A great start to the Tigers series. The Sox followed a familiar formula to victory Friday: great starting pitching and plenty of power. Like it or not, that's how this team wins games. Everyone knows this team is going as far as its starting pitching carries it. But the starters should have something of a cushion because the line-up can pound the ball. For all the talk of execution, this team is dangerous because it has more guys who can hit the ball out of the park than anyone else in the league. If the top of the line-up can just get their butts on base, then those homeruns will win even more ballgames. Since 2004, the team that hits the most home runs in a game has won 75% of the time.
That's a great stat for Sox fans. So, let's hope the Sox can repeat that familiar formula today.