My Picks: Dodgers in 6, Red Sox in 7
Because Derek Lowe/Cole Hamels is essentially a draw -- OK, maybe a slight edge to Hamels -- while every other pitching matchup favors the Dodgers.
Because Manny Ramirez is the most unstoppable force in baseball right now.
Because I don't trust Brad Lidge, no matter how many saves in a row he has converted.
Because the return of lefty Hong-Chi Kuo to the Dodgers' bullpen will be crucial in facing Ryan Howard and Co. in the late innings.
Because the Dodgers' starting pitchers are, by and large, ground-ball pitchers -- the type that thrive (or at least survive) in Citizens Bank Park.
The Red Sox:
Because Jon Lester is the most dominant pitcher on either team, and he'll be on the mound in Games 3 and 7.
Because what happened in the regular season does not matter one bit -- no matter how many times you beat the Red Sox, and under what circumstances. Just ask the Angels.
Because for all his problems, Josh Beckett did strike out six Angels batters in five innings -- a sign that his pure stuff is still there. I expect him to be better his next time to the mound, which will be Game 2, and better still the time after that, in Game 6.
Because Scott Kazmir has walked 37 batters in his last 12 starts (including the ALDS), and no team in the majors drew more walks this season than the Red Sox.
Because that extra off-day in the middle of the series will benefit no one more than Jonathan Papelbon.
Because just when you start to forget about Big Papi, he's going to do something to make you remember him in a big way.
Because I picked them to win it all when the playoffs started, and there's no turning back now.
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