Coming home to Fenway Park, after a solid win in Cleveland.
The Red Sox have to be feeling good in this game.
Schilling has experience coming up big in a game 6 after having pitched poorly earlier. He’ll find a way to get things done tonight.
The Red Sox offense should get a boost with Ellsbury hitting 8th, and just from being back home in a familiar and friendly hitter’s park.
Word on the street is that the Sox fans in and around Fenway are already showing a lot more "buzz" and energy than in the first 2 games. Perhaps they were overconfident in the first 2 games, and now they realize they have to respect the Indians. It’s do or die. They’re really into this game, because there is real concern in their minds that the Sox might not win the series. The chance of losing seems more real to them than it did in the first 2 games, so they’re bringing more support, and feeling more real playoff suspense.
The Red Sox win game 6, but it will be an exciting, suspense-filled game.
I’m not as confident about game 7. They’ll probably lose that game.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First things first. Take care of game 6.
If they do get to a game 7, the good news is that all pitchers will be available except Schilling. Wakefield could come in to relieve for a few innings, as could Lester. Beckett could even throw an inning or 2, given that it would be his normal day to "throw on the side".