Dice-K Can Keep the Red Sox Alive in ALCS Game Five

Scott StantonCorrespondent IOctober 14, 2008

Down three games to one in the 2007 ALCS, the Red Sox were on the verge of being eliminated by the Cleveland Indians. But then Josh Beckett came through with a clutch performance in Game Five, shutting down the Cleveland offense with 11 K's over eight frames.

Boston followed with equally dominant performances from Schilling in Game Six, and Daisuke in Game Seven, allowing them their second trip to the Fall Classic in four years. After a four-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies, the Red Sox earned their second World Championship victory in four years.

After another crushing defeat in Game Four from the Tampa Bay Rays, a team whose odds of winning the 2008 World Series were 50,000-1 at the start of the season, the Boston Red Sox find themselves in a very familiar situation.

But the big question is, can they repeat the unthinkable again this year?

The Tampa Bay Rays are scorching hot right now and seemingly unstoppable. But Boston will have Daisuke Matsuzaka playing the role of 2007 Josh Beckett on the mound in Game Five.

Daisuke gave one of his best performance's of the year in Game One, and the Red Sox are going to need him to repeat that performance in Game Five. Matsuzaka lead the Sox to a shutout by going seven innings with nine strikeouts and only four hits. If Dice-K is able to earn Boston their second win of the series, it will give the Sox momentum as they head back to the Trop, where Red Sox Nation hopes to see Josh Beckett return to his 2007 form.

The odds may be stacked against them right now, but they certainly are not 50,000-1, and keep in mind, "Anything's possible!"