Tuesday's Red Sox-Tigers ALCS matchups: John Lackey vs. Justin Verlander

October 15, 2013 - 6:45 am
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Less than two days after pulling off a remarkable comeback victory in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, the Red Sox will look to build upon that momentum Tuesday, as John Lackey faces off against Justin Verlander and the Tigers at Comerica Park in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series. After almost being no-hit in Game 1, the Red Sox were able to even up the series Sunday night, as a clutch grand slam off the bat of David Ortiz tied the game at five in the eighth inning. Boston would capitalize in the following frame, as Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove in Jonny Gomes from third with an RBI single, giving the Sox a dramatic 6-5 victory. Lackey (10-13, 3.52 ERA) will be tasked with trying to curb the dangerous Detroit lineup Tuesday. After missing all of the 2012 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, Lackey has enjoyed the best season of his Red Sox career in 2013, as he finished second in the rotation in ERA and innings pitched (189 1/3). While Lackey has had a big bounce-back year in 2013, the right-hander has slowed down as of late, surrendering 12 earned runs over his last four starts. In his last start on Oct. 5, Lackey earned the win in Game 2 of the ALDS against the Rays, giving up seven hits and four earned runs over 5 1/3 innings. Lackey has enjoyed success against the Tigers in his career, compiling a record of 6-3 with a 3.86 ERA in 12 career starts. While Verlander (13-12, 3.46) had a down year by his lofty standards during the 2013 regular season, he has been astounding during the playoffs. Verlander was excellent during the Tigers' ALDS series against Oakland, as he did not allow a run and struck out 21 batters in 15 innings of work over two starts. In his one start against the Red Sox during the regular season this year on June 23 ,Verlander did not factor in the decision after allowing four runs and seven hits over five innings. Verlander has held his own against Boston over the years, as the 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner is 3-4 with a 3.63 ERA in 11 career starts. Red Sox vs. Verlander (RHP)  David Ortiz (30 plate appearances): .370 BA/.433 OBP/.741 SLG, 2 home runs, 4 RBIs Jacoby Ellsbury (26): .227/.269/.318, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs Mike Napoli (22): .222/.364/.389, 1 home run, 3 RBIs Dustin Pedroia (19): .056/.105/.056, 1 single, 3 strikeouts Jarrod Saltalamacchia (15): .133/.133/.133, 2 singles, 8 strikeouts Jonny Gomes (12): .000/.250/.000, 1 RBI, 3 walks Stephen Drew (9): .250/.333/.250, 2 singles, 5 strikeouts Mike Carp (6): .000/.167/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Shane Victorino (6): .000/.000/.000, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts Daniel Nava (4): .333/.500/.667, 1 double, 3 RBIs Will Middlebrooks (2): .500/.500/.500, 1 single, 1 strikeout Quintin Berry, Xander Bogaerts, and David Ross have not faced Verlander. Tigers vs. Lackey (RHP) Torii Hunter (58 plate appearances): .245 BA/.310 OBP/.396 SLG, 2 home runs, 11 strikeouts Jhonny Peralta (33): .355/.364/.387, 1 double, 4 RBIs Victor Martinez (31): .407/.484/.444, 1 double, 3 walks Omar Infante (15): .214/.267/.357, 2 doubles, 6 strikeouts Miguel Cabrera (13): .333/.385/.667, 1 double, 1 home run Alex Avila (9): .000/.222/.000, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Prince Fielder (9): .444/.444/.667, 2 doubles, 1 RBI Ramon Santiago (9): .222/.222/.556, 1 home run, 2 RBIs Austin Jackson (8): .375/.375/.500, 1 double, 3 strikeouts Andy Dirks (6): .400/.500/.800, 1 triple, 1 RBI Don Kelly (6): .333/.333/.333, 2 singles, 1 strikeout Brayan Pena (6): .500/.500/.667, 1 double Jose Iglesias (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double Hernan Perez has not faced Lackey.

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