Found October 19, 2013 on Boston Sports Then & Now:
Tonight’s pitching match-up will feature each teams best pitcher from the regular season. At this time last year Ben Cherington was working on assembling this Red Sox team.  I doubted some moves at first but came around once spring training started and just felt a new culture with this team. Now the Red Sox are one win away from the World Series and a date with the Cardinals once again. Game 5 was a nail bitter until the end and I expect the same tonight.  With the Cardinals winning last night the game is set for 8:07. So Sox fans should be ready to be up all night for their team.  Clay Buccholz will take the mound opposite Max Scherzer in a pitching rematch from Game 2.  In Game 2 Scherzer dominated the Red Sox and the bullpen gave the game away. Buchholz left the game with five runs allowed and the bullpen stopped the bleeding so the offense could make a comeback thanks to a David Ortiz grand slam.  Buchholz has not been all that sharp since his return from the disabled list but I feel something has to turn for him tonight.  Scherzer is the expected American League Cy Young Award winner and will certainly be on his game tonight. Xander Bogaerts will be back at third base tonight for the Sox with Stephen Drew staying as the shortstop. Drew has struggled all postseason but his defense has kept him in the lineup and John Farrell has faith in him.  One has to wonder if David Ross will catch at some point tonight as the pitchers seem to have a comfort zone with him being a veteran.  Bogaerts and Ross also provided offense down the bottom of the order in Game 5 which had been lacking with Middlebrooks and Drew at the bottom. Bogaerts was thrown “into the fire” in Game 5 and did not disappoint. Much has been talked about Miguel Cabrera playing through injury but not much has been said about Dustin Pedroia and Shane Victorino playing through injuries basically all season. Pedroia injured his thumb on opening day and Victorino had given up switch hitting then brought it back and gave up again because of his hamstring.  One has to wonder which side of the plate he will hit on tonight but he has not looked good from either side in this series.  Cabrera is the best player on the planet right now and still dominant with injury after we saw the blast he hit in Game 2 off Buchholz. Here are my three keys to each team winning tonight: The Red Sox will win if: Shane Victorino can come around with the bat and lay down a key bunt Clay Buchholz finds himself and pitches seven solid innings Junichi Tazawa can get out Miguel Cabrera one more time The Tigers will win if: Max Scherzer can go eight innings not yielding to the bullpen Prince Fielder can come around and provide a key hit Jhonny Peralta continues to solve the Red Sox pitching staff Overall I expect a better performance from Buchholz and believe the team that can chase the starter from the game first will win the game.  The Red Sox need Buchholz to work his magic so Farrell can use Breslow and Tazawa for matchups and not need them to get too many outs.  Uehara has been successful getting more than 3 outs and don’t be surprised if it happens again tonight. Max Scherzer will definitely be ready for the start but if Alex Avila does not play that may effect the flow of the game with Brayan Pena behind the plate. Prediction: The game will be close throughout, but somehow the Red Sox offense in Fenway will be able to come out with a low scoring win and reach the World Series for the first time since 2007.   The post ALCS Game 6 Preview: Red Sox One Win Away From World Series appeared first on Boston Sports Then & Now.
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