By Rob Schardt
After two very exciting series, we are now left with two American League teams. These two teams, I personally thought we would end up with to begin with, but now that it is here, I am pumped. The Red Sox were the best team this year and the Astros were not far behind them. Now, with these teams meeting in a spot to play for the World Series, I expect that this series is going to be something special. As a neutral fan for this series, I would LOVE for this it to go 7 games. The Red Sox have the best offense in the league and the Astros have the best pitching staff, so which will be the first to cave in?
The Red Sox ended the Yankees season in the last series and the team showed off their hitters. I mean did you see some of those games? The Sox scored 16 runs in a PLAYOFF game! When you have MVP candidates Mookie Betts and J.D Martinez in your lineup that is just tough to beat. For Boston to win this series, I believe their offense needs to keep doing what they’ve been doing. I think overall, their pitching is the biggest question mark. Their starting rotation is good, with Sale, Eovaldi and Porcello, but their bullpen makes me wonder. Craig Kimbrel did not have a good series against the Yankees and if he can’t close out games against the Astros, the Red Sox will be sitting on their couches in about a week. If the rest of their bullpen comes to play, I think this gives the Sox a great chance to win, but until that happens I will have doubt.
The Astros, I believe are the team everyone has going to the World Series. Look at their team from top to bottom, they are STACKED in every way possible. Having a red hot Alex Bregman and George Springer in your lineup can only give this dangerous lineup even more fire power. Oh, don’t forget they also have Carlos Correa and 2017 MVP Jose Altuve too. The Astros will score and loves to make teams force plays on them, but I think what sets the Astros apart is the depth of their rotation. With the sudden rebirth of Gerrit Cole, I believe he can be a strong factor in this series. Their rotation is deep and their bullpen will win them games and I believe in the post season, a bullpen is the key to any series.
My Prediction: Astros in 7
As much as I do not want to pick a winner, I do believe that Astros have the slight upper advantage here. This series will bounce back and forth and with former Astros bench manager, Alex Cora, now managing the Red Sox, I believe this could have a heavy impact. I know for a fact is that this series could be historic, but the Astros are the reigning champions for a reason, so until they are knocked off, I will take the Astros
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