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My Pick

The Red Sox will win this series if, and only if, Beckett has one healthy start. The Sawx match up well pitching wise with the Angels. I don't think Lackey and Saunders are great pitchers, especially because power pitching wins in the playoffs and neither is a big armed guy. Santana is a big arm, but he walks a lot of guys and the Sox should be able to keep him to no more than 6 innings.

The angels are presumed to have the better pen, but K-Rod and Shields are hitable. When mini-Manny and Paps are one, they are unhitable.

It's going to be very hard to win these series and, frankly, if I weren't biased, I'd probably call it 3-2 the other way. But, I am biased.

The Sox will win 3-2.


Small side note: I had hoped the Sox would bring Jeff Bailey onto the roster. At this point, if Lowell completely breaks down, they would have to play a lefty (Casey or Kotsay) at first, unless the Lowell's put on the DL, in which case we'd lose him for the rest of the current and all of the (hopefully) following series.

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