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October 11, 2013

Playoff Prospectus

ALCS Preview: Tigers vs. Red Sox

by Daniel Rathman


The Detroit Tigers were founded in 1894. The Boston Red Sox were founded as the Boston Americans in 1901. Those two teams have shared a league for 112 years. Yet they have never, not once, not ever, met in a postseason series. That will change at Fenway Park on Saturday night.

Projected Lineups (AVG/OBP/SLG/TAv)

Tigers
CF-R Austin Jackson (.272/.337/.417/.271)
RF-R Torii Hunter .304/.334/.465/.285)
3B-R Miguel Cabrera (.348/.442/.636/.365)
1B-L Prince Fielder (.279/.362/.457/.290)
DH-S Victor Martinez (.301/.355/.430/.274)
LF-R Jhonny Peralta (.303/.358/.457/.286)
2B-R Omar Infante (.318/.345/.450/.277)
C-L Alex Avila (.227/.317/.376/.246)
SS-R Jose Iglesias (.303/.349/.386/.260)

The Tigers’ lineup projection above is for Game One, in which they are scheduled to face a left-hander, Jon Lester, for the first time this October. Manager Jim Leyland was pleased to see Miguel Cabrera unload on a Sonny Gray fastball in Game Five, both because it was the difference in a 3-0 blanking and because it proved that the league’s best pure hitter is not completely handicapped by his myriad injuries. Cabrera’s power on outer-half offerings and his ability to stay back on curveballs are lingering question marks, but if Lester or his teammates make a mistake, the Tigers’ third baseman can make them pay.

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