The Tigers get a very small amount of redemption for this past season’s American League Division Series with the win last night in a game that had a playoff atmosphere. Lester tossed five strong innings, allowing one earned run on four hits, three walks, and whiffing seven. Scherzer moved to 6-1 on the season, throwing six shutout-innings and moving his ERA to 1.83.
Detroit scored the only run of the game at rainy Fenway in the top of the first inning on an infield-single by Ian Kinsler to third base. The fans would be treated to scoreless baseball for the rest of the evening, as both pitching staffs were on a roll.
Now the pitching hasn’t been the Red Sox main issue this year, but rather their bats. Sure we have seen Andrew Miller blow two games in three days, but the offense has lacked the consistency that it did last season. I know it is a long shot, but Mookie Betts is hitting as such a ferocious clip in Double-A that if he can learn to play outfield, he may have to find his way into a platoon later on in the season.
For now, there is no reason to think John Farrell will waver or drastically change his lineup. The team found some success against the Minnesota Twins and Oakland Athletics last week, and this lineup should keep it going over the weekend against the Tigers.