John Farrell told reporters in Detroit before the game, “We know we’re getting premium stuff thrown at us (from Verlander), and the consistency to the execution will be the key again today.”
The Red Sox staff ace had few concerns about the Game 3 starter heading into last night.
“Whether it’s April 5 or Oct. 5, you’re going to get the same John Lackey and get the same intensity and same mindset,” Jon Lester recently told The Eagle-Tribune, adding he was excited to see what Lackey could do this postseason because of his previous playoff resume. “I’m just glad that he signed over here to have another opportunity to win another World Series.”
Detroit’s starting pitching is tremendous. The Sox only had one hit in Game 1 when Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez threw 6.0 hitless frames. Max Scherzer then dazzled Boston hitters in Game 2, keeping them hitless until the bottom of the sixth.
Verlander was just as good, holding Boston hitless until the top of the fifth yesterday when Jonny Gomes reached on an infield single.
All that said, the Red Sox pitching — bullpen included — deserves a ton of praise. Red Sox pitchers have been nearly as good as Detroit.
Game 4 is tonight, against the Tigers at Detroit’s Comerica Park.