It is only fitting that the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays meet to determine who will represent the American League in this year’s World Series. And having already created a growing rivalry between the teams with a great pennant chase and via a brawl which occurred earlier this summer, this series will surely be eventful.
Both teams finished under .500 on the road and dominant at home, thus making home field a very important aspect and advantage for the Rays. The Rays also have advantages in that they are fearless and have possibly destiny on their side. On the flip side, the Red Sox have the experience in postseason, a better offense and the decisive difference maker in Josh Beckett all on their side. Consequently, the overall edge goes to the Red Sox in what should be a very competitive ALCS.
Pitching Matchups: (First four games listed)
Daisuke Matsuzaka vs James Shields
Josh Beckett vs Scott Kazmir
Matt Garza vs Jon Lester
Andy Sonnanstine vs Tim Wakefield
Season Series: …