BOSTON (CBS) – The Red Sox-Tigers ALCS has a chance to be one epic series.
Both teams have above average starting pitching, and that’s usually a good place to start in a playoff series.
The Tigers will roll out Anibal Sanchez in Game 1 followed by Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander (who was brilliant in the ALDS vs Oakland), and Doug Fister, while the Red Sox will likely roll out Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, John Lackey, and Jake Peavy. On paper, great match-ups all the way through.
The Tigers won the regular season series 4-3, but much like the Tampa Bay series, I think you have to look at the series played in the second half of the season when the Red Sox had become the team they are now. In fact, a look at the September games at Fenway may give an indication of what we will see.