Sunday, October 19, 2008

MLB Postseason Recap

The Red Sox win again and are just 1 game away from coming back from down 3-1 in the ALCS for the second year in a row.

Boston Red Sox 4 Tampa Bays 2: Going into this game I felt like the biggest factor would be which Josh Beckett would show up. The dominant playoff pitcher or the Beckett that got lit up in Game 2 against the Rays. Well, the Beckett that was on the mound in Game 6 for the Red Sox was somewhere in between those two going just 5 innings and gave up 2 runs. That proved to be a good enough outing for the Red Sox to win.

I still believe that Game 5 was the difference in this series. It's a lot easier to win 3 games in a row when one of those games is a game you should have lost. The Red Sox didn't out play the Rays in that game, only the last 7 outs. It's hard to outplay a team for 3 games straight, but in this case it's really on two games straight plus 7 outs. That's why I'm not going to be surprised if the Red Sox win Game 7 and comeback from down 3-1 in the ALCS for the second year in a row. They won a game they shouldn't have won and then were setup nicely with Josh Beckett and Jon Lester pitching the next two games.

The Rays certainly have a chance to win Game 7, but I believe Matt Garza is going to have to shut down the Red Sox offense for them to have a chance. I think the pressure will be on Garza and the Tampa Bay Rays offense to get him a lead earlier on or else it could snowball out of control pretty quickly for the Rays. I think the Rays were a little too anxious at the plate last night, maybe because they were pressing and still thinking about Game 5, but they are going to have to settle down in Game 7 and make sure they get good pitches to hit.

Put On Notice: Matt Garza, Rays offense

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