Postseason Predictions: ALCS Game 6
Skies should be clear, but experts split on Game 6 forecasts
There's already one positive prediction for Sunday night's Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. Weather.com says it should be clear and 53 degrees. That's much better than Saturday, when the scheduled game was postponed.
But when it comes to the game itself, opinions are more divergent.
The Angels completed one step of a difficult task -- coming back from a 3-1 series deficit -- by winning Game 5 Thursday night. And they enter Game 6 with confidence in their starting pitcher, left-hander Joe Saunders.
While Yankees megastars Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez excelled against Saunders during the regular season, going a combined 9-for-14, including two A-Rod homers, the duo managed just one hit over six combined at-bats in Game 2.
Granted, that hit was a Jeter homer, but Saunders gave up only two runs with one walk and five Ks over seven frames overall to keep the Halos close in an eventual 4-3, 13-inning loss.
Despite Saunders' Game 2 success, the Yankees are confident they can break through against the Halos southpaw in Game 6.
Though Andy Pettitte went 0-2 with a 7.88 ERA in three regular-season outings against the Angels, the Yanks' Game 6 starter settled down nicely in Game 3 of the series.
In 6 1/3 innings, Pettitte gave up three runs on seven hits. Two of those hits were homers -- a Howard Kendrick solo shot in the fifth and a Vladimir Guerrero two-run blast in the eighth -- but the crafty veteran avoided the big inning.
Like Saunders, Pettitte must keep an eye on a couple of key hitters, as Erick Aybar and Bobby Abreu combined to go 9-for-18 against him during the regular season. While the pair went 2-for-4 against him in Game 3, the damage was minimal, as both hits were singles.
The following chart shows how the experts at MLB.com and MLB Network see Game 6 of the ALCS unfolding.
ALCS Game 6 Predictions
|MLBN||LAA||7||13||1||Yanks advance to World Series on Damon's walk-off shot.|
|MLBN||LAA||3||10||0||Big Tex's big night powers Yanks into Fall Classic.|
|MLB.com||LAA||4||8||1||Jeter delivers game-winning RBI single off Fuentes.|
|MLBN||LAA||7||14||0||Halos push series to limit behind Figgins' four hits.|
|MLB.com||LAA||5||9||1||Surging Halos force Game 7.|
|MLBN||LAA||3||9||0||Red-hot A-Rod leads Bombers to World Series.|
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.