Rockies have their work cut out against Red Sox
The best team in the American League, on paper and by record, faces possibly the best team in the National League, a club that finished just a half-game off the pace for that circuit's best record. We should see a lot of great defense, a lot of home runs -- can't defend those -- and I'd bet on at least one more knockout start from Josh Beckett.
Keys for Boston• Find the balance between offense and defense in Coors: Good range in the field matters a lot in Denver, most of all in the spacious outfield, so look for whoever's not starting between Jacoby Ellsbury and Coco Crisp to log a lot of late innings in the outfield in Games 3, 4 and 5. It's possible both will play against Franklin Morales and/or Jeff Francis, since J.D. Drew has always had a big platoon split. This need for defense, however, presents Boston with a serious problem: David Ortiz is not a good defensive first baseman, but the only way the Red Sox can field their best lineup is to put him at first and move Kevin Youkilis to right field, a position he's never played in the majors.