The Red Sox will be playing in the postseason sometime next week against some worthy American League opponent. While the final participants and pairings are still to be determined as we head into the final weekend of the regular season, we take a look at the teams in the playoff mix, or who are already in, and how the Red Sox fared against them this season. Next
The AL central champs won the season series against the Red Sox, 4 games to 3, but the Red Sox got the better of the Tigers in the last series at Fenway Park, which included two of the most memorable games of the season. On Sept. 3, Tigers ace Max Scherzer was denied win No. 20 when he was outdueled by Sox lefty Jon Lester at Fenway Park in classic 2-1 pitching duel. The following night, the Sox broke out the big lumber to the tune of 20 runs and a franchise-record eight home runs in an epic mauling of the Tigers.
David Ortiz leads the Red Sox with a whopping .357/.419/.821 slash line against Detroit. And shortstop Stephen Drew checks in with robust .333/.462/.619 line. The 20-run game helped to give the Sox a team .902 OPS vs. the Tigers. Jon Lester has two wins against the Tigers, but Jon Lackey has a better ERA (3.14 vs. 4.26) in picking up a loss in his two starts.
Interesting to note that it was Sox hurlers Andrew Bailey, Allen Webster, and Andrew Miller that picked up the three losses in Detroit in June. None of them will be taking the hill for the Sox in October. Next
The Red Sox split the season series with the AL West champs 3-3, with the A’s taking two out of three in Oakland in April, and the Red Sox doing the same at Fenway in July.
A night after getting blown out 13-0 to the A’s in Boston on April 23 when old friend Alfredo Aceves got rocked for 7 earned runs in a 3 1/3 inning start, the Red Sox bounced back and held on for a well-earned 6-5 victory as Koji Uehara earned his 6th hold up the season while setting up then-closer Andrew Bailey’s fifth save of the young season.
Less than two months later in Oakland on June 12, Uehara earned his eighth save of the season, settling into his role as Red Sox closer extrordinaire, and Bailey was the one picking up the hold. Bailey would have season-ending shoulder surgery a month later and Uehara was on his way to putting up staggering save stats for the remainder of the regular season.
Oakland took the last two games at the Coliseum in tight 3-0 and 3-2 games.
Jon Lester was 1-1 in two starts vs. the A’s, giving up six runs in 12 innings of work. On the offensive side, Mike Napoli batted .389 against Oakland with a 1.310 OPS in 18 at-bats. The Sox hit only two home runs in the six head-to-head games.
The Red Sox took 6 of 7 against Terry Francona's Indians this season, taking all three games in Cleveland in April and 3 out of 4 at Fenway in May. In the Tribe's lone win, Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster lasted only 3 innings in a 12-3 shellacking on May 23 at Fenway.
The next night at Fenway, John Lackey was brilliant, pitching 7 innings of 2-hit ball, picking up 8 strikeouts with no earned runs to earn the win. In one of the many memorable comeback wins this season, Mike Carp, Dustin Pedroia, and Daniel Nava spearheaded a four-run, eighth inning rally to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 7-4 Red Sox win.
To close out the season series the next afternoon, the Red Sox rallied again over the Fighting Franconas, plating four runs in the ninth for a 6-5 walkoff win when Jacoby Ellsbury doubled in Johnny Gomes and Stephen Drew.
Against Indians pitching, Mike Carp is 6 for 14 with 5 extra base hits, Daniel Nava went 8 for 23, driving in 7 runs. The Red Sox pitching staff finished with a 3.71 ERA and 1.32 WHIP to go along with the 6-1 record. Next
Tampa Bay Rays
The division rivals faced each other 19 times this season, with the Red Sox winning 12. When we last saw the Rays at Fenway, Tampa Bay lefty ace David Price beat Boston twice in 5 days at the end of July. The season series started with an extra inning win for the Red Sox on April 13 when Shane Victorino's infield single drove in Jacoby Ellsbury in the 10th inning.
The teams took it to 14 innings at the Trop on June 10 when the Red Sox prevailed 10-8 on RBI singles by Daniel Nava and Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the inning.
Back at Fenway on June 18, Jonny Gomes sent the Nation home happy when he crushed a walkoff 2-run shot off Rays reliever Joel Peralta in the ninth inning.
On Sept. 11, the two teams went in to extra frames for the third time. The walkoff came courtesy of Mike Carp, who belted a pinch-hit grand slam for the ages off Rays reliever Roberto Hernandez in the 10th inning in what may have been the most dramatic of all the dramatic wins this season.
The Red Sox batted just .208 as a team against the always-tough Tampa Bay pitching staff. David Ortiz and Mike Napoli had 9 RBIs each against the Rays to lead the team. Clay Buchholz didn't give up a run against the Rays, going 2-0 with 17 strikeouts in 13 innings pitched. Koji Uehara has logged 10 2/3 innings against Tampa Bay without giving up a run. Next
The Rangers have had plenty of success against the Red Sox in recent years, and this season, they took the season series 4-2. The Red Sox lost what would be a season-high 3 games in a row when they were swept by the Rangers in early May in Arlington.
Derek Holland (eight strong innings) and Derek Lowe combined to shut out the Sox in the first game on May 3. John Lackey struggled in the next game and Alexi Ogando shut down the Sox offense. And the Rangers completed the sweep when old friend Adrian Beltre singled in the winning run off former Red Sox righty Clayton Mortensen in a 9th inning walkoff.
When the teams met in Boston on June 4, the Red Sox pounded Texas starter Justin Grimm for 8 runs in 1 2/3 innings en route to a 17-5 slaughter of the Rangers. In the final regular season showdown with the Rangers, David Ortiz was the star when he launched a three-run walkoff homer to give the Sox a come from behind 6-3 victory.
The Red Sox hit 8 homers off the Rangers in the six games. Ellsbury led the team with 8 hits off Rangers pitching while David Ortiz led the team with 8 RBIs. Red Sox pitching put up a 4.70 ERA against Ranger batters.
Jon Lester led the Red Sox with 11 strikeouts in 12 innings against Texas to go along with a 4.50 ERA in two starts. John Lackey had a 3.27 ERA in his two starts. Ryan Dempster was the only Sox starter to pick up a win against the Rangers in 2013. Back to the beginning
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