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