Archive for October 2008

In a matchup of two good pitching staffs, the Red Sox have the better offense.

Jon Lester and a couple big outs on the basepaths helped the Red Sox win their fourth consecutive postseason series against the Angels.

The Red Sox have won nine consecutive postseason games over the Angels, but that’s not why the Red Sox will be making another trip to the ALCS.

After a quiet offseason, the Red Sox made a huge splash at the deadline. Will they be able to defend their World Series title?

Can the Red Sox repeat as World Series champions and win their third title in five seasons?

We said, because Boston was better

Boston’s advantage in the World Series is simple. The AL was a better league than the NL in 2007, and the Red Sox were more talented compared to their league than the Rockies were.

Boston’s ALCS victory came down to the three Ps: pitching, power and patience.

The advantages the Indians had over the Yankees are all gone. It’s not always a big margin, but the Red Sox have better hitting, better pitching and better fielding. The series may end up coming down to … Joe Borowski, which has Ben feeling good about the Red Sox’s chances.

There were two major reasons for Boston’s convincing sweep of the Angels: power and health.

The Red Sox tied for the best record in baseball and had easily the best run differential, but those aren’t the only reasons Boston is going to beat the Los Angeles Angels in the first round of the playoffs.

Will Boston’s offseason spending spree translate into a playoff spot in 2007?

After surprisingly winning the AL Central and getting to stay home and face the A’s, the Twins were nearly everybody’s favorite to win their opening-round series. As they say, that’s why they play the games.

While everybody was expecting Johan Santana to pitch the Twins right past the A’s, Barry Zito showed that he knows a thing or two about pitching.

Rather than traveling to take on the mighty Yankees, the Twins are happy to be staying at home and playing the A’s in a series that starts today.

Ben takes a look at what this year’s top rookies have done during the first third of the season.

While the St. Louis Cardinals are doing predictably well, Ben takes a look at the two teams that are surprisingly ahead of them in the NL Central standings.

If you have triskaidekaphobia, Thursday was probably a tough day for you to follow baseball. For Ben, it was a sign that he should write something about the Mets, White Sox and Dodgers.

The Red Sox made the playoffs for the third consecutive season last year, the first time in team history they’ve done so. Can they make it four in a row this year?

Ben completes his offseason rankings by looking at the 10 teams who did the best work this winter. Well, sort of anyway.