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Lester to oppose Sanchez in Game 1 of ALCS

ALCS Game 1

Time: 8:00 PM

Location: Fenway Park

TV/Radio: FOX/93.7 WEEI

Jon Lester will oppose Anibal Sanchez of the Tigers in Game 1 of the ALCS. Lester was impressive in the opening game of the ALDS. He dominated the Rays, earning a 12-2 victory back on October 4. He hurled 7 2/3 innings, surrendered just three hits (two solo home runs) and struck out seven.

Lester has a career 2.54 ERA in the playoffs and has hopes of lowering it on Saturday night.

Anibal Sanchez was roughed up in his first postseason start. Oakland tagged Sanchez for five earned runs on eight hits, including three round trippers. He lasted just 4 1/3 innings before getting the hook.

Don’t be fooled by Anibal’s woeful efforts against Oakland. Sanchez was rock solid all season, as he led the AL with a 2.57 ERA. He went 15-8 and compiled 202 K’s.

Don’t expect Miguel Cabrera’s nagging groin issue to hold him back. Cabrera’s power looks to have returned. He blasted a two-run bomb against Oakland in Game 5. Red Sox pitchers will certainly be paying him extra attention and rightfully so.

Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino will look to stay hot. They torched Tampa Bay pitching in the ALDS, combining to go 15-for-32 at the dish. The duo set the tone all series long and served as offensive catalysts.

Clay Buchholz will toe the rubber in a Game 2 of the series. The feisty Max Scherzer will square off against him. Buchholz boasts a 1.20 ERA in four career starts at Fenway against the Tigers.

The series shifts to Detroit for Game 3 and John Lackey will matchup against Tigers ace, Justin Verlander.

Both of these clubs possess deep offensively inclined lineups and regularly turn in stellar defensive play. The key to winning the American League pennant will come down to which side benefits from better pitching. It’s as simple as that.

Buckle up and enjoy!

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