The Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers are tied 1-1 in the A.L. Championship Series. After two dramatic games at Fenway Park, the schedule shifts to Detroit where the Tigers will have a chance to play in the comfort of their home. Check out the Red Sox and Tigers playoff schedule as the 2013 ALCS rolls along.
Game 3 Date: Tuesday, Oct. 15
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Kids will rush out of school to the comforts of their home as the Red Sox and Tigers play a late afternoon game.
The Red Sox are now talking about momentum on their side after their miraculous, four-run comeback in the late innings of Sunday's game. However, if there is any pitcher who can kill an opponents' momentum, it is Justin Verlander. He is the Game 3 starter and he has been lights out in October this year. Verlander has yet to allow a run in the 2013 postseason and the Red Sox have only scored one run off Tigers' starting pitching.
However, Jim Leyland might be cautious when reaching out for his bullpen as Jose Veras, Drew Smyly, Al Alberquerque. Joaquin Benoit and Rick Porcello could not handle business on Sunday as the Tigers had a 2-0 series lead waiting for them with just four more outs.
The Red Sox will look to battle against the Tigers' second ace on Tuesday and they will have veteran righty, John Lackey on the mound. He is not the best candidate, but he is what they have in Game 3 of the 2013 ALCS.
The Tigers' offense has responded so far in the series. They are hitting over .100 points higher than the Red Sox in the series, smacking 17 hits with a red hot Jhonny Peralta leading the way with a .500 batting average and a surprising Alex Avila is hitting .429 with three hits in seven at-bats, with a home run.
The Red Sox bats woke up at the best time, but they are still hitting .136 as a team with a .261 OBP after striking out 32 times through the first two games of the series. Expected Verlander to add a couple of casualties to that strikeout total as Boston will have to make some adjustments if they want to prevent falling behind 1-2 in the series.