch a fly ball but the ball popped out of his glove.
He did appear to make the catch and then lose it on the quick transfer but the Tigers got a favor from umpire Mike DiMuro. Tigers would score 3 runs that inning and wound up winning 7-5, giving Verlander a no-decision.
Verlander gave up 4 runs early, walking 3 and striking out 4. Asked about his performance after the game, “I’ll get back there. I will." He said, "It’s just, like I said, finding that click, finding that rhythm.”
Good thing for Tigers fans, he is in absolute rhythm now.
In the month of September he had a 2.27 ERA in 6 starts. We all have seen what he’s done in the postseason so no need to show him off.
Alright, let’s show him off –
In 2 starts against Oakland, he gave up 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 21.
Fans at Comerica Park and fans watching at home know that Game 3 could easily look like the first two games as far as starting pitching goes.
If anyone on the rotation is going to throw a no-hitter this postseason, majority would bet all their chips on Verlander.
Red Sox hitters haven’t had too much success against him, just ask Dustin Pedroia who is 1-for-18 against him - the hit coming this past June.
His biggest threat is the king of Game 2 – Mr. Grand Slam David Ortiz. He is career 10-for-27 with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs against him.
But will he shy away from him and walk him?
Don’t count on it. Verlander hasn’t walked him since 2010 and it wasn’t intentional. In fact, he hasn’t intentionally walked him since 2006.
The 15 Red Sox players that have had an at-bat against him combine for a .194 average, .273 OBP, and 42 strikeouts.
What else can you call that besides domination?
Justin Verlander is always in absolute power of the Boston Red Sox.
Rule away JV.
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