BOSTON (AP) — One victory to reach the World Series.
And all that’s in Boston’s way is 21-game winner Max Scherzer, with Justin Verlander on deck for a seventh game — if it gets that far.
“We all know what we are up against,” Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said on Friday after an offday workout to prepare for Game 6 of the AL championship series against the Detroit Tigers. “I expect it’s going to be another one of those tough games.”
A victory in Game 6 today would eliminate the defending AL champions and send the Red Sox to their third World Series since 2004. Scherzer will face Boston’s Clay Buchholz, a repeat of the Game 2 matchup that the Red Sox won 6-5.
Scherzer took a no-hitter and a 5-0 lead into the sixth inning, but the Red Sox rallied against the Tigers bullpen and tied it on David Ortiz’s eighth-inning grand slam. Now at least the Boston batters can say they’ve seen the likely AL Cy Young winner recently.
But Scherzer has a little more experience against them, too.
“I don’t see him making too many adjustments,” Saltalamacchia said. “There’s not many adjustments he needs to make.”
The Red Sox wrapped up a 4-3 victory over Detroit in Game 5 on Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. They arrived home early on Friday morning and worked out at Fenway Park in the afternoon.
The Tigers did not work out, instead opting to rest hobbled starters like Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila, who joined the injured after a home-plate collision with Boston’s David Ross in the second inning of Game 5.
Detroit’s starting rotation was its biggest advantage heading into the series, and it has lived up to the hype. Anibal Sanchez, Scherzer and Verlander all took no-hitters into the fifth inning in the first three games, though the Tigers won only one of them.