Friday, October 5, 2007

Put a Halo around that Sox

Here's what we know about Game 2 between these two teams. Kelvim Escobar has been pretty good this year. He doesn't have a great track record generally speaking, as this was his break out year and could be an aberration, nor does he have dominant stuff once it comes to the playoffs. But he certainly is the most passionate Angel starter and that will help him in this game.
Dice-k on the other hand, has also been erratic and no one can really guarantee whether he will be the dominant force he is capable of, or if he does his best Matt Clement impression. Dice-k can be a little bit silly if he has his command but if he can't establish his change up or breaking ball early in the game it's going to be a long night for the Red Sox underworld.
So those guys are pretty much a wash in terms of deciding this game. The aspect of the game that you really need to pay attention to, and the key to the Angels getting the series back to 1-1, will be Chone Figgins and Orlando Cabrera. These guys at the top of the order have to get on base and they have to bring their speed into play. This Angel team does not rely on the long ball to get things done, they need to be taking the extra base whenever possible and sticking it to any defensive liabilities the Red Sox have. I do think the Angels will pull this one out. Vlad can win a game by himself and, as long as he's got some runners on base, he can put up some nasty numbers against Matsuzaka.

Angels 6, Sox 3

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