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Oct
3
2007

American League Division Series Preview

By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (3) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Jack Cobra Archive
AmericanLeagueLogo.jpgHere is a little breakdown for you for the AL Playoffs, along with predictions. I'm not going to go into the statistics and how they fared against each other during the regular season because I'd hate to bore you even more than normal. Still, I have some thoughts on how things will go, so here they are. Feel free to throw your predictions in the comments section:

Angels vs. Red Sox - I've come to find out that I'm just not a Red Sox fan. I'm not really sure what it is, but I just don't like this team. Maybe their fans are a bit overzealous, maybe I don't like Big Papi...I'm not sure. Either way, the Red Sox had the best record in the American League this season and have home field advantage in the first round. The Angels are coming into the series a little battered and bruised as Vlad Guerrero looks like he needs either his knees replaced at this time of the year and Gary Matthews, Jr. is battling a bunch of ailments. Still, the Angels are a team of scrappers and shouldn't be counted out just yet. Behind their manager, Mike Scoscia, the Angels are the type of team who will take the extra base every single time and will nip and bite at you all day long. I think this is going to annoy the heck out of the Red Sox to the point where it takes them out of their game and makes them very uncomfortable. Personally, I'm not comfortable with Matsuzaka and Schilling going in Games 2 and 3 for the Red Sox. I think the playoff atmosphere might be a bit much for Dice-K and I think Schilling is pretty much completely overrated. In the end, this will turn out to be the best Division Series match-up, but I have the Angels winning in 5.
Also if you want to keep track of this series, bookmark Blue Thoughts.

Yankees vs. Indians - I really like this Indians team. They are young, exciting and they have some good personalities on their squad. If I were an Indians fan I couldn't be happier, well, that is until I saw the playoff match-up come out. Unfortunately for the Indians, they are playing the team that has been playing the best baseball over the last four months of the season. The Yankees come into this series as a machine with the complete destruction of the Earth in mind. Anything less than total domination will be considered a success for them. They have all the offense a team could need, they have their bullpen situation figured out and.....well, there are still holes in their rotation, but they have that offense. This is going to be the ultimate test for the Indians as they will rely on C.C. Sabathia and Fausto Carmona to carry them in this series on the pitching end and Grady Sizemore, Travis Hafner and Victor Martinez on the offensive side....I just don't see them getting the job done. This Yankees team just seems to be too good for anyone right now. Yankees in 4
Depressed Fan and Green Pinstripes are the places to go for info on this series

Come back later for the Rockies vs. Phillies match-up and my Cubs series breakdown.

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3 Comments
Erin said

Your lack of Red Sox love hurts me.

Jack Cobra said

Sorry.....I just bought an Angels cap like three weeks ago, so that was the tie-breaker.

Dice-K scares me.

Erin said

Scares me, too. But I hate the Angels almost as much as I hate the Yankees.


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