ALDS Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Boston Red Sox
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Boston Red Sox
The World Champs traded away Manny Ramirez, don’t have Curt Schilling this year nor the luster of even winning the AL East. Boston does still have Beckett, Ortiz, Pedroia and added Jason Bay and are a tough matchup for anyone in this postseason. With the Angels rotation of Lackey, Santana, Saunders and Weaver, among others, it would seem they have the pitching edge on paper but the BoSox have Dice-K (18-2) and Lester (16-2) and will be a tough out for whomever they face.
This series could actually be the World Series, and the Angels additions of Hunter and Teixiera gives them a better team than last year’s model. As far as picking I side here, I just can’t do it. I think LA makes it to the October Classic but from a betting perspective, good luck. PASS.
Chicago White Sox-Minnesota Twins winner vs. Tampa Rays
Whoever advances from the AL Central, Chicago or Minny, will have its work cut out for them as Tampa is no fluke. The Rays dropped the Devil from their name and have had a season for the ages – now if they could only get some fans in the Sunshine State. Although Carl Crawford will reportedly miss this series, Tampa does have enough young talent to get the job done and has proven lately it can win on the road if it has to.
Should Minnesota move on, remember that Liriano, their ace, is not the same, leaving them with a pitching deficit compared to the Rays (Kazmir-Jackson-Sonnastine-Garza). If Chicago can beat the Tigers this morning in a make-up game and then beat the Twins in a one-game playoff – hosted by Chicago – which will leave either team a tad bit drained. And although the Rays have had a dream season, it will be hard for them to get by the winner of the Angels-Red Sox series. RAYS.