Oct 5, 2013, 1:10 PM EDT
ALDS: TAMPA BAY RAYS (0-1) vs. BOSTON RED SOX (1-0)
Series: Red Sox lead 1-0
Where: Fenway Park in Boston, MA
Gametime: 5:30 p.m.
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 65 degrees, wind 5 mph
Starting pitchers: TB – David Price (10-8, 3.33) / BOS – John Lackey (10-13 3.52)
An early lead for Tampa Bay turned into a complete blowout in Boston’s 12-2 win in Game 1 on Friday. The Rays will now look to their ace, David Price, to get them back into the series before it gets out of hand.
Price took a step back this season from his 2012 Cy Young campaign, and doesn’t have a great track record in the postseason. Price has taken the loss in each of his last three playoff starts and holds a 3.96 ERA overall in eight postseason games. He has, however, been great against the Red Sox this year. The lefty has a 2.48 ERA through 32 2/3 innings vs. Boston, a span of five starts.
John Lackey takes the mound for the Red Sox in what has been a renaissance year for the 34-year-old. After missing all of 2012 due to injury, Lackey pitched 189 1/3 innings this season and held a 3.52 ERA. He hasn’t been as fortunate this season against Tampa though, with nine earned runs in just ten innings vs. the club in their two season matchups.
Lackey has a strong history pitching in the playoffs back when he was with the Angels, but hasn’t played in the postseason since 2009. In 14 total playoff games Lackey sports a 3.12 ERA and won a World Series with his former club in 2002.
ALDS: DETROIT TIGERS (1-0) VS. OAKLAND ATHLETICS (0-1)
Series: Tigers lead 1-0
Where: O.co Coliseum in Oakland, CA
Gametime: 9:00 p.m.
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Clear, 67 degrees, wind 4 mph
Starting pitchers: DET – Justin Verlander (13-12, 3.46) / OAK – Sonny Gray (5-3, 2.67)
After holding on for a 3-2 win in Game 1, the Tigers now send Justin Verlander to the mound looking for a 2-0 series lead. Verlander hasn’t been the dominant ace we’ve come to know for much of this season, but lately he’s been better – a 2.27 ERA in six Sept. starts – and always gives the A’s trouble. He’s got a 2.48 ERA across 15 career games against Oakland, including two wins in last year’s series. In Game 1 of the 2012 ALDS, Verlander allowed one run through seven innings, and in the decisive Game 5 he threw a complete game shutout.
Pitching for Oakland is rookie right-hander Sonny Gray. The 18th overall pick in the 2011 draft, Gray only has ten starts in his young MLB career and has never faced the Tigers. He’ll have his hands full with a Detroit lineup that notched ten hits in Friday’s win.
With a rookie pitcher on the mound, the Athletics will need to step it up on offense in Game 2. They mustered only two runs off three hits in Friday’s loss, and only three players reached base.
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