One thing I forgot in my forecast for game 1. The weather!
It will be cold and raw, which will favor the pitchers.
At the same time, there will be a strong wind blowing out toward right field, which will favor left-handed hitters, especially those that lift the ball high in the air, like, say, Big Papi!
Of course, Sabathia is tougher on lefties, which is why Kielty is starting in place of J.D. Drew.
The hitters have to be able to at least get the ball up in the air before the wind will help with it.
So, my prediction of 3-1 might be a bit low, if hitters are able to get the ball in the air for some wind-blown extra-base hits.