The American League Championship Series match up looks to be a good one. Both the Red Sox and the Tigers will feature four strong starting pitchers. Both teams come into the series with deep line-ups, anchored by superstars. It will likely come down to the small things, tiny advantages, to determine a winner. With that said, here are a couple of little things to keep in mind when watching these two American League teams face off.
Career vs. Lester/Peavy: 18 for 39 .462 batting average
Career vs. Buchholz/Lackey: 17 for 74 .250 batting average
Don’t expect him to run. He only had 8 stolen bases, on 12 attempts on the season.
In 157 at bats vs Boston pitcher’s Prince has 5 home runs. FOUR of them against Ryan Dempster.
Obviously he is a different pitcher this season, and he better be. Between 2010 and 2012 he was 1-3 with a 9.32 ERA vs Boston
In each of is his four post seasons his ERA has dropped.
1-2 5.78 Last 2 seasons vs Boston
Career vs. Verlander: 10 for 27 .370 batting average, 2 home runs
Career vs. Scherzer: 7 for 15 .467 batting average, 3 home runs
Career vs. Verlander/Scherzer/Fister: 7 for 48 .146 batting average, 2 home runs
His batting average is .076 better versus righties and 12 of 14 home runs have come against them.
Lackey’s ERA was a full 2 runs worse on the road this season, with a 4-10 record away from Boston. On the flip side, he is 4-1 3.82 in 6 career starts in Detriot
Peavy’s ERA was over 2 and a half runs worse on the road this season.