In my opinion, Boston is the favorite to represent the American League in the World Series, but I can see the Texas Rangers giving the Sox plenty of fits.
Both teams pound the ball.
Boston ranks second in MLB in runs scored, Texas is third. The Red Sox have the best batting average in baseball, the Rangers are second. Boston is second in home runs, the Rangers are third.
In terms of pitching, Boston has the better rotation, especially with Jon Lester and Josh Beckett anchoring the top of the staff. Erik Bedard has been fine, he'll probably be the No. 3 starter while John Lackey has been a disaster. He does have postseason experience.
With the acquisitions of Mike Adams and Koji Uehara at the trading deadline, and lefty Mike Gonzalez before the waiver deadline, the Rangers have a deeper pen.
If the offenses take over, the starters won't go long, but you'd expect Lester and Beckett to go deep into the games.
Boston will be the favorites in games when Lester and Beckett are on the bump, but when they're not, I'll take Texas and their depth in the pen.
If these two meet up in the ALCS or ALDS, it'll be a lot of fun. I'd take Boston in seven if they meet in the LCS.