Things did not go so well for Sanchez his last time out. In Game 3 of the ALDS, Sanchez allowed not one, not two but three home runs. That was uncanny for a guy who allowed a league-low 0.4 home runs per nine innings during the regular season. In fact, to find the last game Sanchez gave up multiple homers in a game you'd have had to go back to 2012. More than likely it was a blip for Sanchez, who finished the regular season atop the AL in ERA with 2.57. Sanchez also had a 1.77 ERA in 20 innings during the 2012 postseason, which also helped convince the Tigers to sign him to a longer deal in the offseason.
Lester had a 3.75 ERA for the Red Sox in 33 starts. He struck out about 19 percent of batters faced and walked 7 percent. In his only ALDS start this season he allowed two runs on three hits in 7⅔ innings.
The series opens at 8:07 p.m. Saturday. Here's the complete schedule.