8:00 PM ET, October 16, 2013
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
Boston: Peavy (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Detroit: Fister (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
The Detroit Tigers haven’t impressed their online sports wagering fans with three outstanding performances from their starting pitchers since they currently own a 2-1 deficit in the AL championship series.
The Boston Red Sox’s offense has struck in clutch moments over the past two contests, and the team will look to come within a win of reaching another World Series by winning Game 4 on tonight at Comerica Park.
The Tigers’ starters — Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander — have allowed two runs and six hits while striking out 35 in 21 innings, including six frames of no-hit ball from Sanchez in a 1-0 win in Game 1.
However, Boston is a strong team. The Red Sox ended the combined no-hitter and put the tying run in scoring position in the ninth in their lone loss, then capped a five-run comeback with David Ortiz’s eighth-inning grand slam and Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s walk-off single for a 6-5 victory in Game 2.
With Verlander dealing tonight, Mike Napoli homered in the seventh to give the Red Sox a 1-0 win — the fourth 1-0 decision and seventh shutout in 27 games this postseason.
Boston got some of their own solid pitching in Game 3 from John Lackey, who struck out eight and allowed four hits in 6 2/3 innings before the bullpen shut down Detroit the rest of the way.
Miguel Cabrera, who homered in Game 2, was unable to reach base for the first time in 32 postseason games for the Tigers and struck out with Austin Jackson on third and one out in the eighth. Prince Fielder then whiffed to end the inning.
The Tigers, which are 5 for 33 (.152) with runners in scoring position over its last four games, will look to even the series while providing some run support for Doug Fister (0-0, 4.50 ERA) in his second postseason start.
The 29 year-old allowed three runs in six innings as Detroit beat the Oakland Athletics 8-6 in Game 4 of the Division Series on Oct. 8. Fister gave up six runs and 11 hits while lasting just 3 1/3 innings in a 10-6 home defeat versus the Red Sox on June 21, but held Boston to four hits in seven innings of a 3-0 victory at Fenway Park on Sept. 2.
Boston will be sending Jake Peavy to the mound. The 32 year-old was acquired in a three-team trade with the Tigers and the Chicago White Sox in July that sent shortstop Jose Iglesias to Detroit.
Peavy (0-0, 1.59) gave up one run in 5 2/3 innings in Game 4 versus the Tampa Bay Rays in the Division Series on Oct. 8 as the Red Sox eliminated the Rays with a 3-1 win.