ALCS Game 5 Open Thread: Batoidea vs Boston, 5:07 pm PT
by Bob Timmermann
Tampa Bay needs to "scrape" out another win today like its last two wins at Fenway Park (9-1 an 13-4) to move on to its first ever World Series. If the Red Sox win, it's back to Tropicana Field on Saturday night.
But if Tampa Day does win today, there won't be another baseball game until the World Series starts on Wednesday. Cole Hamels says hello.
Daisuke Matsuzaka is entrusted with the job of keeping the Red Sox season alive. Matsuzaka bobbed and weaved and stumbled for seven of the most surprising shutout innings ever thrown in the postseason back in Game 1.
Scott Kazmir, who lasted just 4 1/3 innings in Game 2 and gave up five runs, including three home runs, is the starter for Tampa Bay.
Both pitchers throw lots and lots and lots of pitches. So I again suggest stocking up provisions to eat for this one. And if this game is like Game 2, I would suggest that our East Coast and Midwestern viewers double check supplies of coffee, tea, and amphetamines.