It is a major Game 3 for the Boston Red Sox. After getting beaten 6-0 at the hands of the Indians in Game 2, the Red Sox are now on the brink of elimination and are putting all their faith into a pitcher who has his ups and downs.
Before I get into Game 3, I just want to take a look at Game 2. The Boston offense did not show up, and David Price got to light up. That sums it up pretty well. The excuse coming out of Game 1 was that the Indians just did a bit better and that is true. However, that was not the case in Game 2 as the Red Sox just didn’t show up. I also don’t suspect that the Red Sox will turn it around and make this series.
Unfortunately, I have a good feeling that the Red Sox are roasted, toasted, and are done. It is very tough to come back in a series after losing the first two in the opponent’s ballpark.
As far as Game 3 goes, the Red Sox are giving the ball to Clay Buchholz. He didn’t have a terrific 2016 as he would go 8-10 with an ERA close to 5. On the other side, the Indians are sending Josh Tomlin to the mound. He had a decent 2016 as he went 13-9 with an ERA of 4.40. It should be noted that he had an under 2 ERA in the final weeks of the season. An advantage that goes in the Indians favor is they have a well-rested bullpen. So even if Tomlin has problems, Terry Francona can turn to his bullpen.
However, I figure John Ferrall to have a short leash on Clay, and the first moment where he starts to crack under pressure, he will get pulled. Below you can find the information on where you can watch and listen as the Indians look to close out the Red Sox and move on to the American League Champion Series and await the winner of the Blue Jays/Rangers series.
Date: Sunday, October 9, 2016
Time: 4:00 pm est