Justin_Verlander_AP110816025933_620x350Tonight, Justin Verlander takes the mound against the Boston Red Sox’s Jon Lackey. Lackey has posted very similar regular season numbers to Verlander, but I’m not worried. Verlander has turned it on this past month.

Jon Lackey has allowed only 4 runs on 7 hits this post season. If we compare that with JV’s 6 hits allowed with no runs, its possible to blame the Sox defense to allowing those runs. However, when you consider Lackey allowed 7 hits over 5 and 1/3 innings and Verlander’s has pitched 15 innings, we start to see how JV takes command of the games he pitches.

The Tiger bats are waking up and ready to pounce as the series comes back to Detroit for game 3.