Early on in the 2013 MLB postseason I repeatedly said that the offense of the Detroit Tigers would have to score runs and help the Tigers play a perfect game to win. That is still the case just as much in the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox as it was against the Oakland Athletics, if not more so. Mainly the issue they will need to get passed is to have their stellar starting pitching dominate the Red Sox’ systematic offensive attack as well as possible. It will not be easy but they need to shut this team down to have the best chance to win.
The pitching staff of the Red Sox is not as good as the Tigers starting staff when they are dealing. Considering the way they won the ALDS against the A’s, it would be hard to suggest they are doing anything other than pitching at the highest level they have pitched at all season long. The Red Sox are not the normal power slugging line-up however. They do not hit a ton of home runs but they also do not have a weak spot in the order.
Every single batter will be capable of taking the starter to a ten pitch at-bat and running up their pitch count prematurely. Several of them can get on base and disrupt the pitcher’s timing by stealing a bag or at least attempting to do so. This will be the key to the series. The Red Sox vs the Tigers comes down to Justin Verlander and company vs the complete offensive attack of the Sox. It won’t take a perfect game from each starting pitcher to win the series but a few shutouts sure wouldn’t hurt. It will not be easy.