The MLB playoffs 2013 live stream and TV games might conclude on Saturday night as Game 6 of the ALCS takes place on FOX. The Boston Red Sox are currently in control of the series with a 3-2 advantage over the Detroit Tigers and will attempt to close things out at Fenaway Park. Detroit will look to stave off elimination and force a decisive Game 7. The latest MLB playoffs action comes on TV via Fox and live streaming for international fans on MLB's subscription service.
According to a Boston.com report from Oct. 19, tonight's starters will be Clay Bucholz for the Red Sox and Max Scherzer for the Detroit Tigers. It will be Boston's third time facing Scherzer in the past seven weeks, and second time of the ALCS. With that in mind, Scherzer realizes the Red Sox hitters are becoming more familiar with his pitching, so he may need to change things up a bit. Scherzer told the media:
"They're familiar with what I did. Obviously they're going to be looking through the film and watching what I did, the sequences, patterns, when I threw off‑speed pitches, when I didn't. Obviously I've got to be ahead of the curve. Obviously I don't know exactly what I'm going to do. But there will be things I do differently."
Scherzer looked to be having a brilliant game en route to a win in Game 2 of the series, holding Boston to just two hits and one run over seven innings, which saw him strike out 13. However, after Scherzer came out of the game is when the Red Sox erupted, including the David Ortiz grand slam they helped them tie the game up. In the ninth inning, Johnny Gomes had the winning run, ending the game 6-5 in Boston's favor. Up until then, Scherzer had pitched a no hitter for some almost flawless baseball from the Tigers, but can he produce the same sort of results in Game 6?
While the top choice for AL Cy Young winner this season could be a determining factor for the Tigers keeping their postseason alive, the Red Sox will be looking towards a few other factors. One is Shane Victorino who has yet to come up big in this series yet. There had been talk he might get taken out of the No.2 spot in Boston's lineup, but as of this report it doesn't seem to have happened - yet. Victorino has gone 2-for-21 in the series, so a contribution tonight to boost his team would likely keep him playing in a Game 7, if necessary.
How well Scherzer pitches is one factor in the Tigers' possible favor. The other question mark tonight will be whether or not Detroit's Alex Avila plays. Avila collided with David Ross at home plate in the previous game, which caused a twisted knee, and there was the possibility he might not be available to play tonight. Detroit manager Jim Leyland said when asked if Victor Martinez might fill a possible spot left open by an injured Avila:
"That has been thought about, yes. But I don't want to ‑‑ particularly this time of year with the significance of everything and then so much media, once you mention something like that, it's all over the wires that Martinez might catch. That's not true. I hope nobody starts writing that, because it's not true. But it would be an option, let me put it that way. It would be an option."
While the results of the game are yet to be decided, two things are known. One, if the Red Sox win tonight they move on to the World Series for a rematch of their 2004 series against the St. Louis Cardinals. If the Tigers win tonight, there's a deciding Game 7 to be played at Fenway Park, which could make for a huge event in sports. Tonight is a must-win situation for the Tigers, yet the Red Sox seem hungry to return to the World Series. It will be a matter of who pitches best and which hitters come up clutch to help their team continue on.
Tonight's Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox 2013 ALCS Game 6 has a TV start time scheduled for 8 p.m. EST. FOX will handle the exclusive television coverage for cable or satellite TV viewers tonight. International fans can watch tonight's ALCS game live streaming online using the MLB Postseason TV service. Unfortunately, U.S. and Canadian fans will only be able to watch the game on TV. See more details here about MLB's subscription service and how to watch online.