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Sunday, 13 October 2013 23:15

ALCS Game 2 Preview

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After losing game one and nearly getting no hit by the Detroit Tigers, the Boston Red Sox hope to find success in Game 2 of the ALCS. Clay Buchholz will toe the rubber for the Red Sox in game 2. The right hander is coming off an ALDS start in which he went 6 inning and allowed 3 earned runs on 7 hits against the Tampa Bay Rays. Although Buchholz wasn't the dominant pitcher that we saw during the regular season, his start was passable enough to keep the game close. During the 2013 campaign Buchholz went 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA over 16 starts. Despite being on the disabled list for just over 90 days, the 29 year old returned to the Sox staff in September and didn't show much rust. On his career, Buchholz has started 8 games against the Tigers and holds a 3.58 ERA in just over 50 innings pitched. After Anibal Sanchez threw 6 no hit innings last night, there will be no let up in the Detroit Tigers game 2 starter as Max Scherzer will counter Buchholz. The Tigers ace will look to continue his impressive 2013 post season for Detroit. In the ALDS, Scherzer started game one against the Oakland Athletics and pitched 7 innings of 3 hit, 2 run baseball. After the Tigers were in desperation mode in a win-or-go-home game 4, the 29 year old also made himself available out of the bullpen where he allowed 1 run over 2 innings pitched. But 2 dominant performances are what we have grown accustom to seeing from Scherzer during the 2013 season. The Cy Young Award winner to be started 32 games and pitched over 200 innings with a 2.90 ERA. After nearly getting no-hit, it makes sense for the Red Sox to make a few changes to the line up. In that case, Mike Carp and Jonny Gomes were inserted into the Red Sox line up for game 2. Tonight will be Carp's first post season start of his career as he will replace the struggling first baseman, Mike Napoli. During the regular season, Carp made a name for himself in Boston by posting a .296/.362/.523 slash in 86 games. During his limited playing time, Carp still managed to drive in 43 runs and knock out 9 home runs. Jonny Gomes will be filling in in left field for the Red Sox that got a hit in game one, or better known as, Daniel Nava. While Gomes is usually limited to at bats against left handed pitching John Farrell must have a feeling in his bones that Gomes should bat against the right handed Max Scherzer. Like Carp, Gomes too gained popularity in Boston despite not being in the line up every day. In 116 games Gomes drove in 52 runs while knocking 13 balls over the wall. The only change that Detroit made to there line up was moving Jose Iglesias to the bench and moving game one left fielder Jhonny Peralta to his native position at short stop. In left field, Jim Leyland elected to use Don Kelly. The left handed hitting Kelly batted .222/.309/.343 in the season in 112 games. While Kelly isn't much of a threat with the bat, he has the ability to get on base as evident by his 27 walks and 28 strike outs. After dropping game one of the the American League championship series, game two feels like a must win game for the Boston Red Sox. Although game one of the ALCS was a fairly embarrassing loss, Clay Buchholz and company need to rebound. However the Tigers are still set to throw two of the games best pitchers in Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander, which makes Boston's uphill climb even harder.