ALCS Post-Game Notes from Detroit G3 – Red Sox 1 Tigers 0: Griffin
10K-1R CLUB: Justin Verlander on Tuesday joined Cliff Lee as the only MLB pitchers with three consecutive games started in a single post-season with at least 10 strikeouts, while also allowing one or fewer runs. Verlander started Games 1-5 of the ALDS vs. the A's and G3 of the ALCS. Lee did it for the Texas Rangers in 2010, two starts in the ALDS vs. the Rays and one in the ALCS aganst the Yankees.
2-1 ALCS LEAD: Since 1985 when the ALCS expanded to its current best of seven format, 17 of the 22 teams that have taken a 2-1 lead have advanced to the World Series. The other five series since '85 involved teams taking a three games to none series lead. The Blue Jays in 1985 were the first team to blow a 2-1 series lead. They did it against the Royals, who went on to beat the Cardinals in the World Series.
108K FOR JV: In his 93.1 post-season innings, Justin Verlander has now struck out 108 batters. Jarrod Saltalamacchia became his 100th playoff K in the second inning of Game 3. It was Verlander's sixth career playoff game of 10-plus Ks, setting a record, breaking a tie with Randy Johnson, Cliff Lee and Bob Gibson. Gibson's were all in the World Series.
4 SOX LEADS 2 WINS: The Red Sox in the 27 innings of the ALCS against the Tigers have led after only four completed innings. Their first lead of the series came on Saltalamacchia's walkoff hit in Game 2 then they next led for the final three innings after Mike Napoli's seventh inning homer in Game 3.
34 ShO INNINGS: Prior to the Mike Napoli homer in the seventh inning, Justin Verlander had not allowed a run of any kind since September 18 against the Mariners, a total of 34 shutout innings, that included the final frame vs. the M's, two six inning shutout starts in the regular season, followed by the two starts against the A's and the first six innings on Tuesday. The streak was a personal high.
1-FOR-46 IN FIRST 5: Base hits have been tough to come by for the Red Sox in this series, especially in the first five innings. Over the first five innings of the first three games of the ALCS, the Red Sox are a combined 1-for-46 -- vs. Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander -- with the only hit being an infield grounder by Jonny Gomes in the fifth inning on Tuesday.