Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Cold, Idle Rockies Will Be Overmatched By Warmed Up Bosox

The Colorado Rockies, the way I figure it, are like a once-hot engine that's been sitting in a cold garage for eight days. In the winter time. In fact, it may be more like they've been sitting in the driveway, exposed to the elements: the wind, the cold, the moisture.

It's the Boston Red Sox that are the warmed up engine, revving and waiting to host the Rockies in Game 1 of the World Series. It's like two racing competitors, at the starting line, waiting for the flag to be waved -- but one of them, the Rockies, has to begin the race with its engine turned off.

OK, OK -- enough with the automobile analogies. But you get the idea.

Frankly, this may end up being one of the most interesting Fall Classics in recent memory, if only because I'm dying to see how the Rockies, winners of 21 of their past 22 games, will respond to their enforced eight-day layoff after sweeping Arizona in the NLCS. Aren't you curious as to whether Colorado can continue to ride the hottest end-of-season streak in baseball history all the way to the world title?

Perhaps my views are tainted by what happened to the Tigers last year, but I believe the Red Sox will make relatively short work of the Rockies -- like five games worth.

None of this nonsense about the Rockies' taking two of three from Boston in Fenway Park way back in June. The Tigers swept the Cardinals in Detroit in 2006, you know. Anyhow, I hope you know that it's folly to use regular season matchups as any sort of post-season barometer.

No, the Red Sox will win because there'll be too much Josh Beckett, too much Curt Schilling, Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, and too much of a playoff-veteran team that, thanks to its 2004 World Series win (which included the famous comeback from an 0-3 hole in the ALCS) and this year's ALCS comeback triumph, absolutely knows how to win the big games. The Rockies' run has been fabulous, but except for the one-game playoff against San Diego, the Rockies haven't encountered any playoff bumps yet. They've never trailed in a series, let alone 3-1. So how do we know that they can win under such duress?

But having said all that, I still think it will be an interesting, albeit short, World Series.

The first-ever crowning of an MLB champ in the city of Denver. But it won't be the home team -- it'll be the Red Sox in Game 5.


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