ALCS Game 6 Preview and Live Thread

Does Boston join St. Louis in the World Series, or will we have a Game 7? [ALCS Game 6 Preview and Live Thread

10/19/13 in MLB   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - ALCS Game 6 Preview and Live ThreadWe have one of the teams that will compete in the 2013 World Series. By the end of tonight, we may have the second. The Red Sox will try to close out the Tigers in Game 6 of the ALCS (8:07, FOX). The Tigers, of course, will try to force a Game 7. To do that, Detroit turns to Max Scherzer, the best pitcher in the AL this season. Scherzer was excellent in Game 2, and it looked like a winning start until the David Ortiz grand slam. The pitching matchup by default seems to favor the Tigers, but we all know how that worked out for the Dodgers last night.

The Red Sox counter with Clay Buchholz, who in Game 2 gave up 5 runs in 5 2/3 innings. He'll need to be better tonight, but has the advantage of going up against a cold Detroit lineup. Miguel Cabrera has finally shown some power this season, but still isn't 100%. It's a bigger problem for Cabrera with base running and defense, but his hitting could also still be affected. Prince Fielder meanwhile remains in a huge slump, one so bad that he was being booed back in Detroit. Heading to Fenway might actually help him in that regard. The rest of the offense hasn't been around much either. The formally fearsome Tigers lineup must wake up tonight or their season is over.

The other concern for the Tigers in the bullpen, which return to the scene of the crime from Game 2. Joaquin Benoit has been shaky this series, in contrast to Boston closer Koji Uehara. Uehara recorded a 5 out save in Game 5, and if the Red Sox get a lead late, he could easily be called to do it again.

Q it up here throughout Game 6. Will we get a Game 7, or will Boston advance to the World Series and a rematch of 2004?
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10/19/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Buchholz worked that 1st inning at a pace that can best be described as glacial.

10/19/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

(Edited by Eric_)

Tonight's lineups.

Detroit:

RF Torii Hunter
3B Miguel Cabrera
1B Prince Fielder
DH Victor Martinez
LF Jhonny Peralta
2B Omar Infante
C Alex Aliva
CF Austin Jackson
SS Jose Iglesias

SP Max Scherzer

Boston:

CF Jacoby Ellsbury
RF Shane Victorino
2B Dustin Pedroia
DH David Ortiz
1B Mike Napoli
C Jarrod Saltamacchia
LF Jonny Gomes
SS Stephen Drew
3B Xander Bogaerts

SP Clay Buchholz