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The power of pitching

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  October 16, 2013 12:42 PM

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DETROIT The Red Sox are 12 of 90 (.133) in the ALCS with seven runs, four extra-base hits and 43 strikeouts in three games. That's right, 43 strikeouts in 90 at-bats.

Yet they lead the series 2-1.

The Cardinals are hitting .148 in the NLCS with a .465 OPS. They lead the Dodgers 3-1 in that series.

Red Sox pitchers have a 2.00 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in the ALCS. The relievers have not allowed a run over 8.1 innings. Take away Clay Buchholz's rough sixth inning in Game 2 and the Red Sox have allowed two runs.

A team that won with relentless offense and solid pitching all season is now winning with no offense and relentless pitching.

"It doesn't matter how you win as long as you win," Dustin Pedroia said Tuesday.

Especially in October. Game 4 is at 8:07 p.m. tonight. Check back later for the lineups and preview.

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