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2B Dustin Pedroia
Final Score Prediction
Red Sox 2, Tigers 1 (10 inn.)
Jon Lester (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K)
Junichi Tazawa (1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K)
Koji Uehara (1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, SV)
He may be overlooked when compared to fellow postseason aces Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright, but Jon Lester is every bit as capable as those guys of turning in a dominant start. He enjoyed a bounce-back regular season, going 15-8 with a 3.75 ERA in a career high 213.1 innings, and he's 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA in two starts so far this October. I expect him to have his best start yet in Game 5, though he'll have to settle for a no decision.
Anibal Sanchez (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K)
Drew Smyly (1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K)
Jose Veras (1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K)
Al Alburquerque (1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, L)
After allowing eight hits and six runs (five earned) and taking the loss in his first start of this postseason, Anibal Sanchez bounced back with six no-hit innings in Game 1 of the ALCS, as pitch count kept him from going any further, but it was a positive sign nonetheless. He'll be tough again in this one and it will come down to a game of bullpens, with Al Alburquerque giving up a long ball in the 10th to take the loss.
2B: David Ortiz
HR: Dustin Pedroia
RBI: Mike Carp, Dustin Pedroia
With Anibal Sanchez dealing, the Red Sox only manage to scrape across one run in his seven innings of work, with an RBI single from Mike Carp scoring David Ortiz in the second inning. Their bats go silent from there though, until the top of the tenth when Dustin Pedroia takes slider-specialist Al Alburquerque deep for what proves to be the decisive blow.
2B: Miguel Cabrera
RBI: Miguel Cabrera
An RBI double from Miguel Cabrera, scoring Torii Hunter, is the only offense the Tigers muster against Red Sox ace Jon Lester as he's got his best stuff working from the get-go. The one-two punch of Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara slams the door in the eighth and ninth without allowing a base runner. The Red Sox head back to Boston with a 3-2 series lead looking to close things out against Max Scherzer in Game 6.