With the kind of offseason the Phils and Red Sox have had, they’re pretty much slam dunks to be the prohibitive favorites for the 2011 World Series. And it’s hard to argue, given the moves they’ve made. I mean, look at this lineup for Boston:CF Jacoby Ellsbury 2B Dustin Pedroia LF Carl Crawford 1B Adrian Gonzalez 3B Kevin Youkilis DH David Ortiz RF J.D. Drew C Jarrod Saltalamacchia SS Marco Scutaro
That’s some serious lumber. The only thing scarier than this lineup is the rotation Philly can trot out there.SP Roy Halladay SP Cliff Lee SP Roy Oswalt SP Cole Hamels SP Joe Blanton? Kyle Kendrick? Anybody?
It’s not like they’ll have to score many runs with a rotation like that. But they’ve got that covered, too, thanks to Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco.
Oh, and the Sawx pitching staff ain’t too shabby either. Most teams would love to be able to go Lester, Beckett, Buchholz, Lackey, Dice / Wakefield.