ANAHEIM, Calif. — From the beginning, the whole thing seemed a bit … off.



ANAHEIM, Calif. – The rumors were flying Thursday: Jason Varitek was going to get his start.



ANAHEIM, Calif. — As they limped through July, the question began blaring like a siren. Could the Red Sox offense be fixed?



ANAHEIM, Calif. — They were perhaps the most important few days of the Red Sox’ season.



ROB BRADFORD

 

ALDS

Sox over the Angels in 5

Yanks over Twins in 3

NLDS

Cardinals over the Dodgers in 5



ANAHEIM, Calif. — This was John Lackey following the fourth, and final, game of the 2008 American League Division Series.



The legend of Daniel Bard was born three years ago at this time. A first-round pick in the 2006 draft, Bard made his professional debut in the Florida Instructional League. And there, the young pitcher made heads turn.



The 2009 regular season is now in the books, meaning that it’s time to fling some hardware — or at least to pretend to fling it, since no one on our panel of esteemed WEEI.com staffers is a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America.



If power pitchers thrive in October, then no one is better positioned than the Red Sox to make hay in the postseason.



In all likelihood, when the Division Series against the Angels opens this week, Jon Lester will be the Game 1 starter for the second straight season.