Today's links are primarily ALDS preview reports for the Angels/Red Sox series.
Angels - Red Sox - CBSSports.com
The Angels run. The Red Sox can't stop a running game. The Red Sox struggle on the road. The Angels have home-field advantage. So much tells you that the Angels should win this series, then you remember 2004, 2007, and 2008.
This time, Angels might run wild on Red Sox - FOX Sports on MSN
If you believe in the Angels — and I do — that is where you start. The only way for the Red Sox to stop the Angels' running game is to keep the Angels' hitters — particularly leadoff man Chone Figgins — off the bases. I'm not sure the Sox's rotation, in its present state, is good enough to do that.
Red Sox-Angels ALDS breakdown - angelsbaseball.com
The Angels, typically a free-swinging group in the past, have added patience at the plate to their game, making them a much more difficult lineup, giving them a much better shot in a postseason series. This set should be more closely contested than any of the previous three.
Angels hope Vladimir Guerrero this time will be their Mr. October -- latimes.com
The playoffs have been Kryptonite to Guerrero, who hit a score-tying grand slam in Game 3 of the 2004 American League division series against the Boston Red Sox but has driven in one run in 17 postseason games since.
Playoff teams boast not only talent, but decorated managers - CBSSports.com Baseball
Joe Torre (Dodgers), Tony La Russa (Cardinals), Charlie Manuel (Phillies), Jim Tracy (Rockies), Terry Francona (Red Sox) and Mike Scioscia (Angels) have combined to make 45 postseason appearances as managers.
A capsule look at Red Sox-Angels playoff series - Yahoo! Sports
A look at the best-of-five American League division series between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels
Why the Angels will beat the Red Sox - Sean Smith
The difference between the two teams, in terms of talent displayed over the regular season, is negligible. The Angels won two more games. Based on runs scored and runs allowed, there is again little difference. The Angels have a Pythagorean record of 93-69, the Red Sox 94-68. The Angels won the head-to head-matchup, five games to four.
My Five Biggest Questions of the Series - Los Angeles Times
Here are my five biggest questions heading into this latest Angels-Red Sox adventure:
October 6 - BR Bullpen
Events, births and deaths that occurred on October 6.