One of the best things about the Red Sox finishing off the Tampa Bay Rays in 4 games is the fact that the team now gets to sit back and watch the Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers battle it out in a do or die game 5 tonight in Oakland. With their ticket already punched to the ALCS there is 2 questions that remain, who will they be playing and who do they want to actually play?
Lets look at the first question, who the Red Sox will likely play. The Tigers are 2-0 in Game 5 scenarios, while the A’s are 0-5, history says advantage Tigers. Justin Verlander gets the ball for the Tigers while the A’s go for a surprise move and opt not to pitch their “ace” Bartolo Colon and decide instead to pitch Sonny Gray. This will be a rematch of Game 2, a game that Gray barely edged out Verlander and the A’s won on a walk off single. If we are to get a similar game tonight it would be one of the best Game 5’s of all time. Yet looking at previous work it looks li...