Tickets for game six of the World Series at Fenway Park in Boston are starting at over $1,800 dollars on the secondary market. Outside of a Super Bowl the cost of a ticket for this game rivals anything else in the history of sports in the country.
With a, 3-2, lead in the World Series the Boston Red Sox can clinch tonight at home if they can defeat the St. Louis Cardinals. The last time the Red Sox clinched a World Series at home Babe Ruth was on the team and the year was 1918. That was during World War I for non-history buffs.
John Lackey, who has been excellent at home this season with a 2.47 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP, will start for the Red Sox. His return to the Red Sox pitching staff from Tommy John surgery in 2011, which cost him all of the 2012 season, has been a tremendous boost.
He will be opposed by Cardinals rookie pitcher Michael Wacha, who has posted an ERA of 1.00, while opponents have a batting average of .122. Wacha has been so impressive and not just for a rookie as his numbers hold up against anybody’s.
Scoring runs will be at a premium again with these two excellent pitching staffs. With the shift back to an American League park for games six and seven, if necessary, teams will be able to use a designated hitter.
That means David Ortiz will return to his familiar role for the Red Sox as their designated hitter. Mike Napoli, who has had to come off the bench for the games in St. Louis, will return to the field at first base.
It will be interesting to see who is the Cardinals designated hitter for game six. Allen Craig played at first base in game five. It was his first start there since injuring his foot in early September. Matt Adams played there in his absence.
After missing the last two games the Red Sox will get a big lift to their lineup for game six with the return of Shane Victorino in right field. He will hit sixth in their lineup and provide Gold Glove caliber defense in right field for the Red Sox. On Monday, Victorino was named a Glod Glove winner in the American League for the 2013 season.
The Cardinals sat on the tarmac in St. Louis for six hours yesterday due to mechanical problems to their charter plane. They didn’t get into Boston until after 10pm EDT last night.
They have their work cut out for them being down, 3-2, to the Red Sox and having to play games six and seven, if necessary, at Fenway Park. The last time a team won games six and seven on the road in the World Series were the “We Are Family” 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates against the Baltimore Orioles.
Game six of the World Series can been seen on FOX at 8pm EDT Wednesday night.
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