Today is the day that both L.A. baseball teams start their journey into the playoffs. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will be begin hosting the Boston Red Sox here in Anaheim, while the Los Angeles Dodgers are off in Chicago to face the Cubs.
The addition of key players has helped booster the clubs and has made them very tough. Red Sox acquired Jason Bay, while the Halos brought in Mark Texeira (pictured on right) from the Braves. Texeira is batting from both sides of the plate, which makes him that much more powerful. Hitting behind is Big Vlad. That combination will be something the Sox will be very careful about. Even though the Red Sox have always eliminated the Angels in the playoffs in the past, the Angels are favored to advance this time around.
The boys in blue also have their hands full. The Dodgers haven't done so well against the Cubs this season. During those games, though, Dodgers were struggling and were full with injuries. It's a whole new team now.
Andre Ethier has been hot all year, and so has James Loney. With the return of Rafael Furcal, and the acquisitions of Manny Ramirez (pictured on left) and Casey Blake, the Dodgers look to do well this year. They have not won the World Series in 20 years, with winning only one playoff game during that stretch. Things are different now. Who knows. We may see a freeway series on the big stage.