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A.L.C.S. Game 2: Tigers vs. Red Sox, Sunday 10/13, 7 p.m. CT

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Just imagine if Saturday night's game had involved the Cubs... on either side.

Al Bello

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.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Max Scherzer 21-3 32 32 0 0 0 0 214.1 152 73 69 18 56 240 2.90 .97


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Clay Buchholz 12-1 15 16 1 1 0 0 108.1 75 23 21 4 36 96 1.74 1.02

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This will serve as your one and only game thread for today's game. Enjoy, and discuss amongst yourselves.