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How Experience Can Help the Red Sox Win in October

Jason Bay hits a home run against the Nationals on June 23

The Red Sox currently hold a 3.5-game lead over the Yankees in the American League East (four if you count the tiebreaker). But, can they hold out and eventually win their third World Series in six years? Well, let’s see. Upon completion of inter-league play, the Red Sox have won 14 series, lost 9, and split 2. They have completed seven sweeps, and have not been swept.

However, there is also some reason for concern. For one, the Red Sox have been unable to sweep the Indians (the worst team in the American League) or the Nationals (the worst team in the Majors). Against the Nationals, the Red Sox deteriorated more each time, winning by 8, winning by 2, then losing by 6. If the Red Sox hope to win in the playoffs against baseball’s better teams, they should be able to avoid surrendering runs and games to the worst teams.

The Red Sox, however, have also shown prowess against the better teams. They were able to win their series with the defending champion Phillies, and are a perfect 8-0 this year against the resurgent Yankees. Overall, the Red Sox have been pretty consistent this year against all opponents. With the best record in the American League and only 1.5 games behind the League best Dodgers for best in the majors, the Red Sox should be able to make it far into the playoffs.

The Rays have been a thorn in the Red Sox’ sides in recent years, and unless they can pick up 1.5 games to overtake the Yankees for the Wild Card, they won’t be around to trouble the Red Sox in the postseason. Josh Beckett and Tim Wakefield have been doing very well so far, so the Red Sox need to keep them going, and maybe even have their starters available in the bullpen, if for no other reason than to keep their opponents guessing.

My Advice

  • Speaking of pitchers, keeping Daisuke Matsuzaka out of the lineup couldn’t hurt, and Jonathan Papelbon has been a little shaky lately, getting into too many jams for fans to feel comfortable about him.
  • Keeping the slower guys like Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz from running when they shouldn’t be will help to avoid outs and produce more run-scoring opportunities that can also go a long way to help out the Red Sox’ cause.
  • Also, why not lay down a few sacrifice bunts in the early innings with a man on just to draw first blood and gain important early momentum?

With this advice and a little fortune, the Red Sox will be able to win the World Series in October, hopefully taking out Manny Ramirez and the Dodgers in the process.

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