Boston Red Sox

Afternoon Red Sox Delight – 5/16/14

Max Scherzer (L), Jon Lester (R)

After going 3-3 on the six game road trip, the Boston Red Sox return to Fenway Park for six games in seven days. Tonight, they’ll kick it off with the first game of a three-game set with the Detroit Tigers in a rematch of the 2013 ALCS.

First pitch, weather permitting, is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. The game will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Tigers television market, you can catch the game on Fox Sports Detroit. If you don’t live in either market you’re in luck as the MLB Network will have coverage of the game (outside of Red Sox and Tigers television markets). And if you can’t catch the game on television, you can always listen on the 2014 Red Sox Radio Network.

Jon Lester gets the ball for the Red Sox tonight in his ninth start of 2014. In his previous eight starts, free agent to be Lester, is 4-4 with a 2.75 ERA. He made two starts against the Tigers in 2013 and was 2-0 with a 4.26 ERA (6 ER/12.2 IP). He’s made seven career starts against them and is 2-2 with a 4.63 ERA. Lester was 1-1 in the 2013 ALCS with a 2.31 ERA against them.

Max Scherzer, the reigning AL Cy Young winner and free agent to be as well, makes his ninth start as well. In his previous eight starts, Scherzer is 5-1 with a 2.04 ERA.  In two starts against the Red Sox in 2013, he was 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA (4 ER/14 IP). He’s made eight career starts against the local nine and is 2-4 with a 7.02 ERA. Four of those starts have come at the Fens where he is 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA. He was 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA in two starts during the 2013 ALCS.

Detroit Tigers24-12 Boston Red Sox20-20
1. Rajai Davis LF 1. Dustin Pedroia 2B
2. Ian Kinsler 2B 2. Grady Sizemore RF
3. Miguel Cabrera 1B 3. David Ortiz DH
4. Victor Martinez DH 4. Mike Napoli 1B
5. Torii Hunter RF 5. Mike Carp LF
6. Austin Jackson CF 6. Xander Bogaerts SS
7. Alex Avila C 7. Jackie Bradley, Jr. CF
8. Nick Castellanos 3B 8. Will Middlebrooks 3B
9. Danny Worth SS 9. David Ross C
Max Scherzer SP Jon Lester SP

NOTES:

Here is how the hitters have fared against the starting pitchers during the regular season over their careers.

Detroit Tigers @ Boston Red Sox Batter/Pitcher Matchups

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