Saturday night's ALCS Game 1 was one of the most excruciatingly excellent games I have ever seen. Beyond the no-hitter drama, it was a game that could have been broken open by either team with a couple of key hits. Instead, it came down to a somewhat-shaky Joaquin Benoit to close it out.
I think if that had been a Cubs closer on the mound -- or a Cubs hitter trying to win the game in the bottom of the ninth -- this site might have crashed the entire internet. Maybe someday we'll have the chance to find that out.
The Tigers have now thrown back-to-back shutouts in the postseason; that's pretty hard to do, but I figured Detroit's pitching staff would be one of the determining factors in this series. And now, Boston has to face Detroit's two top pitchers in Games 2 and 3, though the Red Sox will counter tonight with Clay Buchholz, who's had an outstanding year himself.
Another low-scoring game is likely in order.
|2013 - Max Scherzer||21-3||32||32||0||0||0||0||214.1||152||73||69||18||56||240||2.90||.97|
|2013 - Clay Buchholz||12-1||15||16||1||1||0||0||108.1||75||23||21||4||36||96||1.74||1.02|
This will serve as your one and only game thread for today's game. Enjoy, and discuss amongst yourselves.