Sooner or later, the Red Sox balloon was bound to burst. No franchise could be expected to sustain such a draining and taxing regimen for so long a time.
Bud Selig talks about parity, but winter moves shift the power in baseball even more firmly to the east. A salary cap or other equalizing measure would limit the ability of its biggest, most watched teams to dominate.
Josh Hamilton and David Ortiz each had opportunities to clear their conscience Saturday, but only one -- Hamilton -- sounded like a human being.
After a devastating loss in Game 5, the Rays can't let their thoughts betray them if they hope to advance to the World Series.
Though a playoff berth has not yet been guaranteed, and this was not the pressure of October, the Rays learned they could compete -- and beat -- the Red Sox on a big stage, Howard Bryant writes.
Time will tell if the Rockies' accomplishments this season represent a springboard to future successes or if the magic of '07 remains in a time capsule.
Gone are the seven-game epics that ended in misery. The Red Sox are writing a new history, one marked by efficiency and excellence.
In Game 2, the Rockies will rebound from their opening-game blowout and prove the series is far from over.
While the Rockies are on an unbelievable run, it's hard to bet against Boston's dominant pitching, big bats and past experience.
Having pitched poorly thus far in the playoffs, Daisuke Matsuzaka will face the most pressure with the Red Sox needing a win in Game 7 to advance to the World Series.
Facing potentially his last start as a member of the Red Sox, Curt Schilling craves the big stage and the sense of theater that will come along with it.
C.C. Sabathia was tough and resolute throughout Game 5, but not dominant -- and his night should have ended after six innings.
Cleveland is flush. Boston is dead broke. Here's a checklist of the money moments over the past three ALCS games.
Daisuke Matsuzaka was signed for moments like the one he faced in Game 3, but he once again failed to deliver on the postseason stage.
Not only must Fausto Carmona keep the Indians from falling into an 0-2 hole, but he also must give the Red Sox hitters an attitude adjustment.
In something of a role reversal, Curt Schilling and the Boston Red Sox have gone from the hunter to the hunted.