The 2013 American League Championship Series continues tonight from Comerica Park in Detroit as the Tigers and Red Sox get ready to battle in Game 5 of the best-of-seven series. According to a Sportsline report on Oct 17, the Tigers hammered the Red Sox in Game 4 last night by the final score of 7-3, thus evening the series at two games each.
Detroit manager Jim Leyland shuffled the batting order in Game 4 to try to spark the slumping Tigers lineup – and it seems to have worked.
Tigers lead-off hitter Austin Jackson was dropped down to the 8 spot in the line-up and it seemed to light a fire under him. The slumping Jackson had his best game of the post-season finishing 2-2 with a walk, scoring a run and driving in two in the win for Detroit.
"I think it just helped me relax," Jackson said. "That was the goal. To get me to relax a little, be patient get a good pitch and let the rest take care of itself."
If history has any influence on tonight’s outcome, the winner of Game 5 will eventually advance to the 2013 World Series. Although nothing is a sure thing, when a best-of-seven series is tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 advances on to win the series almost 77% of the time.
Game 5 of the 2013 ALCS is scheduled to begin at 8:07 p.m. EST.
Here is a look at the Game 5 facts:
- Who: Red Sox at Tigers
- What: Game 5 2013 ALCS
- Where: Comerica Park, Detroit
- When: Today, Oct. 17, 8:00 p.m. EST
- Vegas line: EVEN (-105) Over/Under 7
- TV: FOX National