This is what Red Sox Nation feared. Jon Lester put his best foot forward and the Red Sox offense went missing. Now, the team finds itself in a 1-0 hole in the ALCS with Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander on tap for the Tigers.
For two offenses that finished first and second in Major League Baseball in five of the seven top offensive categories, Saturday night’s 1-0 affair wasn’t quite expected. Pitching usually is what carries a team through the postseason and typically trumps offense, but Boston and Detroit were nowhere near their offense prowess in Game 1.
Certainly things can change quickly, but if the Red Sox want to head to Detroit without the thought of being swept, they have to turn it around ASAP. Clay Buchholz looks to follow Lester’s performance and improve on his own this season. Buchholz went 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA, while pitching six innings of three-run ball in Game 3 of the ALDS. Each of Buchholz’ last four starts have been quality st...