Scherzer takes mound for the Tigers
The Detroit Tigers will turn to righthander Max Scherzer on Sunday night as they take on the Boston Red Sox on the road at Fenway Park in the second game of the best-of-seven ALCS.
Scherzer picked up two wins against the A's in the Tigers' ALDS victory, but the righthander is just 2-4 with an ugly 7.02 ERA in eight career starts against Boston. Scherzer held Boston to two runs over seven innings on September 3.
Boston hands the ball to starter Clay Buchholz in this one and he'll try to improve on his 12-1 mark on the year.
This game matches up the No. 4 (Red Sox) and the No. 16 (Tigers) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.
Detroit won its last outing, a 1-0 result against the Red Sox on October 12. Bettors who backed the Tigers at +130 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (1) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Tigers hope for a dominant pitching performance similar to their last game when Anibal Sanchez struck out 12 batters in 1-0 victory on Saturday at Fenway Park.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Boston's No. 1-rated offense, averaging 5.26 runs per game, against a Tigers defense that ranks No. 7 at 3.8 in runs allowed per game. The Red Sox have averaged 9.61 hits per game so far, less than Tigers batters have averaged on the year (9.95 hits per game).
Detroit brings the No. 7-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Red Sox's No. 13-ranked defense.
Detroit at Boston, Tuesday, October 15th