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Daisuke Matsuzaka got his second win of the playoffs last night as Boston continued to roll right by the Colorado Rockies.
The Red Sox have not lost in a World Series in the new regimes era.
Are the Red Sox the best team in baseball? I’ve said they are before, maybe this will be it. After tonights game, the Red Sox might raise the trophy high and be proclaimed the best baseball team in the world. Unless you got together all the best cricket players in the world and taught them baseball. But still the Red Sox would probably be better.
This will be a hard game for the Red Sox to win, even as hot as they are. Jon Lester needs to take the game home against Aaron Cook, a tought sinker baller who loves ground-ball double plays. Something the Red Sox have been very good at grounding into. And the Colorado bats have looked to be heating up. One through seven in the Rockies lineup have been swining well and working the count. The Rockies are a very good team, and the Red Sox can’t take it easy now. The Rockies have a lot to make up for, but it’s not that far off what they’re capable of.
So Jon Lester (L, 4-0, 4.57) goes up against Aaron Cook (R, 8-7, 4.12) tonight at 8:35 pm. Now keep in mind Aaron Cook is much better than his numbers say. Away from Coors field Cook has a 3.07 ERA and in the second half Aaron Cook has a 2.41 ERA. So when you think Lester might be just as good as Aaron Cook you’re kinda wrong.
I wouldn’t want to deny Jon Lester his props. He has the intangible. The kind of intangible you have to watch and see to realize. I don’t know if Cook does but whatever game Lester enters turns out well. In the regular season Lester allowed 4 ER or more 6 times and the Red Sox ended up winning 5 of those 6 games. Why? Angels on the mound? I don’t know it just happens for him. This post-season Lester has pitched 3.2 innings and allowed 2 ER with 5 K’s.
Honestly, I hope this game remains close. I don’t want another game the Sox run away with. I wouldn’t mind a Red Sox loss so the series can grow some suspense. Even better, lose two and come back to Fenway so I can see them win at home.
Another interesting story is who would be World Series MVP? The most interesting side to this is what if Jacoby Ellsbury won it? While he hasn’t even been eligible for ROY. He could win World Series MVP and next year win ROY. That’d stick in some Yankee craws.
Let’s get it on.