Sunday, October 07, 2007

2007 ALDS Game 3: The Pretender(s)

Final Score: Boston Red Sox 9, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1

Send in your skeletons/Sing as their bones go marching in... again

Anaheim played with all the desperation of a Beer League softball team after a three day bender. Who were those guys? That couldn’t have been the Angel team that has been nipping at our heels all season, and when you think about it, I guess this really WASN’T the team they were in the regular season. Gary Mathews Jr. was out with an injury, Kotchman was sick, Vlad had a bunch of nagging physical issues affecting his performance, and Anderson had to LEAVE this game because his swollen eye was grossing everybody out. What remained of the Angel offense looked like it was put together with duct tape, string and bubblegum. Lots of speed, but not much else that would instill any fear.

Oh, and speed doesn’t really matter when you don’t get on base. Schilling was the real-freaking-deal with a performance that was different (he is definitely not a power pitcher anymore) but just as dominating. He had a little trouble with a bases loaded jam and a first and third problem in the 7th, but he came on like gangbusters killing any chance of an Angels rally.

What if I say I'm not like the others?/What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays

From a batting standpoint the Sox were keeping things close early. The only runs came from MONSTER back-to-back shots from Papi and Manny. It’s shocking that this was the first time they did it all season. You couldn’t have picked a better time for these two sluggers to get red hot.

Then things started to go bad for the poor Angels. Shields, Speer and Oliver combined for 7 runs in a disastrous (if you’re from California) 8th inning. It was batting practice for pretty much every hitter. Pedroia, Lowell and Tek all decided to do a two bag dance and put the Sox up up up up… it was glorious. The Sox hitters really took advantage of an overused and overrated bullpen. That’s 9 playoff wins in a row against the Angels. Like I said, these jokers didn’t have anything that resembled a competent playoff team.

Unfortunately, it’s highly likely the team the Sox face in the ALCS will be ready for battle. The Indians have two dominant starters and a potent offence and we ALL know what the Yankees are packing… if they make it (now only down 1-2 in the series). Can they handle Boston though? Can they stand up to the momentum we have? Are they the real deal? It may be too soon to tell... but I'm not buying any other team but the Sox.

You're the pretender/What if I say I will never surrender?