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5 Reasons Why The Boston Red Sox Will Win The ALCS

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5 Reasons Why The Boston Red Sox Will Win The ALCS

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The Boston Red Sox are one of the greatest franchise turnarounds in recent sports history. The Red Sox looked to have bottomed out the last few seasons. From Terry Francona losing the locker room, to drinking in the clubhouse, to the fiasco that was Bobby Valentine it looked like the Sox wouldn't get back to their former glory for quite a long time. Believe it or not they are now one game away from the World Series.

GM Ben Cherington -- who for my money should be a shoo-in for executive of the year -- started by ridding the Red Sox of high salaried, under-performing players like Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and the much maligned Josh Beckett.

This seemed to breathe new life into the organization. Cherington and company focused on getting Red Sox type players. They targeted gritty, wear your heart on your sleeve, warrior types that could grind it out for 162 games. They found two in Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli.

Not only were these guys productive in the regular season and a huge part of the Red Sox' epic turnaround, but they have been huge pieces in the club's postseason success so far.

The Red Sox also went and retooled their bullpen. Strike thrower Koji Uehara at $4.25 million may be the best bargain in all of baseball. He simply has pinpoint control and never walks people. He hasn't allowed a base on balls since August which is staggering. He is also going through one of the best stretches in terms of not just walks but earned runs allowed that any reliever has had in the history of the game. An extension is looming for the Japanese fireballer.

The Red Sox and Detroit Tigers have been in an all out war so far in this ALCS. Let's take a look at 5 reasons why the Red Sox will win this series.

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David Ortiz And The Red Sox' Power Hitting

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David Ortiz is the most dangerous hitter in postseason baseball, and he can simply change the game with one swing. Mike Napoli's power hitting has also been an x-factor in this series. Ortiz, however, saves his power for the late innings, and he gives the Red Sox a huge edge.

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Dustin Pedroia And His Leadership

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Captain Clutch. Another gritty Red Sox player that gets it done when it counts, Pedroia lays his body on the line and always seems to make the big play in the field or get the big hit when it counts. Much like Ortiz he has a flair for the late inning dramatics.

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Jacoby Ellsbury And His Table Setting Ability

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Jacoby Ellsbury as a lead off hitter is a huge advantage for the Red Sox. He already has more stolen bases by himself than most teams do in this postseason. He gets hits, gets on, and scores runs which is a huge edge for the Red Sox.

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John Lackey's Big-Game Pitching Ability

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John Lackey has always been a big-game pitcher. Back to his days with the Angels he seems to thrive in the postseason when the calender flips to October. He will potentially take the mound in a winner take all Game 7, and if it comes to that, advantage Red Sox.

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Koji Uehara's Dominance

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Koji Uehara has been simply sublime this postseason. He came on for a five-out save and no Detroit Tiger came close to getting on base. He looks like he is on another planet right now. When the game gets to the late innings and it's close as it has been this entire series the Red Sox have the huge edge with Uehara at their disposal.