Re: Angeles- a sleeper team?
posted at 8/12/2011 12:26 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Angeles- a sleeper team?
[QUOTE]Harness, I agree the Sox pitching staff ERA suffers from the Fenway syndrome and is actually pretty decent on the road. That said, the Sox hitting does not suffer that much on the road,
averaging 5.1 runs (tied for top in MLB), compared to 5.8 runs at home. For the Angels, getting into the playoffs is not simply a matter of three great starters
. You also need some hitting, some defense, and two other starters. That's what it takes to get into the playoffs. Once there, three great starters can make a big difference.
Posted by maxbialystock
I've already shown how these "three great Angel's starters" are compromised in hitting venues.
As for how Boston hits on the road, it's relevant to individual venue. Here's a potential road Post Season picture:
RedSox in Detroit: .800 OPS (139 AB's)
Tigers in Detroit: .759 OPS
RedSox in NY: .867 OPS (211 AB's)
NY in NY: .813 OPS
RedSox in TX: .609 OPS (100 AB's)
TX in TX: .759 OPS
I think the low OPS in TX was reflective of the point in time when we played them.
But either way, TX plays the RedSox tough in their home venue.
IMO, I don't think Boston can beat the other three best teams (TX/NY/Philly) this year in the PO's.
In fact, I don't think any team can. Winning the division means a likelihood of a TX/NY series. Thus, one of them will bump the other off.
And this increases our chances.
It may all come down to who wins the A. L. East...