2009 ALDS: More info and analysis


Unsurprisingly, the New York Yankees have elected to start their Divisional Series tomorrow, so that means the Red Sox will play game 1 against the Angels on Thursday. Here’s what the schedule looks like:

Game 1: Thu @ LAA, 9:37PM
Game 2: Fri @ LAA, 9:37 PM
Game 3: Sun @ BOS, 12:07 PM
Game 4: Mon @ BOS afternoon (if needed)
Game 5: Wed @ LAA

Red Sox roster

Pitchers (10)
Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz
Jonathan Papelbon, Billy Wagner, Hideki Okajima, Daniel Bard, Takashi Saito, Ramon Ramirez, Manny Delcarmen

Positional (14)
Victor Martinez, Jason Varitek, Kevin Youkilis, Dustin Pedroia, Alex Gonzalez, Mike Lowell, Casey Kotchman, Jed Lowrie
J.D. Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jason Bay, David Ortiz, Rocco Baldelli/Josh Reddick, Joey Gathright]

That leaves one spot up for grabs. The Sox could add Daisuke Matsuzaka to avoid pitching Lester on short rest in Game 4, or add another middle infielder, given the shaky status of Lowrie.

Terry Francona has decided to go with Lester, Beckett and Buchholz as his front three. No argument here. Beckett did have to get a cortisone shot, but he says he’s fine for the ALDS. Tim Wakefield has been left off the roster, and his season is probably over. Manny Delcarmen avoided serious injury after a car accident, but is bothered by a stiff neck.

Alex Gonzalez’s hand seems fine, and he looks to be ready for this series. Jed Lowrie has been named the utility infielder for the ALDS, but Gil Velasquez is also around, so this may come down to the last minute before the Thursday deadline to finalize the roster. Rocco Baldelli is also questionable at this time.

Jacoby Ellsbury says he’s not going to hesitate on the basepaths in this series; as bad as Boston catchers are at throwing out runners, the Angels are not much better. Billy Wagner showed that he’s capable of back-to-back outings, which could spell a huge advantage for the Sox this postseason.

Angels roster
Mike Scioscia has announced that Howie Kendrick will start at 2B for Game 1, and Maicer Izturis will start in Game 2 against Josh Beckett. Looks like he’s going with the platoon split over hitter-versus-pitcher track record. Smart man. Ervin Santana will pitch out of the bullpen, and fireballer Jason Bulger may be there as well, after receiving a cortisone shot in his arm.

A lot is being made of Scott Kazmir’s dominance of the Red Sox, but they have hit him rather well recently. In two starts this year, Kazmir is 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA, but the Sox put up a line of .289/.373/.400 in those games. Last year, he went 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in four starts, and the Sox battered him to the tune of .324/.433/.689. Still confident, Halos?

Analyses
Red Sox preview at Baseball Musings
Angels preview at Baseball Musings
Red Sox preview at FanGraphs
Angels preview at FanGraphs
Why the Red Sox are Going to Be Totally Awesome in the Postseason at Baseball Think Factory
Why the Angels Will Beat the Red Sox by Sean Smith
Five Keys for the Red Sox
by Sean McAdam

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One Response to 2009 ALDS: More info and analysis

  1. redsoxtalk says:

    Extra bases reports that Rocco Baldelli and Manny Delcarmen have been left off the roster. Taking their spots are Brian Anderson and Paul Byrd.
    http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2009/10/baldelli_out_of.html

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