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Griffin likely leaves in the 6th inning, but is it with a lead or major work to be done?
Obviously, in the American League these two won't have to face each other physically, but they match up as much as anyone else in Game 4.
So far, this has been a series of pitchers' duels.
In Game 1, Jarrod Parker went toe-to-toe with Justin Verlander. Parker pitched well, but left the game earlier, struck out fewer batters, had a lower thrown-strikes percentage, hit a batter and gave up more hits and runs. The A's lost.
In Game 2, Tommy Milone and Doug Fister were very similar pitchers. The difference was, Milone left the game earlier and Fister struck out more batters during his time on the mound. The A's lost then, too.
Now in Game 3, Brett Anderson and Anibal Sanchez pitched about the same amount of time. But Anderson was more effective in all areas, and the A's won the game.
So now the questions are: Who between Griffin and Scherzer stays in longer, and who utilizes their time more efficiently?
On average, Scherzer remains in games longer. He also has way more strikeouts and a higher percentage (strikeouts-per-game and strikeouts-per-walk) overall.
Griffin may not last as long, but he has the better ERA and WHIP.
The Tigers will look for Scherzer to remain in the game as long as possible and rack up strikeouts, while the A's will likely hope for a solid six-inning effort from Griffin before handing it over to the pen.
Advantage: Scherzer, barely. Griffin has been more effective, but Scherzer has more overall experience and a much larger sample size.