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World Series predictions
Tom VerducciRed Sox over Rockies in 7
This is a series in which home field matters. The Red Sox are dynamite at Fenway Park, going 10-2 there in the postseason since Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS. They have averaged 8.2 runs per game at home this postseason. But the games in Colorado are troublesome for Boston. It's the only time this postseason teams play three consecutive days, which taxes a thin Boston bullpen. Moreover, under NL rules, Boston manager Terry Francona will have to hit for his pitcher and respond to pinch-hitter matchups, forcing him to make moves otherwise not in play. His defense at first base (David Ortiz) and left field (Manny Ramirez, with more ground to cover) is exposed more at Coors, too. Look for a long series that gets back to Boston.
The key for me is how much the Boston hitters wear down Colorado pitching. Strike zones get smaller in the postseason. As one Red Sox player told me, "The umpires aren't in a hurry to go anywhere, and they know everybody is watching them." Boston seems to know that better than anybody else. Their at-bats in the ALCS were superlative. They took more close pitches with two strikes than I've ever seen, especially Ramirez. They frustrated good strike-throwers such as C.C. Sabathia and Fausto Carmona. They could cause big-time trouble for Ubaldo Jimenez, Josh Fogg, Brian Fuentes and Jeremy Affeldt, in particular.
Boston also killed Cleveland with tack-on runs, but that's something the air-tight Colorado defense won't allow. That should make for good games. If indeed home field really does matter in this series, I like the Red Sox coming home for Games 6 and 7. Remember, visiting teams are 0-8 in World Series Game 7s since 1979. And I like Josh Beckett coming out of the bullpen in Game 7.
Jon HeymanRockies over Red Sox in 7
What, I'm going to pick against the team that's won 21 out of 22 games? No chance of that! They're better than you think. Their lineup is deeper than Boston's, and their defense is better. Plus, I'm not going to bet against that kind of karma.
John DonovanRed Sox over Rockies in 5
The Red Sox aren't perfect. Not even close. But they have the unbeatable Josh Beckett, a rested and tested Curt Schilling, the mystery of Daisuke Matsuzaka (still a mystery to the NL) and a slam-the-door closer, Jonathan Papelbon. Plus plenty of firepower. The Rockies have a good lineup and a great defense, but they're just not deep enough in the rotation to outlast Boston. (Click here to read John Donovan's complete series breakdown.)
Jacob LuftRockies over Red Sox in five
I've picked against Boston at every turn and been burned, so why not go back for a third time? On paper the Red Sox are better in almost every category, save perhaps for the bullpens and the defense. Boston's lineup is impossible to pitch to right now, especially if Coco Crisp isn't around to serve as an automatic out. Beckett has walked one batter all month. But anything can happen in a short series, and if the Rockies do win, they will have to do it in five games because they aren't clinching it at Fenway Park in a Game 6 or 7.
Gennaro FiliceRockies over Red Sox in 7
If I'm picking with the brain, it's Sawx in six. They've been the best all-around team in baseball all season long. But this Rockies squad -- winner of 10 straight games and 21 of 22 -- has me picking with a different organ: the heart. Not to mention Boston must sit either Ortiz or Kevin Youkilis when the series shifts to Denver, and Colorado lit up Beckett during interleague play. Heart, don't fail me now ...
Albert ChenRed Sox over Rockies in 5
Even Dane Cook could tell you that no one's hotter than the Rockies, but now Colorado faces the best team in the American League in a year in which the gap between the AL and NL is as large as ever. Get ready for some stellar defense, a barrage of long balls and a short series. Will Francona start Beckett in Game 4? I'm betting that the Red Sox will be up early in the series, and Beckett wins the clincher in Game 5.
Alex BelthRed Sox over Rockies in 5
In order for the Rockies to have a fighting chance, they must shake off the rust and steal one of the first two games in Boston. Even then, it will be a tall order to beat the streaking Red Sox. Boston's offense beat up on Cleveland's good pitching, finally getting contributions from players other than Youkilis-Oritz-Ramirez. It's tough to imagine Colorado's pitching stopping them. Yes, the Red Sox are at a disadvantage in Colorado with Ortiz having to play the field, and yes, the Rockies can swing the bats pretty well themselves. Still, the ride is over for Colorado.
Jon WeismanRockies over Red Sox in 6
Look, the Red Sox have Beckett, Jonathan Papelbon and a fearsome lineup, but they also are running into pitching depth problems that all but got them eliminated in the ALCS. The Rockies, meanwhile, are suddenly gaining pitching with the return of Aaron Cook to back Jeff Francis (who proved against Arizona's Brandon Webb in the NLCS that he's up for any challenge). And Colorado's lineup continues to be solidly competitive. The Red Sox will benefit from a big advantage at designated hitter (Ortiz) in their home games, but suffer from the loss of a bat (most likely ALCS hero Youkilis) at the non-DH games in Colorado. If this series were played five months ago, the Rockies wouldn't be worth a second look. Now in October (and perhaps November), plenty of signs still point to Boston, but I'm going with the team that is as fresh as mountain spring water. Cinderella is wearing snowshoes, folks, and I think she might just decide to keep them.
Joe LemireRed Sox over Rockies in 7
Though I was tempted to pick Colorado over Boston in 4 -– when you've won 21 of 22, you've practically earned that much -– the Rockies' luck may have frozen up with the cold temperatures (joke) and long layoff (serious) while the Red Sox scorched the Indians 30-5 in the last three games of the ALCS. Boston has had notorious difficulty with pitchers it hasn't faced before, which bodes well for Colorado's Jimenez and Morales, but Beckett is good for two wins and the heart of the Sox order is simply locked in. Boston's postseason experience helps too.
Ben ReiterRed Sox over Rockies in 5
Were I a betting man, I would lay a fistful of sawbucks on the Rockies to take this thing. Of course, were I a betting man, I would likely have already resorted to a life of petty crime to keep the lights on (the Artless Codger, my young comrades in Fagin's gang would call me) -- my postseason predictions to this point have been that off. But it seems to me as if the current line -– Vegas has the Rockies at +185 (meaning you'd win that much on a $100 bet) and the Red Sox at -225 (so you'd have to wager that much to win $100) -– is out of whack, and perhaps reflects nothing so much as the rabidity of Red Sox Nation. The run-up to the Series reminded me in some ways of 2003, when the Yankees and Aaron Boone clinched what was believed to be the de facto championship in seven tough ALCS games, only to be swiftly dispatched by the Marlins and Beckett. But Beckett's on the other side now, and I don't see Josh Fogg nor Cook getting the better of Big Papi and Manny, and the Sox just have that look. While my head's telling me to go with the winners of 21 of 22 -– and, in betting terms, the risk/reward factor certainly seems to point to them -– my gut's positive that the Sox are the pick. I hope Fagin's got an extra straw mat.
Cliff CorcoranRed Sox over Rockies in 6
The Rockies beat Jake Peavy to make the playoffs and beat Cole Hamels and Webb in Game 1 of the NLDS and NLCS, respectively, but right now nobody is going to beat Beckett. If the Rockies come off a momentum-killing eight-day layoff (twice as long as their break between the NLDS and NLCS) and run right into their first loss of the postseason against Beckett, everything changes. The Red Sox, who overcame a 3-1 ALCS deficit by outscoring Cleveland 30-5, become the hot team, and the World Series becomes Boston's to lose, which the curse-free Red Sox, who are the better team to begin with, won't. Glimmer of hope for Colorado: the Rockies gave Beckett his worst beating of the year back on June 14 to give Jeff Francis a 7-1 win.
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With the exception of one person the picks for the Rockies have basically been made against all logic (that is what the commentary states) and made simply "becuase they are hot"...brilliant analysis by the folks at SI. No wonder Reilly (who at least if he picks the Rockies is doing so becuase he grew up there) is going to ESPN. You can pick either team but have a little logic to describe the pick. With that said, based on overall talent (7 or 9 positions are easily in favor of the Sox as well as the starters and the closer) and home field the Sox are the pick...in 5.
I like all the rockies over sox in 5/6. That's cute. Maybe there's a 1 in 1,000,000 chance that happens and you guys go look like geniuses, congrats to you.
Luft says, "On paper the Red Sox are better in almost every category, save perhaps for the bullpens and the defense." Those are signigficant exceptions, no?
On paper doesnt mean anything:
ON PAPER, the Red Sox have better players almost all the way around. So they should win.
ON PAPER, the Rockies took 2 of 3 earlier this year. So they should win.
ON PAPER, the Red Sox have home field advantage, so they should win.
ON PAPER, the Rockies are hotter than Southern California right now so they should win.
That's why we play the games.
Rockies in 7. Wear it Fenway.
As a Cardinals fan, I'll be the first to point out the most talented team doesn't always win these things. I thought the Red Sox fans would sound a little less bitter now that their World Series drought is three years instead of eighty six, but I was wrong. So please don't pick the Rockies!
"no wonder Reilly is going to espn." Oh I'm sorry, and which sports news company was paying YOU for your random sports thoughts? Thought so.
The Sox beat Carmona and Sabathia to get to the Series. Arizona's pitching doesn't compare.
Colorado's pitchers were able to handle the weakest hitting team in baseball; they'll be exposed by Sox hitters.
1 in 1,000,000 that the Rockies win in 5 or 6??? Really? Thats the same chances that Jim Carrey had in Dumb and Dumber. Wow. Just because the Rockies have only had 8 nationally broadcast games this year does not mean that the Red Sox are the better team. I will give you that the Red Sox are the favorite, Josh Beckett has been ridiculous, but stranger things have happened, and its tough to beat the Rox at Coors with Ortiz trying to play first and Boston's biggest bat out of the lineup for three games. The facts remain, a 7 game series is a crap shoot, and anybody can win it.
Well logic says the BoSox will take this, but I'll be rooting for the Rockies the whole way. Don't think I can take anymore after 2004 with the world's most annoying fan base and the goofs at ESPN salivating all over themselves. God help us all if Jimmy Fallon decides to do a sequel.
WOW, the mere fact that some of you are still allowed to make these predictions is unfathomable. I think the only analysts that should have been allowed to make and publish their WS predictions are the ones that chose the DS and LCS series correctly. The rest of the brain-trust should have been barred from further coverage of the playoffs. That being said, this series breaks down to two factors, Game 1 and Game 2. If the Sox take both of these games, and take them big, Sox in 5 with a celebration dance on enemy ground. If they split games 1 & 2, it will be a toss up but the Sox would take it in 7. If the Sox go to Coors Field down 2-0, get the brooms out Colorado, help sweep the snow off the field and the Rox to their first WS championship.
I'm trying to figure this out. The Rockies pitchers shut down the #2 offense in baseball (Philly) in their home park in the playoffs - but they no chance to shut down Boston? Especially considering the fact the Boston does not hit well against unfamiliar pitchers?
Both teams are loaded with bats - the Rockies are as deep or deeper than the Sox. They already beat Beckett once and beat Peavey, who is Becketts equal, on the road to the World Series. They beat Hammel and Webb - both of whom they were not supposed to beat.
I see this series going at least six games - probably seven. The Rockies are better than most people think. Ask the baseball people - the managers and players -what they see in the Rockies.
Two great teams going at it - this is going to be a epic World Series. Lots of close games - probably a few into extra innings.
Rockies in seven....
The Sox are going to be undermanned in Colorado's NL rules park. No Kevin Youkilis, the true catalyst of the Sox line-up, for one. But the Sox should take all the home games + Beckett's Colorado start making it the Sox's in 6.
I love it. Every freakin' East-coaster states - with absolute conviction - that the BoSox lineup is substantially better than that of the CoRox. Stated as settled fact. Conventional wisdom. Article of faith. Every member of Red Sox Nation laps it up, and heartily agrees that, in their iron-clad, hermetically-sealed analysis, these Rockies - from the inherently horrid and talentless National League, no less - probably shouldn't even show up, because it's quite obvious that the past 21 games haven't meant squat (because, again, reflexively, the NL simply sucks eggs. All of it. Every player. Every pitcher.). So, to recap, we've got East Coast writers (who hadn't seen a single Rocks game before this run), and East Coast fans (who probably couldn't pick out Troy Tulowitzki from a lineup if their lives depended on it, and likely assume that Denver is, you know...actually IN the mountains, and riddled by Indian raids and bear attacks) assuring the rest of us that the Series is already in hand for the Sox, and the poor widdle Wockies should probably just concede ahead of time to save everybody the hassle of getting in and out of Fenway. I'm not buying it. See, I've watched Helton play since he was at Colorado Springs back in the 90s. I've watched Holliday, Hawpe, Atkins, Tulo & the rest since day 1 of their young careers. I state - categorically - that the Rocks have a lineup that is - at least - equal to that of the Sox. There. See? Emotion-driven blanket statements are easy, right kids? Have I seen countless Sox games? Am I an expert on all things AL East? Nope. So, we're on the same ground, evidence-wise. Let's lay off the pretense, shall we? You take your team, I'll take mine (Rocks in six, for the record). If you beat mine, I'll offer my congrats, and tip my hat to you. At least you're not the Yanks. Still...I've got a funny feeling that - just as was the case for fans in San Diego, Philly, and Phoenix - a few folks in Boston will be asking themselves, "who are these guys, and how in the name of Bill Buckner did they just beat us?" over the next few days.
Kevin Youkilis will play in the NL games. He'll play RF and Drew will play CF. Or they'll sit Lowell for a game and he'll play 3B. I'll take the Sox in Six.
Colorado's layoff will be the deciding factor I think. They have to win one out of the first 2 games in Boston to have a shot. They have had more than 8 days off (that pathetic hitting team they played in the NLCS counts as a longer layoff). Can they beat Beckett? Probably not. Can they beat Schilling? They have a shot but they will have to beat the Sox bullpen in that one if they get to Schilling. The Rockies pitchers are the most disadvantaged part of their lineup because mistake pitches in the AZ series were not being hit. They have not had to make big pitches at big times for almost 2 weeks. The pressure increases with the patient Red Sox lineup. Will rookies be up to that challenge?? I don't think so.
Sox in 6
I think people put too much emphasis on the fact that the Rockies beat Boston earlier in the season. Everyone also pointed that the Yankees beat Cleveland a lot during the regular season and yet Cleveland walked all over the Yankees in the postseason.
The Sox won't lose at home in this series, and they'll take at least 1 from the Rockies in their own park. I have the Red Sox pounding their way to victory over the Rockies in 5 games. I don't care how good the Rockies think their lineup is, they won't hit Beckett or Schilling and Lester has been solid. Rocks only chance for a win is against Dice K - who can hold is own over 5-6 innings and pass it off to a solid bullpen that gave up 0 ER in 4 relief innings in game 7.
I don't think Boston is that much better than Colorado. Aside from Paplebon, the Rockies' bullpen is better. If they can split in Fenway, they'll win in 5. Boston will have to use Ortiz in the field and that will hurt them. And Manny has a hard time in left in Fenway, imagine him at Coors Field. Colorado is faster and wil put pressure on Boston's infield. Also Dice-K won't make it past the 4th inning becuase the Rockies' hitters won't chase after the pitches he threw against Cleveland. And they have already beaten Beckett this year.
The Rox have beaten Beckett in Boston once this year already. They can do it again. The rest of the Sawx rotation is either old (Schill) or tired (Dice) and doesn't give them the advantage the Nation would like to think. Sorry Beantown - this series isn't coming back to Boston. Sitting the DH in Denver will do the Sawx in. Rox in 5.
That the Rockies have made it this far is miraculous. I think all rockies fans (and non Boston fans, of which there seem to be many) should just appreciate how far they've made it. I know I'll sound like an ass if they lose, but I honestly believe giving the Rockiest more than an very distant shot is just starry-eyed ignorance. This Rockies team in no way, shape or form over the course of this season or the post season, either stacks up to the Red Sox or has faced the the same caliber of teams the Red Sox have been facing. That's the reality of this world series.
How many amazing starts can 1 guy have in the postseason? Unfortunately for Beckett - not all of them. He is due for a bad game in the World Series and the Sox will lose his start. I give it to the Rockies in 7. You heard it here first.
Being a Canadian i've followed the Rockies ace for a couple of years..I think he has blow up written all over him tonight...Dustin and Jacoby add fuel to a blazing inferno..Rockies have no chance tonight!
The game is played one at a time. The key for the Rockies is to win one at Fenway.
Shocking as it may be, game one is their best chance. They will win two of three at home where the advantage shifts to the Rockies. Do not underestimate the larger field and the speed of the defense.
The series will come down to the final two games at Fenway. The Rockies need one to win the series and the Sox will need both.
My hunch... Rockies in six.
The Rockies have won 21 of 22 games, The Red Sox's barely got by the Cleveand Indians, who compared to the Phillies or Diamondbacks are a farm team. Anyone who puts money on the Sox is "dazed and confused". I love seeing the comments saying the Rockies only have the edge in the bullpen and defense....ONLY???? Hey Boston pull your head out of your clam chowder and realize.....the brooms are coming out...ROCKIES SWEEP!!!!!!!!
I'm not a Bostonian,but the folks jumping on the Rock's banwagon is laughable. They haven't taken a real pitch in 10 days! They can count their lucky starts if the don't get swept. Boston's line up is going to light up the scoreboard against this staff. Sorry Denver! This isn't an Elway lead team. Sox in 4 or 5 at the most.
Cubs in 7
Boston's big sticks will fall silent against the Rockies pitching and defense. Rocks in 5. Suck it Boston.
Rookies will win the World Series in a four game sweep of the Red Sox.
Beckett will blow it tonight. Shilling will have 2 bloody socks tomorrow night. Rockies take game 1 and 2. Then the series comes to Coors Field where the beer will be flowing and the fans will be going nuts...BRING OUT THE BROOMS AGAIN ROCKIES FANS (THEY ARE GETTING A LOT OF USE LATLY HUH?)!! ROCKTOBER BABY!
How about let Boston win first three, and the Rockies come back to win the next four? That will be awesome!
Against all odds, that will make a great story and it will happen!
"The Rockies have won 21 of 22 games, The Red Sox's barely got by the Cleveand Indians, who compared to the Phillies or Diamondbacks are a farm team."
After reading that, I had no reason to read the rest of your post because it's obvious that your knowledge of the 2007 season was based on playing MLB 2K7 online with a hyperactive 11 year old. Unfortunately, I did read the rest of it and it was equally intellectually bankrupt, and I want that 10 seconds of my life back. First of all, the Sox and the Indians finished with identical records, which, coincidentally, were the best records in baseball. If you actually watched the ALCS, you'd know that it was the real series between the two best teams in baseball. Secondly, yes, the Sox DO have the better lineup and better starting pitching. There's no way, unless you're a Colorado fanboy, that you can argue otherwise. What gives Colorado an edge is their incredible defense, and all the intangible things that can swing a game. Those are the things you can't measure, and what give you 21 of the last 22 games. However, it'll be a long (and hopefully good) series, and I think Boston takes it in 6 or 7.
why is everyone saying that the Rockies have a better defense and bullpen? Am I wrong or didn't the Red Sox finish 2nd in the AL in defense...only .003FPCT behind the Rockies overall? I'd call it a tie, but that's just me. And didn't the Red Sox lead the AL in bullpen ERA, 2nd in all of MLB while the Rockies were 12th? come on! do you think the Sox all of a sudden forgot how to pitch and field? yes, the Rockies have a solid team, but with an 8 day lay-off and the Sox coming off a HUGE ALCS victory, along with recent-game-playing-momemtum AND home field, I'm saying the Boston Red Sox in 6...clinching at home!!
RED SOX IN 4
RED SOX IN 4 GAMES
I think the series absolutely comes down to the first two games at Fenway. If the Rockies have cooled off and the Sox win both, I don't think they'll be able to get off the mat; Boston will sweep. If they split, Colorado will need to win the next 3 at Coors to win the series, since Boston isn't losing at home in Games 6 or 7; Boston in 6 (if up 3-2) or 7 (if down 3-2). If the Rox take the first two, the Sox are in big trouble, and the series won't get back to Fenway; Colorado in 5 (maybe even 4). If the Red Sox win Game 1 tonight, I'm saying it's impossible for the Rockies to go 4-2 and win the series.
This back and forth about the Sox will light up the Rockies, The Rockies will sweep the Sox is all pretty ridiculous. Coors Field is a huge factor, Fenway is a huge factor. No pitcher is guaranteed to win any game at any time (Beckett at home included) with the dynamic line-ups of both teams. Colorado's defense is spectacular, the Red Sox get it done as well. This is going to be a great series and I look forward to watching the Rockies win it in Fenway on November 1st....but if the brooms do come out I will probably die of surprise, awe, and elation. Go Rox!
Miraculous they even got this far? Have you even watched this team? I mean actually watched this team and not just said, "oh the rockies. They are from the West so they must automatically suck." This team came roaring back in a division that had 4 teams over .500, and probably had 2 of the best pitchers in baseball . I wish the rockies could have been in the A.L. Their record would have been even better. They are a #$%@ good baseball team, and Boston is going to find that out the hard way. Oh by the way this team that in no way shape or form stacks up to the socks, beat your two best pitchers, in Fenway, and when they weren't even playing their best baseball. They were under .500 heading into the series. Now if the sox win, I will give due congrats, but don't expect the Rox to just roll over. Here's to Rocktober!!!
I think everyone makes too big a deal over the layoff, and I think alot of it is because of what happened to Detroit last season. Other than them, 7 of 9 teams to have a 6 day or longer layoff won the series. Clint Hurdle will have this team ready to go, and the Rockies will give the sox the fight of their lives. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
"the Cleveand Indians, who compared to the Phillies or Diamondbacks are a farm team."
You've got to be kidding.
I am rockies all the way... but lets be serious... boston should win this; better team, better history... Just don't expect easy victories, those guys in the rockies are gonna die with the boots on.
Even with the RS superstars i like more the play style from the rockies.. they don't play to the big slam, they play baseball and that always pay off...
now if... as i said before in this blog... rockies win today, boston is gonna have a really hard time to beat the rox...
Even losing 4-0 this series, the rockies make a very strong point and they give us the ppl from colorado who love baseball something to dream for...
Hey 11:44 anonymous (first comment on the board), which 7 positions "easily" favor the Red Sox? Well, not LF or CF... definitely not RF... or SS... shoot, we're running out of spots. 3B and 1B are pushes... crap. Well, you know, when you have no idea who you're playing (as seems to be the case for most Sox fans) it's easy to give yourself the edge at basically every position. Makes sense. Closers are also a push, for what that's worth.
AggieCoach.com says it's all Dennis Franchione's fault, no matter who looses the World Series. I read about it in his illegal VIP newsletter.
Colorado owns the state of New England.Period. Rox in 5.
Reading some of these comments from obvious Rox fans I have to laugh because of the ignorance. I actually played baseball and understand the importance of making a pitcher's pitch while down in the count. Dice K made several to get out of jams against Cleveland. Why? Big game experience and audacity. A 3-2 slider off the plate type of audacity. Boston's pitching staff is experienced and they make good pitches down in the count to good hitters. Colorado has great young arms but under the pressure of World Series burden and up against professional hitters who habitally make guys throw 30 pitches per inning...5 innings from their starters is asking alot. Now, the Rox have a pretty good pen which may hold up for a short time. They will need that. They also have solid professional hitters throughout their lineup. So I give Colorado credit. They are better than people think and Denver has great fans BUT I can't see how they win more than 1 game in the series. Pitching and Patience. Beckett and Schilling TWICE. Ortiz and Manny. Wild Card: Jacoby Ellsbury...Sox in 5. Do the math!
The Rockies who were 65-63 (not a great team) on August 24th finished 8 games over .500. They were 6 games over versus their own division and 2 game over against everyone else (not a great team). They needed a play-in game to get to 90 wins a total that the well rested Red Sox reached on September 15th.
The Phillies, who played mediocre ball all season and got into the playoffs on the backs of the Mets utter meltdown, make Cleveland look like a farm team? I live in Philly, and I don't think you could find one Phillies fan in this city that would agree with that. Cleveland had 96 wins this season. They were an excellent team and if it hadn't been for a few lucky breaks for Boston they'd be the ones lining up to incinerate the Rockies instead of the Red Sox.
If there is a God the Red Sox will lose. I've had enough with their whiny fans. You are NOT the Yankees, "Nation". ugh.
I love the Rox depth, D, and youth, also the fact that they have nothing to prove works in their favor.
Rock-dawgs in 6
Eat it Wetsox-nation
All I'm gonna say is if the Rockies somehow win today's game against josh beckett. they're sweeping the next three. I'll damn near guarantee it.
The STREAK goes on. Rox in 4.
Rox in 5. Why? Rockies will win 1 in Fenway. Game 2 why? Pitching and defense.
Rox will sweep in Coors. Why? Boston's lineup will be markedly weaker because there will be no DH and the "open range in the outfield.
The only unknown or "x factor" is how many Red Sox fans will be at Coors because of the Rockies management's decision to sell 61,000 seats on line because it gave "all" fans the best chance of getting tickets.
The first anonymous commenter is a moron.
With that said, based on overall talent (7 or 9 positions are easily in favor of the Sox as well as the starters and the closer) and home field the Sox are the pick...in 5.
First of all, this might make sense in
basketball, where the center guards the
center etc. Comparing by positions in
baseball is irrelevant. And then there
is the mention of Home field. Well, if
the series ends in five, the Rockies have
three home games compared to two for
the Sox; how does this help the Sox?
The reality is that anything can happen
in a short series. Remember that the
Yankees won all six this year vs. Cleveland and the Rockies won 2 of 3
in Boston. Just sit back and enjoy
the games; we might get a classic,
we might get a dud. (Last year
was a dud; 2001 was awesome.)
Gee, a glorified Yankee mouthpiece such as Heyman picking against the Red Sox? I am shocked...totally shocked.
the stellar commentary here leaves one hoping for eugenics - especially out east where pollution is taking a big toll on brain cells. Here's the breakdown: Best ERA in the NL thru last six months: Rockies. Best defense ever: Rockies. And the batting order is deeper than the Sox and at least holds its own. The little bloops the Sox hit against Cleveland will not be falling and if they do will turn into quick outs with that defense. And, you will only recognize after the fact, that the Rockies only just broke out now. All teams have that and it is timed perfectly. The high favoritism is that of the known versus the unknown. But know that 21-1 happened against some mighty strong pitching, came off of stellar Rockies pitching, and came from the bats of lesser hitters such as Matsui and Torrealba and Smith. The big bats haven't warmed up yet. Watch for Tulo and Helton to start to get hot.
Oh dear lord. I hope Boston plays a Manny-Drew-Youk outfield in Colorado. I guess there is an advantage to nobody having any idea what Colorado or their stadium have to offer...
SWEEP! Sox in 4
"...Sox better than Rox ... except perhaps on defense ..."
What the? The Rockies have the best defense in Major League History! Think about that. There will be no free runs. No breathing room. No gaffes to make up for Manny. Their pitching is much deeper than the Sox.
If it's true that pitching and defense win in Rocktober ...
Wow! Just when I thought Bosox fans couldn't get any more ignorant. I hope all of you will come back and read your comments when the Rockies shock the world and win the Championship. I don't care about your stupid stats and your "best pitcher on the planet". Just make sure to come back and weap over your comments when boston comes up short............way short.
Rockies in 5, beating Beckett in games 1 and 5, and beating Papelbon in one of the other games...
I love how everyone is saying that Ortiz in the field is a bad thing. Last time he played the field in the world series he made a veteran throw across the field to third on a runner leading a little to far off the bag. They don't have him play the field normally because they don't have to, not because he can't.
And just because everyone else is doing it, Sox in 6.
Heres the thing that baffles me the most about all these predictions and what not is that people keep bringing up the huge advantage the rockies are going to have once the series turns to Denver. Last time I checked the sox do have tremendous outfielders that can play in any stadium (crisp, elsbury) and another one who played in the NL West and is familiar with Coors field (Drew). I also think that too much is being made of this whole Ortiz playing first base. This isnt the first time he's had to play first, and not only that play first on a big stage. If the sox are up a few games, they can afford to sit him a game and bring him as a pinch hitter off of the bench. Also, people continue to talk how the sox struggle against pitchers that they've never seen before. How do you think the rockies are going to deal with seeing Dice-k and his assortment of pitches for the first time? If you noticed dice-k struggled more in the second half of the season. That could be fatigue or could be teams being able to see him a few times. Before that, he had hitters baffled.
jared said, "I state - categorically - that the Rocks have a lineup that is - at least - equal to that of the Sox."
Oh really? How 'bout that 5th inning? Didn't see too many Rox get a hit in that one, did we?
Yeah, from what I can tell, the Rockies really seem to be World Series Worthy.
I mean, not everyone can get the beating thier recieving right now.
Someone actually said that compared to philly and arizona, cleveland is a farm team. THESE, ladies and gentleman are your Colorado Rockies fans. This is why it took Denver so long to get a baseball team. Rox fans, Pawtucket is about 45 minutes south if you're looking for the AAA championship. the Red Sox are WS champs again... blame it on the money, complain about the fans (who are EVERYWHERE, so deal with it) and call it luck but there it is.
good night rocky fans.
A couple of you got it right; the rest are clueless. Yes, the Rockies have good bats and good defense. However, the Rockies pitching will be exposed because they have not played a really good lineup yet. Let's be serious for a moment...does anyone really think anyone in their has great stuff? The Sox rotation has holes but it's not even close. Sox in 5; maybe 4.
I'm not a Boston fan or a Rockies fan; but Jared is so emotional and biased he can't think straight. you've got to be kidding or on crack.
I love all these comments about how Colorado lit up Beckett at Fenway once this season in interleague play and how many amazing starts can he have? Well, he had one more amazing start tonight and the regular season stats dont mean a thing this time of year. Playoffs are a different animal entirely. So much for the Rox sweeping the Sox, I say Sox in 6.
well all those that said rockies sweep are looking pretty stupid
Atleast the Rockies have a chance to win it all legitimately. They aren't going to buy the world series trophy. Everyone hates the Yankees, but the Red Sox get paid 3 times more than the Rockies. Fair? I think not. That's why baseball is the worst of the American sports. Me? I'll stick with football where salary caps are fair and teams don't buy championships.
The Red Sox's barely got by the Cleveand Indians, who compared to the Phillies or Diamondbacks are a farm team
WHAT?? I will state right off the bat that I am a Red Sox Nation lifer,so I am obviously biased,but the clown who posted the above comment apparently has absolutely no idea what has happened in MLB since April.The Indians are a farm team as opposed to WHO? I honestly shouldn't even justify such an ignorant statement w/a response.But what the hell.First,after the Red Sox,the Indians were the BEST team in MLB ALL YEAR.They haven't only been hot for a few weeks like some teams who needed Tony Gwynn Jr. to get them to the playoffs.Now I don't want to detract from the Rox,they are a great team and will give the Sox an ok Series,but moronic statements like that show how little most "fans" know.By the way,Game 1 final 13-1 Boston!
LOL, what was the score last night. Reading all the pro-Rockies support is funny. Good stuff.
"How in the name of Billy Buckner did they beat us?" This about a team that didnt EXIST in 1986? Sorry Rockies but Bullwinkle wont be coming to save your ass this time. The Sox got hot against Cleveland (also a better team than Colorado) and probably wont look back. That mile-high air probably will be sweet for Manny and Ortiz to sail a few yard balls through. Maybe next year rox.
"The key for the Rockies is to win one at Fenway."
I'm not discounting the Rockies by any means, they deserve to be here but winning at least one at Fenway was the train of thought for the Indians. I think we should all relax and hopefully enjoy some really good baseball and the best team will eventually win.
Why does everyone keep saying that Kevin Youkilis won't be in the line-up in Colorado. You baseball fans do know that he plays third base as well as first?? Its Mike Lowell who won't be starting.
This is a flashback of 2004. The Sox had a miracle comeback in the ALCS and swept the Cards in 4. Sox win this one in 4 also.
"Boston also killed Cleveland with tack-on runs, but that's something the air-tight Colorado defense won't allow."
CARE TO RETRACT THAT STATEMENT? I know you weren't suggesting Colorado's defense is better than Cleveland's.
Favorite Comment so far ...
"Posted: October 24, 2007 4:32 PM by Anonymous
Colorado owns the state of New England.Period. Rox in 5."
Clearly this person knows their geography as well as they know their baseball
What I find funny are all the predictions that point to how shaky the Sox rotation is behind Beckett.... The same people who are banking their predictions on a 23 y/o rookie w/ no control, a career .500 pitcher w/ a 4.90 career ERA, and a guy who hasnt thrown in a real game since mid-August.... and that is supposed to be scary?
The good news for Rockies' fans is that this series will be over in time for them to enjoy the Broncos game on Monday Night Football.
hey jared. you think the sox lineup is any better now??wait......hold on.....i'm getting word.....and......yes!the sox just scored again.
They aren't going to take Youk out of the lineup in Colorado...geniuses. Ortiz at first, Lowell at short, Youk at 3rd. Lowell is competent enough defensively to play short and Lugo's bat (or lack thereof) won't be missed.
To start - I have no stake in this. My team is the epic-meltdown Mets and at the start of the playoffs I picked the Indians. I like that the Rockies have proven to be a strong team in the West but I also see the Sox on a regular basis (living in New England for now). Coors Field is tough, but the Sox have just been swinging the bat like madmen. Sox in 5/6. BTW - why would you ever move J.D. Drew to center? That's ridiculous. Just drop Papi as DH since Youk has been hot and leave everything else as is. Not that big a deal. Dang.
Rockies in 5, beating Beckett in games 1 and 5, and beating Papelbon in one of the other games...
guess this fool is hating life these days. Him along with all the other rocky fans. Poor rocky's, BoSox SWEEP!!!!!
Um.....Sox up 3-0.......any of you rookie fans want to retract your prediction of a rookie sweep?
BOSTON RED SOX = 2007 WORLD CHAMPIONS! Let's bring the trophy back where it belongs.....BOSTON ALL THE WAY.
reading all of these predictions are funny now, with the Sox up 3-0. The Rockies never had a chance - they play for the NL AND had an 8 game layoff. No chance in France...
Here's my prediction.... Colorado will play like a minor league team that had no business being in a WORLD SERIES and get taken to the wood shed and spanked. Boston in 4!
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