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The Yankees Series

We have the nails ready for the coffin, but I'm not sure if we have the necessary hammer available. Let me check...

Are you ready for this Series?

It is looking pretty good right now for the Sox: 8 game lead, healthy pitching staff, warming Papi, stellar Pedroia and Lowell, improving Youk and Lugo, great bullpen, and strong defense.

I think we look ready with the pitching match ups this weekend. Nick Cafardo for the Globe mentioned on NESN that the Yankees pitching was good enough because of young Joba Chamberlain now in the bullpen. I think this kid has pitched 6 games so far. Yes, he's lights out, but with the glaring exception of K-Rod, great teams don't depend on late season call-up rookies to help close out games. Would you feel good if the Sox handed mini-Manny the ball every 8th inning? Delcarman is great, but not ready for that pressure and I'm guessing Joba is in the same boat.

The Yankees can seriously pound the ball. They will score their runs this series. However, good pitching beats good hitting. It's the rule for the playoffs and that's what this series is going to feel like. Becket is a bona fide big game guy. Dice-K has the stuff and the moxie (what is that by the way?) to beat anyone in the AL. Schill is a big question mark in my book. But the whole bloody sock backstory has to give you hope that he can put together a win.

Finally the Sox hitters are waking up and I don't think it'll be this Yankees pitching staff that stuffs them back into hiding. Papi has to be salivating at the thought of these big games and that short porch in rightfield. Roy Pedroia is having the best rookie season the Sox have seen from a position player since the son of Ramon (turn it around and you'll know who I'm talking about). Lowell is the second best 3rd basemen in the series and in the league. With our pitching and these guys hitting, I feel good about taking at least 2 games this week in the Bronx.

The Sox are the better team. Let's just hope they play like it.

Tuesday - 7pm, Dice-K v. Pettite
Wednesday - 7pm, Beckett v. Clemens (ESPN2)
Thursday - 1pm, Schilling v. Wang


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