Thursday, October 17, 2013
Tigers maneuver through ALCS win
By ESPN Stats & Information
The Detroit Tigers evened the ALCS with the Boston Red Sox with an offensive outburst previously unseen in this series.
It was a game in which the pitcher with a really good breaking ball pitched very well and one in which the pitcher with an uncontrollable breaking ball got hit hard.
The lineup changes work out fine
Tigers manager Jim Leyland juggled his lineup, putting Torii Hunter in the leadoff spot, Miguel Cabrera second, and Austin Jackson eighth.
Each of the three had two RBIs in the win.
Hunter had an RBI as a leadoff hitter for the first time since the 1999 season. It was the first time in his career that he had multiple RBIs when hitting leadoff.
Cabrera broke a tie with Hank Greenberg for sole possession of the Tigers’ postseason RBIs lead (he has 24, two more than Greenberg).
He also had his first stolen base since July 7. It was only the third time in his career that he batted in the No. 2 spot, the first time since June 2004.
Jackson was 2-for-2 with two walks. He was 3-for-33 with two walks in his first eight games this postseason.
This was the fourth time in Tigers history that they had at least three players with multiple RBI in the same postseason game. They previously did so in the 1940 World Series against the Reds, the 1968 World Series against the Cardinals and the 2006 ALDS against the Yankees.
Fister solid again
Tigers starter Doug Fister allowed one run in six innings to earn the win.
This was a game in which Fister had his good 12-to-6 curveball working and that proved to be a difference-maker.
Fister threw 27 pitches with two strikes, 16 of which were curveballs. It was the most often he’s thrown a two-strike curve in any start in his career.
The Red Sox went 1-for-8 against his hook in those situations, with four strikeouts.
Fister’s effort lowered his postseason ERA to 2.06 in seven career starts.
Peavy’s ugly outing
Jake Peavy became the first pitcher in Red Sox postseason history to allow seven runs in three or fewer innings of work.
Peavy had all sorts of trouble throwing strikes. His 54 percent strike rate was his third-worst in any game of his career, his worst since a 33-pitch start while pitching on an injured ankle against the Phillies in 2009.
Peavy’s breaking ball was what did him in. He threw only 10 of 25 curves and sliders for strikes. The Tigers got three hits against his slider, including Hunter’s two-run double.
Peavy has a 10.31 career postseason ERA in four appearances, all starts.
The Elias Sports Bureau notes that is the highest postseason ERA for a pitcher in his first four appearances (with all of those appearances being starts).
The previous high was 8.15 by Charlie Root, who is best known as the pitcher against whom Babe Ruth hit his "called shot" home run in the 1932 World Series.