American League Championship Series
By general consensus, the Red Sox and Detroit Tigers are meeting in the American League Championship Series for all the right reasons: because they're the two best teams in the league. "This is how it should be,'' said a scout not affiliated with either club. "The two best teams (in the A.L.) playing for the right to go to the World Series.'' Not much separated the teams during the season. In seven head-to-head meetings, the Tigers won four and the Red Sox won three. Few would be surprised if the ALCS goes the distance, meaning seven more games between the two. For the Red Sox to be successful and win their first American League pennant since 2007, they'll need to accomplish a few specific things. Here, then, are five keys to the series.