One of the best things about the Red Sox finishing off the Tampa Bay Rays in 4 games is the fact that the team now gets to sit back and watch the Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers battle it out in a do or die game 5 tonight in Oakland. With their ticket already punched to the ALCS there is 2 questions that remain, who will they be playing and who do they want to actually play?
Now for the second question, who do the Red Sox want to play? In the season series against the Tigers the Red Sox went 3-4 losing 3 of the games in Detroit and winning 2 of the games in Fenway. In the season series against the Athletics the Red Sox went 3-3 winning 2 games at home and losing 2 games on the road.
Offensively the Red Sox scored the most runs out of any team, with the Tigers being second most and Oakland being 4th most. Fielding wise the Red Sox ranked 8th in the majors while Detroit ranked 6th and Oakland ranked 18th. The Tigers have one of the best 3-4 hitting combos in the game, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder while Oakland has speed throughout their lineup from Coco Crisp to Yoenis Cespedes. Don’t forget about Miguel Cabrera, the monster, the man that won the triple crown in 2012. He has the ability to change the game every time he steps to the plate, and is excellent at the hot corner of the infield. But what about Yoenis Cespedes, the youngster that could make an argument that he is the best young player in California (Mike Trout will argue that fact). His speed in the outfield is scary fast, but he has not played the Green Monster in Fenway often.
So who should the Red Sox want to face in the ALCS? I’m not really sure, whoever they play the team will be ready for them. They will be well prepared to take on either team. Personally I hope that the Sox play the A’s, while travel will be tough on the team I feel that matchup better pitching wise against Oakland. Detroit also has so many players that can change the game so quickly that it is dangerous to play against them. Detroit has the 2 of the last 2 Cy Young winners, if Scherzer wins the award this year.
Who do the Red Sox want to play? Either team to be honest, the players are confidant, they are ready to play, and they are relaxed getting to watch the game tonight. If the Sox play Oakland I think that they will win the series in 5 games. If the Sox play Detroit I predict that they win in 7 games. No matter who they play the series will be fantastic and it will be wonderful to see ALCS baseball back in Fenway Park but as fan and writer I will be cheering for Oakland tonight and hope that you will be too.
At the end of the series this is all that Red Sox fans want to see.
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Ryan MacLeod 10/10/2013 05:30:00 PM Tweet