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ALCS Game 6 preview: Scherzer vs. Holland

ALCS: Texas leads Detroit, 3-2

Probable pitchers:

RHP Max Scherzer (4.40 ERA, 3.70 xFIP, 8.03 K/9, 2.58 BB/9 )
Hitter to Fear: Ian Kinsler (.308 BA, .862 OPS vs. Scherzer), Nelson Cruz (general principle)
Hitter to Fail: Elvis Andrus (.133 BA, .369 OPS)


LHP Derek Holland (3.95 ERA, 3.76 xFIP, 7.36 K/99, 3.05 BB/9)
Hitter to Fear: Miguel Cabrera (small sample)
Hitter to Fail: Alex Avila (small sample)

Keys to note:

1. Derek Holland worked high in the strike zone against Detroit (per Fangraphs story). It probably wasn't by choice. He allowed four walks, four hits and three runs in 2 2/3 innings. However, Detroit failed to capitalize for even more runs and couldn't do anything against the bullpen. Will Holland improve? Can the Tigers make him pay if he doesn't?

2. The Tigers need to play mistake-free defense. They may not be known for being a defensive gem, but they've made some mistakes we're not accustomed to. Can't give Texas any second chances or allow the crowd to get too into the game.

3. Score first. Preferably in the first inning.

On deck: Hopefully Game 7 on Sunday.