Red Sox Report: World Series Preview
As of right now, my “Sox in 6” prediction is looking pretty good. There is no doubt in my mind we can beat Max Scherzer. Sure, we didn’t hit him great earlier this series when we got 2 hits and 1 run off of him over the span of 7 innings. But just remember, we did give him one of his 3 losses this season. Not to mention we did win Game 2, the game he started, but you can’t fault him for that, that’s on Jim Leyland and Joaquin Benoit. Even if it goes to a Game 7 and I am wrong, I still believe we can beat Justin Verlander. We already did once, and John Lackey would be pitching at home, where he had one of the lowest home ERA’s among AL pitchers. Quite simply, I am not that worried about Detroit. I’ll let the players worry about them, and I will look ahead to facing the Cardinals in the World Series.
I think the Red Sox will have a very competitive series with the Cardinals. I don’t think it will be a sweep like ’04. They have similar pitching staffs, and both have solid lineups. Let’s take a more in-depth look.
Game 1 will probably match Jon Lester vs Adam Wainwright. Both team sends their ace to the hill game 1. That is sure to be a great pitching duel. If I were John Farrell, seeing that I have homefield advantage, I would throw John Lackey in Game 2. With him being a better home pitcher than an away pitcher, I would set myself up to be able to get two games out of him at home. He’ll probably be matched up against Joe Kelly or Lance Lynn, with the earlier the more likely. In Game 3, Clay Buchholz face off with Michael Wacha, then in Game 4 you would have Jake Peavy against Lance Lynn.
Offensively, I wouldn’t change his gameplan. I would, however, get Xander Bogaerts in over Stephen Drew periodically. In the ALCS, Drew can’t hit the broad side of a barn. You’re matching up against a team that doesn’t have any superstars like the Tigers do in Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, but they have a solid 1-9. Yadier Molina is there best player, so you need to beware of him, along with David Freese, who is a playoff performer.
Farrell is going to have to make a tough decision during games at Busch Stadium. Who do you start at First Base without a DH? Right now, I would go with David Ortiz. Although Mike Napoli has a higher batting average, Ortiz is more of a run producer. Either way Farrell is going to have to find a way to get both bats in the lineup, as those are two of your best hitters.
Sox in 6 over the Cardinals. Been saying it all season, not going to change my mind now.
If by some chance they lose to the Tigers, I apologize for wasting your time while you read this.