In trying to assess which team the Red Sox might prefer to play in the American League Championship Series, Oakland or Detroit, one thing is for sure — take those regular-season statistics and toss them.
That Boston was 3-3 vs. Oakland and 3-4 vs. Detroit doesn’t mean a thing. Or that Boston demolished the Tigers, 20-4, in their last meeting at Fenway Park.
There are several schools of thought: 1) It doesn’t matter who the Red Sox play because they can handle any team; 2) They should play the Tigers because Miguel Cabrera is banged up; 3) They should play the A’s, because Oakland forever is seen as the Cinderella team whose chariot eventually turns into a pumpkin.
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