Buehrle and Kazmir are both lefties, which means the Game 2 lineups in this matchup will have a different look. For the White Sox, that means putting lefty-hitting
Overall, the White Sox have been a smidge better against lefties than righties this year, though that advantage had nothing to do with right-handed slugger
The Rays have had a slightly weaker offensive attack against lefties this year. Surprisingly, that doesn't appear to have been fixed by the late-season additions of platoon outfielders
Lefty-hitting first baseman
As for Buehrle himself, he finished the season on a hot streak, going 4-1 with a 2.29 ERA and only three home runs allowed in his last six starts. Kazmir, meanwhile, was generally inconsistent and mediocre over his last 18 starts dating back to late June, going just 6-6 with a 4.50 ERA and 4.69 walks per nine innings over that stretch.
In the six LDS games played thus far, the team that has issued the most walks has lost. That's bad news for the Rays, and bad news for the Red Sox, as
That was the case in last year's ALDS Game 2, when Matsuzaka burned through 96 pitches in 4 2/3 innings against the Angels, allowing ten baserunners, but just three runs, which the Sox's relief quartet of
The 25-year-old Santana's career can be mapped out via his curious home/road splits. In his breakout 2006 season, Santana's ERA on the road was nearly double his home mark. Last year, in a season that saw him demoted in July due to poor performance, his road ERA was more than twice his home mark. This year, Santana's road ERA has been a run