If you're Terry Francona, how do you manage Ortiz/Youkilis for the games in Colorado? It's hard to believe that Big Papi will sit ... but maybe he will.
I also find it hard to believe that Ortiz will sit. What actual "position" does he play, if any? Did he play in the 2004 Series? Or has he always been a DH?
Also, I'm hoping for a Rockies win in 5. But to be honest, I don't have much in the way of hard facts about the Rockies, so I couldn't tell ya who wins when. Based on what I'm reading from this MLB.com article
, the Rockies obliterated Boston at home. I don't expect them to get their roll on again (I'll be AMAZED if Col keeps them batting 3 for 27 with runners in scoring position), but I expect the Rockies to take an early advantage, maybe spilt the first two at Fenway. When they shift to Colorado is when the series will be decided.
Below assumes that the Rox are a competent pitching, fielding, and hitting ballclub.
-If the Red Sox have to sit Big Popi, the rest of the role players don't step up, and the Rockies can pitch around Ramirez, then the Rox could end as early as five.
-If Ortiz somehow plays in Col and does not become a defensive liability, and/or the Boston hitting stays like it has this postseason rather than near the end of the regular season, then I'm liking Boston in the five to six range.
-If this comes down to Beckett vs. Francis Game 7, I like Beckett's chances of winning that game. The Rox will want to avoid that at all costs.
Edited by Hi, I'm VALUE!, 22 October 2007 - 04:06 PM.