The Red Sox’s seven-game win streak seems like ages ago, as their current slide has reached four games. They now have two 4+ losing streaks this season after never losing more than three in a row in 2013.
Jon Lester was on the mound the last time the Red Sox won a game, and the Boston lefthander will try to do it again. Lester went seven innings on June 1 against the Rays, allowing no runs on four hits with one walk and 12 strikeouts. This will be Lester’s 13th start of the season; he’s 6-6 with a 3.15 ERA in his previous 12.
In his last start against the Tigers, Lester pitched five innings and allowed one run on four hits with three walks and seven strikeouts at a rain-soaked Fenway Park on May 16. Lester has started eight games against the Tigers in his career, going 2-3 with a 4.35 ERA.
In order to win on Saturday, Lester will have to reverse some history, as current Detroit hitters have hit very well against him in their careers. Miguel Cabrera has an average of .480 in 25 career at bats against Lester, while Torii Hunter (15-for-38), Victor Martinez (8-for-22), and Austin Jackson (7-for-22) all have career averages over .300. Rajai Davis isn’t far behind, hitting .289 in 38 career at bats against Lester.
Going for the Tigers is reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, who is 6-2 this season in 12 starts for Detroit. He was shaky in his last outing, allowing four runs on nine hits in a 4-0 loss to the Mariners on June 1.
Scherzer won the last game he pitched against the Red Sox, facing Lester on the aforementioned May 16 washout. He threw six shutout innings and gave up three hits and four walks while striking out seven.
Unlike the Tigers against Lester, the Red Sox haven’t had much success against Scherzer, with David Ortiz far and away the best hitter, batting .381 with three homers in 21 at bats. Dustin Pedroia is 6-for-24 against Scherzer in his career, while Stephen Drew is just 2-for-16; Daniel Nava is 1-for-9; and Grady Sizemore is 1-for-13.