Indeed it was a pitcher’s duel between Anibal Sanchez and Jon Lester during the ALCS Game 1 last night between the Red Sox and Tigers. Lester pitched well, but could not get umpire Joe West on his side. Sanchez pitched well, too and got all the breaks from the home plate umpire. Pitches that were strikes with Sanchez were balls with Lester. The zone needs to remain consistent for both pitchers. You could see on many a players face the disappointment in calls. To add insult to injury, this is the weakest of the Tiger’s pitching rotation.
In my last blog I wrote about the importance of offense. Well, during Game 1 Red Sox bats were silent. The game featured 17 strikeouts by Detroit pitchers. The first Red Sox hit occurred in the 9th inning. How is this happening when Boston had the best record in the league during the regular season? What happened to the small ball? Apparently we only get on base when we walk or get hit by pitches. Wonderful! Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, and David Ortiz did nothing. Strange.
I believe the three days off hurt us offensively. Detroit played on Thursday and only had one day off. Again, I come back to momentum, and overcoming inertia as the X factor in all things sports. On the bright side, in previous ALCS series’, the Sox took it to 7 games. I hope this is the case and my optimism is not misplaced.
Today is a new day. Let us hope that Red Sox bats do not subscribe to the belief that on the seventh day they rest (again). Let’s get fired up, hit some balls, steal some bases, and break the silence at Fenway Park.