Two games finished in the World Series, and it should come as no surprise that the Red Sox are halfway home to their second crown in four seasons (something very Twilight Zone-like about just writing that sentence). Wrote coming into the series that the Red Sox were basically superior in every category, and if you go position-by-position, they have the edge almost everywhere.
Thus, I’ll say this right now: No matter how wonderful a story the Rockies have been, they’re not coming back to win this thing (I say this hoping to activate the karma I bring, which is that no matter what I predict, the opposite almost always happens). Colorado may indeed get it back to Boston, because the Rockies have won 75 percent of their home games since June, but the only chance they have to win the series is to win all three, and it’s hard to see that happening.
Some observations from the first two games (Game 1 of which I saw very little, because I had to go tend to the Barry Bonds Festival).
— Game 1 was over when Josh Beckett went strikeout, strikeout, strikeout in the top of the first. Being asked to hit Beckett in a playoff game after an eight-day layoff is the equivalent of cruel-and-unusual punishment.
— Much has been written that at least the Rockies were not blown out in Game 2, and that’s true. But I’m of the belief that being edged in a one-run game actually lingers longer than getting blasted the way Colorado was in Game 1. And in Ubaldo Jimenez, the Rockies threw their best shot at the Red Sox. As with Cleveland’s Fausto Carmona and C.C. Sabathia, the Boston’s didn’t blink.
— Can’t wait to watch Manny Ramirez play left field in the massive pasture that is Coors Field. Wonder if the Rockies can stretch singles into triples.
— One thing the Rockies will have going for them when they get home: The Red Sox will have to sit either David Ortiz or Kevin Youkilis, because there won’t be a DH. But the guess here is that won’t be nearly as big a deal as the experts are saying. It’d be different if the series were tied, but the Red Sox have some margin for error.
— Hear a ton about where Beckett ranks in the pantheon of postseason pitchers. Well, where does Curt Schilling rank in a listing among all-time Red Sox greats? He was superb again last night, in what may have been his last start at Fenway.
— Another man with a pretty fair postseason docket: Red Sox manager Terry Francona.
Anyway, enjoy the off day, and bring your warm-weather gear to Game 3.
Oh, and on a side note, sure am glad the A’s kept Chris Snelling around all season, aren’t you?