Sox vs. Rangers? What if Yu wins 2?


You can exhale now; the Red Sox have placed the capstone on their 2013 “Worst –to-First” season by earning home-field advantage throughout the ALDS, ALCS, and the World Series.

Now, take a deep breath and return to your taciturn, fatalistic New England posture and worry.

Just when Sox fans were planning for either “Tito’s Revenge” or “Dazing the Rays,” that cloud of dust in the distance has just ridden into Dodge and the Red Sox might face an ornery gang of hombres who can hit and pitch.

And, recall that “Tonto Selig”  has kept the first round, the ALDS, in a 5-game format.

That means the Red Sox could face starter “you-know-who” twice.

Who?

Yu, that’s who.

And for two!

OOOooo!

These desperadoes are not the Rays, who had great starters [tied for best WHIP 1.12 in MLB with Oakland] and paper mache’ bats.

These cowboys are not that Cleveland crew, which has the phenomenal Jason “Merry” Kipnis [.281, 17/83] and emerging star Mike Brantley [.288, 10/73] and Nick “Didn’t he retire?” Swisher [.246, 21/61] leading the offense and Scott “I was sure he retired” Kazmir [10-9] in the three slot and Chris Perez [BA against .263, WHIP 1.43, 25 SVs] as “Pure Rage” Pyro closer, who coughs up 1.8 HRs/9 and BB/9 3.5 and a -0.2 WAR and recently forced Francona to “Closer-by-Committee.”

Sure “Tito’s Revenge” or “Dazing the Rays” could have been fun for Sox fans and a small speed bump on the red brick road to the Fenway World Series, but “noooooooooooooooooooooo!—the Bawshton Bashers may be required to play a complete team; one that has a Major League rotation:

…and and a complete batting order and potent 1 through 5 hitters:

Cleveland

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

LOB

AVG

Brantley, LF 5 0 1 0 1 1 1 .288
Swisher, 1B 6 1 2 0 0 1 3 .246
Kipnis, 2B 5 2 3 2 0 1 1 .281
Santana, C, DH 3 3 2 1 2 0 1 .269
Raburn, RF 5 0 1 2 0 2 4 .273
Carson, M, RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .636
Cabrera, A, SS 5 2 3 1 0 0 1 .244
Gomes, Y, C 5 0 1 1 0 3 3 .294
Aviles, 3B 5 1 2 2 0 0 2 .255
Stubbs, CF 4 3 2 2 1 1 1 .233
Totals 43 12 17 11 4 9 17 .255

 

Worried yet?

No?

Well, it’s early yet…

Try this:

Game

Matchup

Date

Time (ET)

TV

Tickets

Game 1 Texas @ Red Sox Fri, Oct 4 TBD TBS or MLBN***
Game 2 Texas @ Red Sox Sat, Oct 5 TBD TBS
Game 3 Boston @ Rangers Mon, Oct 7 TBD TBS or MLBN***
Game 4* Boston @ Rangers Tue, Oct 8 TBD TBS
Game 5* Texas @ Red Sox Thu, Oct 10 TBD TBS

That’s right, Commish Butt Sealing allows just 5 games--a sprint–in this round after the Sultry Summer Marathon.

GAME ONE:

Darvish vs. Buchholz

GAME TWO:

Garza vs. Lester

>>> TRAVEL DAY <<<

GAME THREE:

Darvish vs. Lackey

POINT:  With Darvish starting twice in the first three games, the Sox could be down 2-1 with the Rangers needing 1 win in the remaining 2 games.

Which team would you rather have the Sox face in Round One of the ALDS?

Who are the Red Sox more likely to beat in Round One of the ALDS?

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