BOSTON – 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 A.L. championship series against the Detroit Tigers. “I expect it’s going to be another one of those tough games.”
A victory today would eliminate defending A.L. champion Detroit and send Boston to its third World Series since 2004.
Scherzer will face Boston’s Clay Buchholz, a repeat of the Game 2 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 A.L. 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 Tigers, down 3-2 in the best-of-seven series, did not work out Friday, opting to rest hobbled starters like Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila.