Here we go again. They pulled out a win last night. The Red Sox look strong enough to make it to the ALCS. But first they have to beat the halos two more times. I think they will. Going back to Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS, the Red Sox have now defeated the Angels in 10 consecutive playoff games, 1 shy of a new MLB postseason record.
On Friday night, the ball will be given to Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is 9-0 on the road this season. His opponent will be all-star pitcher, Ervin Santana. The Red Sox are going to have to be aggressive to foul-off pitches and run the bases to wear him down. I may not be as confident in these Sox as last year, but this is still a Terry Francona team. And Francona's teams are experts in wearing-down opposing starting pitchers.
ALDS Game 1
Red Sox 4, Angels 1