There’s no doubt about it. It was a tough loss Saturday for the Red Sox in ALCS Game 1. To be shut out, almost no-hit, at home, in the postseason is a rough way to start a bid for a world championship. But this isn’t a best-of-3 or a best-of-5. It’s a best of 7 games and, while the Tigers are an unquestionably formidable competitor, there’s time to make up for one bad game. And, in fact, the Red Sox are 9-4-1 at Fenway for all-time in the 2nd game of a postseason set, winning 4 of their last 5 postseason Game 2’s when they’re at home, starting with the 2004 World Series.
Here’s how our team and the Tigers batters have fared against tonight’s starters. First, Red Sox batters’ career performance vs Max Scherzer, followed by the same for Tigers batters vs Clay Buchholz. Both are sorted by batting average: