Tuesday, October 02, 2007
LAA is the best match up for the Sox. Cleveland would have been tougher. First, Vlad, Gary Matthews, and Escobar have health issues. Second, the lack of home run power minimize the Sox pitching weaknesses of Curt Schilling and Dice-K. Only Vlad and Garrett Anderson are home run threats. Third, the Sox own LAA’s best starter, John Lackey, and setup man, Scot Shields. The Olde Towne Team appears to be in a good position to advance past LAA (knock on wood).
* Beware of Howie Kendrick, since he and Vlad are the only two hitters that do damage against anything other than fastballs.
* Mike Lowell and DP should look to jump on Jared Weaver’s fastball early in the count. The two infielders have trouble with sliders and Weaver’s is a good one, especially to righties as his delivery hides the ball well.
* Bartolo Colon could be the key for LAA in a setup role for K-Rod.
* The three starter series will allow J.D. Drew to start every game, which should not only be a help in the lineup, but also in the field. LAA's lineup puts the ball in play. The Sox need to have their best defensive club on the field as much as possible.