Simply put, the Sox have to apply the same approach they used with David Price against Scherzer, Verlander et al.
When the Sox beat up Price for seven runs in Game 2 of the ALDS, they had to become a little more aggressive in their approach at the plate.
Unlike lesser starters, they couldn't exhibit their usual patience and hope to run up Price's pitch count because Price has such command, that he would get ahead of each hitter and dicate each at-bat.
Insead, somewhat counter-intuitively, they concentrated on swinging only at good pitches, regardless of when they came during a given at-bat.
"We swung at strikes,'' recalled catcher David Ross of his team's game plan.
They have to do the same, particularly against Scherzer and Verlander, both of whom exhibit similar command.
Both pitchers have demonstrated the ability to maintain their stuff late into games, well past the 100-pitch count. Verlander has often hit triple digits with his fastball in the eighth and ninth innings.
Waiting them out won't work. Instead, the Red Sox have to pick and choose.