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This year a team those nickname finished in OX will win the World Series.

And the loser will get the ox on the neck.

Speaking seriously, this will be a weird series starting with this unexpected matchup. It's like Phillies vs Royals.

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Rockies = 2006 Tigers

Not good.

Are their pitchers prone to bouts of periodic incompetence as well?

Since the All-Star break, nope. Their pitching and defense is what carried them to where they are. Francis, Jimenez, Morales, Cook (probably). Then the bullpen, one of the best in the league; Corpas, Fuentes (although he gives us Rockies fans a rapid heart rate from time to time), Hawkins, Affeldt, Bucholz, Speier, Herges, Fogg... a pen that has been oustanding. Also, the Sox haven't seen Jimenez or Morales, so I have to say I REALLY like the Rockies chances.

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Rockies = 2006 Tigers

Not good.

Are their pitchers prone to bouts of periodic incompetence as well?

Since the All-Star break, nope. Their pitching and defense is what carried them to where they are. Francis, Jimenez, Morales, Cook (probably). Then the bullpen, one of the best in the league; Corpas, Fuentes (although he gives us Rockies fans a rapid heart rate from time to time), Hawkins, Affeldt, Bucholz, Speier, Herges, Fogg... a pen that has been oustanding. Also, the Sox haven't seen Jimenez or Morales, so I have to say I REALLY like the Rockies chances.

I dunno, the Rockies are scarily similar to last years Tigers. They exploded during the end of the season, just squeaked into the playoffs where they proceeded to destroy everyone in their path, then they sat for a week. That right there scares me quite a bit, especially since ballpalyers never get more than three days off consecutively during the season. I honestly think the lack of rest benefits the Red Sox.

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Rockies = 2006 Tigers

Not good.

Are their pitchers prone to bouts of periodic incompetence as well?

Since the All-Star break, nope. Their pitching and defense is what carried them to where they are. Francis, Jimenez, Morales, Cook (probably). Then the bullpen, one of the best in the league; Corpas, Fuentes (although he gives us Rockies fans a rapid heart rate from time to time), Hawkins, Affeldt, Bucholz, Speier, Herges, Fogg... a pen that has been oustanding. Also, the Sox haven't seen Jimenez or Morales, so I have to say I REALLY like the Rockies chances.

But here's the one thing you need to know about Jimenez and Morales... they have fantastic stuff, but they struggle with location. Jimenez's best pitch is a fastball that he struggles to locate. Ask Sabathia and Carmona what your "stuff" can do for you when you can't locate. Pitchers who can't locate get eaten alive by the Red Sox and chased from games very early... and those two haven't located. And come on... if you're comparing rotations, it's not even close.

What the Rockies have done is damn impressive... but they ain't played a team like the Red Sox on this streak -- and the Sox are playing some great baseball of their own right now.

Sox in 6... but Beckett closing the deal in game five wouldn't suprise me. Other than defense, and the Red Sox play some damn good defense too, I don't see where the Rockies have an advantage.

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Rockies in 5...

Also, the DH just gives the Rockies an extra weapon to put in the lineup.

No offense but the DH is an American League weapon in these situations. For the games in Boston the Rockies won't be able to put in another person in their lineup to match Ortiz and for the game in Colorado the Red Sox will have a better bat on the bench.

That said I like the Rockies in this. They matchup well, they can pitch and play defense.

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I'd think that the amazing roll the Rockies are on would be hard to bet against, but perhaps that's all been lost with their long layoff since their last game. Don't many teams, even favored ones, suffer from that scenario?

Still, anything that makes Patsox#1 happy can't be good, so I'm going with the wild card Rockies.

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Rockies in 6. Book it.

Seconded, the Rox are BOILING hot right now, but with a layoff of 1 week+ I expect them to trip up a little (just enough to give Boston fans a false hope) and then snatch it away and win their 1st World Series.

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Go Rockies.

I hate Boston once the Yanks are out of the picture (Of course b/w Boston and NYY, go Boston 100 out of 100 times), but I'm going to say Boston in 6.

I hope I'm wrong. How can you not like the Rockies? And it's about League Pride....I'd always root for the NL unless it was like, Atlanta or a team with a guy like Bonds or Clemens, etc....

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Sox in 6... but Beckett closing the deal in game five wouldn't suprise me. Other than defense, and the Red Sox play some damn good defense too, I don't see where the Rockies have an advantage.

Admit it, you never once thought your boys would be playing a World Series game in your state... must be kind of exciting for you

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