Down 3-2 in the American League Championship Series the Detroit Tigers can do only one thing now and that's win. The question is will they?
I say yes.
Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander: If they pitch anywhere close to their last outings they give the Tigers a wonderful chance to win. The don't need to be perfect, but if they can keep Boston to one or two runs through six or seven, I'll take it.
Early scoring for the Tigers: I like the lineup change Leyland made for game 4 and 5. They had their chances to do more damage in game 5, sheer numbers says they'll come through given the same chances. Two Cabrera bats stand out in the series overall with men at first and third: The strike out with one out and the double play with no outs. Give him two more chances like that I am not betting against him, injury or no injury.
If Fielder can just extend his at bats, (10 pitches in game 5, 9 pitches in game 4), it could lead to getting Boston's starters out an inning earlier. This provides the best chance of hitting Koji Uehara if you put him in a position him pitch more than three outs, especially if his team is behind a run or two.
I think Martinez and Peralta are going catch fire in Fenway. Look for them to strike with doubles and maybe go yard.
Pressure: The Tigers have been there three years in a row. They know what it feels like to lose and win. Closing out a team is not easy and this places more pressure on the Red Sox and their starting pitching staff. Add this: The only good hitting memory for game 1 and 2 in Fenway is David Ortiz's grand slam. Otherwise -- SHUT DOWN. The pressure is on.
Gut feeling: This is Leyland's last run at a title. Miggy will feel it. Prince's seemingly laissez faire attitude may serve him well if stays calm enough to not just swing at the first pitch; he will hit. Austin Jackson is rejuvenated. Martinez is ready for hero status and will come through in the clutch. Max weathers and early storm and settles into 7 beautiful innings and an early lead is enough to see the game through. Justin goes 8 and Benoit gives us all anxiety as he SOMEHOW closes out the series win.
That's what I think, what about you? Add your thoughts below , tell us what's going to happen.
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