Game 6 is here and so is Ellsbury
Jacoby Ellsbury is in the lineup. He is batting eighth and playing center field. No more Coco, at least not tonight.
Frankly, it was getting a little painful watching Coco try and hit. He looked as lost as I have ever seen a hitter look in October. He wasn’t even making solid contact.
I think Ellsbury is the type of player who can really energize a team. Eric Wedge countered with a move of his own, putting Trot Nixon in the lineup in place of the struggling Franklin Gutierrez.
It could not be a nicer night for baseball. Bill Mueller will throw out the first pitch, marking his return to Fenway for the first time since his departure from the team following the ’05 season.
If you’re looking for more good karma besides Bill Mueller, today happens to be the four-year anniversary of Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS.
But karma won’t play as big a role as pitching. Fausto Carmona threw an absolute gem against the Yankees in Game 2 of the DS in Cleveland. Can the kid do it in this environment? Does Schilling have one more epic October performance left in him?
Here are the lineups: