Thursday, October 6, 2016

Top Five Things That Will Determine ALDS Outcome

As everyone knows, all of existence can be boiled down to five things—even baseball. So, here are our Top Five Things That Will Determine The Red Sox-Indians ALDS (in no particular order):

Thing One: Whether Christian Vazquez can slow down the Indians running game. Cleveland is one of the best base-stealing teams in all of baseball. There is one reason (and one reason alone) that Vazquez made the ALDS roster—his arm;

Thing Two: Whether David Price can exorcise his Post-Season Demons. Price's teams are 0-8 in post-season games that he has started in his career. Yeah, no kiddin'. If he can reverse this mojo and be at least a 'mini-ace', Boston could take this series in four;

Thing Three: Whether Boston's historic offense can keep it up in the playoffs. The Red Sox team OPS in 2016 was a ridiculous .810. The Carmine Hose got offensive contributions up and down the line-up. They should be able to feast on the Tribe's depleted rotation. We shall see;

Thing Four: Whether Craig Kimbrel has really "fixed" his mechanical problem. Supposedly, Boston's closer identified and corrected a mechanical flaw in his delivery that caused his late-season meltdown. Now is the time to prove it;

Thing Five: Whether old friend Andrew Miller can neutralize David Ortiz in key match-ups. Miller will be used by Tito multiple times to tactically take down Ortiz's game-changing abilities. This could be key.