Originally Posted by 190hp4banger
I predicted 'Stros in 7. I know the Sox are a good team, but the 'Stros are better. They're just choking. They catch back up, they tie the game, pull ahead, etc, and when they're within reach or about to put the Sox away...they slip up. I've been a fan of both teams since I was very young, and I really feel like the 'Stros are better, but as y'all can see, they've got "Chris Simms syndrome" (aka choke artist syndrome).
I don't see how you can say they are better. The Sox have the better record and argueably the tougher division. And they made shorter work of their opponents in the post season. Naturally being in the NL with no DH, the Stros have the lower team ERA, yet despite not facing a DH, the stros ERA is only .10 better than that of the Sox and the WHIP nearly identical. As for the playoffs, the Sox have the better ERA, WHIP, HIT, OBA, and walk ratio than the Stros.
Hitting wise, hands down, the Sox posted better regular season and postseason. They ranked higher in Hits, HR's, Runs, RBI's, Stolen Bases, OBP, SLG, etc.
I'm just confused as to how you Stros fans can't see that the Sox are the better team. As for choking, I disagree. the Astros are the ones with all the Post Season veterans (Pettite, Clemens, etc). The Sox are simply outplaying them like they should.