Red Sox Heading for a Championship
by Michael Davis on Friday, October 11th, 2013
The MLB postseason promises to be an exciting month for Red Sox Nation. Almost all analysts predict that the Red Sox will either win the World Series or at the very least make it to the big stage. The Red Sox sported the best regular season record in the American League and have continued to play smoldering baseball both at the end of the regular season and throughout the ALDS against AL East rival, the Tampa Bay Rays. The road to the World Series will certainly not be a walk in the park, as the Rays gave the Red Sox all they could handle in the hard-fought games three and four of the ALDS, and the road will continue to be tough for the Red Sox in the ALCS. They will receive the winner of the ever-tenacious Tigers and Athletics. That several analysts have picked the Red Sox to at least get to the World series is based simply on the most important concept in successful baseball: consistency.
The Red Sox have displayed remarkable consistency throughout the season; they have been able to mostly avoid any major injuries, and pitchers have been able to fight through difficult outings. The Red Sox also have depth in their pitching corps—an exceedingly important area as the postseason continues. Aside from the slingers, the Sox maintain a strong clubhouse with veteran leadership from David Ross, David Ortiz, Mike Napoli, and Jonny Gomes. These men send team morale through the roof—an often underestimated necessity for a deep run into the Postseason. Let’s not forget the horses though: Jacoby Ellsbury is a savage out in center field; Shane Victorino is a center fielder at heart but plays in one of the corner spots; and Dustin Pedroia eats, breathes, and sleeps the game of baseball. All three of these grinders were essential in the Red Sox’ advancing through the ALDS this week. In my personal, completely biased opinion, the Red Sox are poised to make the run to the World Series. The energy, approach, excitement, rhetoric, semantics, and facial hair surrounding the Beantown Stockings are infectious. In this writer’s eyes, the Boston Red Sox will pull each other’s beards into another World Series Championship in 2013.
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