Extra Bases

The power of pitching

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.

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“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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