Rockies vs. Diamondbacks – The problem with this series for Colorado is that they’re running up against Brandon Webb three times (potentially) and Livan Hernandez twice (again, if necessary), and Webb is a reigning Cy Young (until Jake Peavy takes it from him) and Hernandez knows how to win a World Series. In terms of offense and defense, the Rockies own this series, and the Arizona bullpen is suspect between the starters and Jose Valverde. Still, I’d rather not bet against Colorado again, and if they can touch up Webb or Hernandez once, this series belongs to them. Rockies in seven.
Indians vs. Red Sox – Not that I think the Indians can’t be competitive in this series. If you’re starting C.C. Sabathia and Fausto Carmona for four or five games (looks like four games right now), then you’ve got a shot. Problem is, Boston can match with better arms and better offensive talent, never mind a more consistent and talented closer when the opportunity arises. I don’t trust Joe Borowski. Red Sox in six.
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